Archive | December, 2007

Intent? Result’s the same

Friday, December 14, 2007


The DNR ran headlined stories in 2001, 2003, and 2007 when white males were elected chair of the Harrisonburg Democratic Committee. If such a story ran when Cheryl Talley became the first female African-American in that position in 2005, I’m still looking for it.

Gingerbread House Workshop to Benefit United Way

Friday, December 14, 2007


You Are Invited This Saturday What: Gingerbread House Workshop When: Sat. Dec. 15, 10 am – 4 pm (come anytime during these hours) Why: All proceeds benefit the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham Co.

friendly city?

Thursday, December 13, 2007


A faith group in north Harrisonburg called Early Church wants to open a long-term shelter “for people in transition and difficult life circumstances” at 151 Fifth Street. But the group needed to get it re-zoned in order for that to happen. Last night, they went before the Planning Commission.

seven stories on Devon and Port

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


As reported in the DNR November 16, and again today, construction on a seven-story apartment/retail building on the corner of Devon and Port Road is expected to begin soon. Council voted 4-1 in favor of the new building, on the unanimous recommendation of the Planning Commission.

anti-racist story continues

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


If you check the DNR today, you’ll find that the anti-racists and white supremacists have made their way back into the headlines. As was mentioned in the comments of the previous hburgnews story, the Little Grill show was canceled, due to “vague threats” from white supremacists. ARAH has said anti-racists will be gathering on Court […]

we’re number two

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Last year, Farmers Insurance Group rated Harrisonburg the ninth “most secure” out of 138 U.S. cities with fewer than 150,000 people. Yesterday WHSV reported, “Harrisonburg has been named the second most secure small town in the United States. The rankings were based on crime statistics, extreme weather, life expectancy, and job loss numbers.” The city […]

when globalization hits home

Friday, December 7, 2007


There are two seemingly unrelated stories in the local news today that brought to mind the effects of globalization in the Valley. TV3 reports that “89,000 fewer people will be farmers in 2016, compared to now.” Although that’s a national statistic, one would assume that trend will apply to farmers in the Valley, as well. […]

anti-racists have their day in court

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


On October 20, several activists calling themselves Anti Racist Action Harrisonburg (ARAH) confronted three men in Barnes & Noble — men ARAH believed were white supremacists — and created a disturbance, publically accusing the three men them of being neo-nazis. Three activists spent the night in jail, and were charged with wearing masks in public, […]

Scam in the Mail

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


This week, I received a piece of mail addressed to me at my home. It was a regular, plain, white envelope with my address printed from what looks like a home deskjet printer. There was a letter and a real check enclosed (click to see copy. Sorry the check didn’t scan correctly). I had won $250,000! Or not. […]

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