Rockingham County, VA

Harrisonburg, VAWHSV

Private recycling company is headed to Harrisonburg

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ/Governor’s Office Release) - Governor Ralph Northam has announced a new $3 million investment to pilot the Return to Earn Grant Program, designed to match payments from eligible small businesses to provide new hires with up to $1,000 each to support their transition back into the workforce. With COVID-related business restrictions dropped, and employment programs getting back to pre-COVID rules regarding job-hunting, people are returning to the workforce, many for the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020. While many companies are offering hiring bonuses, the Return to Earn Grant Program will serve businesses, with fewer than 100 employees each, that may not have the resources to provide this financial support, said Northam. The launch of this program will be funded through Virginia’s federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); additional recovery funds may be allocated based on demand. “Many Virginians who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic still face a variety of barriers to returning to work, like access to affordable child care, transportation, and a living wage,” said Governor Northam. “These bonuses will serve as an incentive for unemployed workers to get back into the workforce while also helping employers fill vacant jobs. The Virginia Return to Earn Grant Program is about empowering the true catalysts of our economic comeback—Virginia’s workers and small businesses.” This initiative is designed to match up to $500 that a qualifying small business pays directly to a new employee hired after May 31, 2021, either as a lump sum or in installments, to offset the ongoing costs of child care, transportation or other barriers to re-employment. Funds will only be reimbursed to businesses for new hires in positions that pay at least $15 per hour, and that qualify as W-2 employment, either full- or part-time. To help address workforce shortages in child care, qualifying child care businesses may qualify for up to $500 per new hire without the match requirement. “For Virginia to fully recover from the impacts of the pandemic on our economy, we need targeted solutions,” said Chief Workforce Development Advisor Dr. Megan Healy. “One in three Virginia workers has applied for unemployment benefits over the course of the pandemic. The new Return to Earn Grant Program will accomplish a dual purpose of helping unemployed Virginians transition back into living wage jobs, particularly in the child care industry, and supporting small businesses with their hiring needs.” Republican state senators Thomas K. Norment, Jr. and Stephen D. Newman say the program is too one-sided, and are calling for a special session. “Following the ‘Back to Work’ bonuses we proposed last month, Governor Northam has now proposed ‘Return to Earn.’ His scheme, however, is clearly designed to adhere to a partisan agenda and not in the best interests of workers, employers, or the Commonwealth.” The senators continued, “Had the Governor called a special session to act on our plan as we suggested on May 25, the proposal he offered today could have been more robust, benefitting employees and employers while rectifying our current employment crisis. “Requiring businesses to pay bonuses to participate, and mandating a higher wage rate if they do, will result in a limited number of businesses availing themselves of this program. By continuing the $300 per week supplemental unemployment payments, the Governor’s proposal places these state bonuses in competition with the federal government’s, doing little to encourage many to return to the workforce. “We are a special session away from getting this right. “While the administration has finally acknowledged the employment crisis with which Virginia’s businesses are having to grapple, they have once again done so by executive edict. Virginia has had to endure single-man rule for over a year now and the Commonwealth is not better off as a result. “The Governor needs to call the General Assembly into special session to address the employment crisis and amend the 2020-2022 budget to reflect allocations related to the American Rescue Plan Act. And, he needs to do so as soon as possible.” The launch of the program coincides with the reinstatement of the weekly work search requirement in Virginia, which started the week of May 31, 2021. Virginians receiving unemployment benefits must make contact with employers each week and accept reasonable offers of employment. June 1, the Commonwealth also reopened its Virginia Career Works Centers for in-person services to ensure Virginians making the transition back to the workforce have access to the resources they need to find high-quality jobs, according to Northam. Jobseekers can continue to access resources virtually through the Virginia Career Works Referral Portal. For additional information on requirements and to apply for Return to Earn grant funding, small businesses should contact their local Virginia Career Works Center. Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here.
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One new fatal Covid case in valley

One of Virginia’s 13 fatal cases of coronavirus being reported today was here in the valley. The Virginia Department of Health reports Rockingham County suffered its 112 death since the COVID pandemic began. Rockingham has recorded the only three deaths in the listening area this week. New cases counts remained...
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County Woman Charged In Elkton Arson

