Top Headlines on April 23

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

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Police Warn Drivers of Most Dangerous Roads in Harrisonburg

Reporter: Litsa Pappas

Your morning commute or just a drive around Harrisonburg running errands can be putting your life in jeopardy.


That depends on which streets you take because you may drive through one of the city's most dangerous intersections.

Harrisonburg Police Sergeant Pete Ritchie is mapping out where those areas are.

This year's top three: Reservoir Street, Port Republic Road, and East Market Street.

Drivers like Kenneth Hilliard aren't surprised that Reservoir is the worst.

"I've noticed it and I've seen quite a few accidents," said Hilliard about Reservoir.

Ritchie says along Reservoir between Cantrell and Neff Avenues police have seen 50 car crashes this year alone.

"Just as if you put a pin on a map, and you keep putting pins on a map, then you look at the overall map, you're like 'wow that's significant.' We need to somehow do something about that," said Ritchie.

The map shows the most dangerous road by far is Reservoir. The reason? Ritchie says there are lots of businesses and distracted drivers.

"Some of these accidents are because people motion people to come out when it's not safe and it's not clear," said Ritchie.

Some drivers already know it's not safe, and they say they're extra careful on these roads.

"You have to be on the defense, besides your own driving, you have to look out for everybody and they've got to look out for you too but it doesn't always work that way," said Hilliard.

Ritchie says the city is already looking to expand part of Reservoir Street to help traffic. Plus, he says officers may add signs that say Reservoir Street is a 'high risk' area to warn drivers.


Valley High School Gets High Ranking in National List

Reporter: WHSV News Staff


HARRISONBURG -- A high school in the Valley made a list as one of the most challenging schools in the country.

The Washington Post ranked Harrisonburg High School near the top of its annual list. The high school ranked 81st out of more than 300 high schools in the state. It's also ranked one of the top 2,000 schools in the country. There are more than 24,000 public high schools in the U.S.

The ranking scale is based on test scores and the number of graduates a school has.


School Board Finds Ways to Better Workplace for Employees

Reporter: Litsa Pappas


The Rockingham County School Board is working hard to create a better workplace for its employees.

In a district survey, most employees say they want more respect and trust.

School board members met Monday night to discuss ways to address those issues.

Right now they plan to have a committee to meet with the superintendent every month to talk about what needs to change.

The school board has also proposed a 2% salary increase for all employees. That all depends on how the budget works out this year.






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