Archive | September, 2006

“Huge” star visits the valley

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Adult film actor/director Ron Jeremy visited JMU last night to engage in a debate about the porn industry with travelling anti-porn pastor Craig Gross. Thousands showed up at Wilson Hall to see the sold out show and with a star with a cult following like Ron Jeremy’s, it’s no wonder the debate was part discussion […]

the trouble with Elkton

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

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The town of Elkton hasn’t been doing itself any favors in the news lately (or perhaps ever). The DNR has published story after story about how messed up Elkton is. Now the Elkton council is talking about terminating a third contract (this one a sewage engineering contract with Anderson). Last week, the DNR ran this […]

H’burg Happenings – Mid September

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


RECENTLY: Jim Webb visited Jess’s Quick Lunch. Ralph Sampson (who helped the HHS Streaks to win two state AA championships, went on to play in the NBA, and has a park in NE H’burg named after him) is going to serve two months in jail for mail fraud involving non-payment of child support. WXJM is […]

more white collar jobs

Friday, September 8, 2006


The DNR is reporting that SI International in Harrisonburg recently picked up a government contract for the US Patent & Trademark Office. The contract should create 150 new “white-collar jobs” in the city. The workers will be filing and classifying grant applications: “SI will be the only company to provide classification, software and technology support […]

convicted Kurds still in national news

Thursday, September 7, 2006

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While it’s old news to townies, the story of the four local Kurdish men convicted of violating the Patriot Act is still making national news. This time on NPR. I feel no need to rehash what’s already been written about the subject, but here are some links (for archival purposes, if for nothing else) Barkley […]

weed & seed shut down

Wednesday, September 6, 2006


The Harrisonburg Weed & Seed community has lost it’s funding. (DNR) According to the DOJ website, “Weed & Seed is foremost a strategy—rather than a grant program—that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in designated high-crime neighborhoods across the country.” The Harrisonburg “strategy” focused primarily on “high crime” […]

smoke-free H’burg?

Tuesday, September 5, 2006


It seems rather unlikely at this point, considering tobacco is Virginia’s number one cash crop, and Virginia is one of the biggest tobacco product manufacturing states in the US (meaning the tobacco lobby still has a lot of pull in Virginia politics). But there may be legislation in the works that could put a ban […]

block party moved indoors

Friday, September 1, 2006


Saturday’s Block Party in the Burg was supposed to happen outside on Court Square, but with rain expected throughout the weekend, organizers at the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance have decided to move the event into the Court Square Theater. The idea behind the block party is to get college freshmen and sophmores from JMU, EMU, and […]

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