Rockingham County fire marshals charged a woman accused of setting fire to a home Tuesday morning. Laurel Christine Ansell, 36, of Rockingham County, is charged with felony arson, felony drug possession and felony prisoner in possession of an unlawful chemical. Ansell appeared in Rockingham County General District Court on Wednesday.
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Boyers Road residents react to pause on development

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - After months of planning and meetings with the county, Baum Investments LLC. pulled out on their application for developing on Boyers Road. The project would have constructed 35 new apartments and 23 new townhomes facing the Barrington neighborhood, as well as a storage unit facility in the back of the property.
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Two new Covid cases in Rockingham County

Virginia is reporting just seven new COVID related deaths, but two of them were in Rockingham County. While a modest amount, Rockingham also had the valley’s largest number of new cases…four and both new hospitalizations reported in the listening area today. Shenandoah County continued to see its total number of...
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Familiar Roots Run Deep In Rockingham's Century Farms

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part look at Century Farms in our area. As the sealed entrance opened, sunlight unveiled a few feet of a darkened and chilled corridor that led to the depths of the Melrose Caverns. Every few dozen steps, Jack Yancey flips a switch...
Broadway, VAWHSV

Broadway teen dedicates FFA jackets to members who have passed

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Thomas Lohr, a student at Broadway high school, recently received a grant from the national FFA organization to create an official dress closet at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School. Those nine jackets would be available to students who can’t afford them or needed them for a short period of time.
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County Approves Bed-And-Breakfast, Event Center Request

When Court Manor was in the process of being sold in 2020, Cottonwood Commercial referred to the property as a “historical gem,” according to its website. Under new ownership, the private estate will soon be shared with the community as the newest wedding and event center. On Wednesday, the Rockingham...

WSVA Allergy report for June 9, 2021

1967 Medical Avenue*Harrisonburg, VA 22801*(540) 442-1000. Pollen/Mold Spore Count for the Shenandoah Valley Area (Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and Surrounding Area) Date: June 9, 2021 is the date of pollen and mold spore collection. The collection represents the 24 hour period ending the morning of collection. The Date of newspaper publication is one day later.
Elkton, VAWHSV

Structure fire in Elkton, house total loss

ELKTON, Va. (WHSV) - Rockingham County Fire and Rescue responded to a call about a structure fire prior to 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Officials say the residence, in the 4000 block of Park Way in Elkton, was engulfed in flames. As of 11:30 Monday morning, responders were still in the process of putting it out.
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Versatile Fox Does It All For East Rockingham

Despite being listed in only two running events for the evening, Margo Fox stayed busy sprinting. The East Rockingham junior spent much of Wednesday afternoon in a dash across the school’s football field from the high jump area over to the opposite end where long jump, pole vault and other field events were taking place.
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Linda D. Rohrer

Linda Diane Smallwood Rohrer, 65, a resident of Rockingham, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at her home. Mrs. Rohrer was born July 24, 1955, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late James and Virginia See Smallwood. Linda was a cook and caregiver for many years, but...
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County To Mull Boyers Crossing Development, Bed-And-Breakfast

The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors will have a lengthy meeting Wednesday as six action items are listed on the agenda, including the widely debated and recently modified Boyers Crossing development. Beginning at 6 p.m., the board will host a public hearing on three special-use permit requests and two ordinance...
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RCPS Prepares For Summer School

There are a mere two days left of the 2020-21 school year for Rockingham County Public Schools in one of the division’s most challenging years ever. Students and teachers need a break, but for some, that break will be short as summer school is right around the corner. RCPS will...

WSVA Allergy report for June 7, 2021

1967 Medical Avenue*Harrisonburg, VA 22801*(540) 442-1000. Pollen/Mold Spore Count for the Shenandoah Valley Area (Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and Surrounding Area) Date: June 7, 2021 is the date of pollen and mold spore collection. The collection represents the 24 hour period ending the morning of collection. The Date of newspaper publication is one day later.
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Roberta 'Betty' Elizabeth Blood

Roberta “Betty” Elizabeth Blood, 97, of Rockingham County, Va., formerly of Gaithersburg, Md., passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, at Sentara RMH Medical Center. She had resided at White Birch Communities for the past several years. She was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Frederick, Md., to the late Robert Eugene Davis and Violet Elizabeth King Davis.