Archive | August, 2006

Is there really a gang problem?

Monday, August 14, 2006


Six months ago, courts in Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta, and Rockbridge formed an anti-gang grand jury to prosecute crimes related to street gang activity. Their first official indictment: Justin King, a 20 year-old guy charged with being a gang member and tagging some Ryder trucks in Harrisonburg (damages estimated under $1000). What the DNR article doesn’t […]

Restaurant Review: Dona Rosa

Monday, August 14, 2006


by Barnabas I went out on Saturday to Dona Rosa. It was about 4:30 and it was empty, which I thought was great. I liked the artwork and the overall décor it seemed authentic without jumping out at you. The atmosphere was relaxed, but the place being empty may have added to the tranquil environment. […]

Valley losing money over fish kill

Monday, August 14, 2006


JMU prof Maria Papadakis says that her recent study shows an estimated loss of $680,000 due to the mysterious deaths of tens of thousands of adult smallmouth bass and redbreast sunfish in recent years. Fewer and fewer fisherman are getting their freshwater licenses, because there aren’t many fish left. Papadakis’ estimate doesn’t account for the […]

route 11 documentary in production

Sunday, August 13, 2006

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There used to be buffalo in the burg. Filmmaker Wayne Bronson claims he can still make out the paths they carved along Route 11. Bronson is in Harrisonburg with a small crew this weekend shooting a documentary about the old Valley turnpike. The 12-part series, titled Road Trip to History covers the road from Hburg […]

Hburg Happenings – Mid August

Friday, August 11, 2006


Demolition crews are knocking down the Skyline Villiage shopping center (the old Toys R Us and Staples) to make way for Martin’s Food Market. No more empty parking lot to skate in. City Exchange Apartments, those fancy flats and lofts built in the old Wetsel Seed warehouse are just about finished. They look really nice […]

state politicians visiting the burg

Friday, August 11, 2006

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Senator George Allen will be giving a “Federal Issues Update” at the Spotswood Country Club on Thursday, August 24th at 11:30 am. According to the HRCC email, Allen will be speaking on immigration, social security reform, and transportation. The event is sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, but I could’t find anything about it […]

The New Port Republic

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Road crews are scrambling to finish construction on the downhill side of Port Republic — between Devon and Neff — before JMU students return like a tidal wave in a mere two weeks. I was there today and saw a crew marking the bike lanes for painting. There’s a sidewalk and bike lane on each […]

Media Ownership in the Valley

Wednesday, August 9, 2006


...the same concepts that apply to the big 10 are at play in the microcosm of the Valley. There is an illusion of many sources for news, when in reality, there are only a few. The three main media owners in Harrisonburg are Gray (WHSV, the new FOX station and 32 other stations in the US) Byrd Newspapers (the DNR, Rocktown, The North Fork Journal, as well as numerous other Virginia newspapers) and VerStandig Broadcasting (WSVA, ESPN 1360, Q 101, and six other radio stations in Hburg and Hagerstown).

Asphalt and Money

Tuesday, August 8, 2006


If you follow Virginia politics, you already know that one of the biggest issues facing the state legislature this year is transportation. The short of it: the House of Reps and the State Senate couldn’t agree on tax increases to provide more money for VA transportation needs. If you want to read more about it, […]

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