Archive | January, 2008

Disc Golf Action in the ‘burg

Thursday, January 24, 2008


The 30 year old sport that has been rapidly gaining popularity around the country is starting to take on a more structured organization locally. Since the Westover Disc Golf Course was installed several years ago, the number of players in the area has increased steadily, even to the point where a second course at Smithland […]

One Court Square

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Last year, there were some setbacks in the city’s high tech plans other than the IPv6 flop. One Court Square, that empty building between TV3 and First Presbyterian Church downtown, was once touted as the new home for high tech businesses downtown.

“Taking a Bite” and Food System Conference

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


There have been several posts and discussions regarding the topic of local foods (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.).  John Eckman, Executive Director of the Valley Conservation Council and resident of Harrisonburg, did a civic soapbox (listener essay on WMRA) he titled “Taking a Bite” (sound clip). There’s a lot of wonderful things going on in the Valley […]

Local Arts Funding from Commonwealth

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


The Virginia Commission for the Arts is Virginia’s primary re-granting agent for the arts, and the GA’s support is directly related to funding we receive locally. As seen on page 33 in this PDF, within Delegate Matt Lohr’s District 26 in 2006-07, the following organizations received funding totaling over $53,000: the Arts Council of the […]

city paying itself back

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Last night, City Council voted to reduce the amount of money the Boys and Girls Club owes the city from $1.5 million to $750,000. This comes two weeks after Council voted to spend over $1.5 million to cover what the B&GC owes the city for improvements to the Simms Center. Council said it would reduce […]

JMU Alum Premieres “Teaching Kenya” Documentary at Court Square

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


On January 27th at 7 p.m., Teaching Kenya, a documentary about Kenya’s educational system as seen through the eyes of 15 local teachers who traveled there in 2006, will premiere at Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg.

Treasurer Investigation

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


The DNR has a story up about an investigation of the City Treasurer’s office. Police raided the Becky Neal’s office this afternoon. No one is saying anything official yet. Expect more info on hburgnews as it becomes available.

wind farm discussion at Clementine

Monday, January 21, 2008


You may have heard about the Highland County wind farm in the local or national media. There’s an ongoing conflict between Highland New Wind LLC, which wants to erect turbines for renewable energy, and locals and environmentalists who don’t want wind turbines marring the scenery. Now the legislators are intervening. The Shenandoah Sierra Club will […]

Obenshain’s immigration bill

Monday, January 21, 2008


Today Senator Mark Obenshain introduced SB782 to the Courts and Justice Committee. The bill would amend the state code so that state regulatory bodies can revoke an employer’s license if s/he employ “persons who are not legally eligible to be employed in the United States.” Earlier this month, Obenshain told the DNR that “he does […]

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    Friendly City Food Co-Op, Harrisonburg’s consumer-owned grocery, invites the community to come see its new destination for natural, organic and locally-produced products at the store’s grand opening 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9 at 150 East Wolfe Street.

  • Friendly City Becomes Member of National Cooperative Grocers Association

    HARRISONBURG, VA — Friendly City Food Co-op, slated to open this month in Harrisonburg, Va., has become the newest member of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide.

  • Harrisonburg Recognized as a Bike Friendly Community

    May 2: Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations over the weekend to kick off May as National Bike Month.