Archive | March, 2008

Cargill Buys Willow Brooks Foods

Monday, March 31, 2008


Cargill announced today that it has purchased Willow Brook Foods, a meat processor based in Springfield, Mo. WB is also involved in turkey production, and includes 3 plants and about 1200 employees. According to today’s press release, Cargill will continue to operate Willow Brook’s feed mill in Butterfield, Mo., and its Albert Lea, Minn., Schweigert […]

City transit bus involved in accident

Monday, March 31, 2008

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An accident involving a loaded city transit bus and a passenger vehicle in Rockingham County was investigated by officers with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement and Hose Company No. 4 responded to the accident around 3:20 Monday afternoon at the intersection of Port Republic Road and Reservoir Street. No one was injured in […]

primary blog drama

Monday, March 31, 2008


Some may remember all the blog drama between Republicans in (and out of) the 24th state senate district during the Hanger-Sayre primary last year. Now it appears some Democrats in the 6th congressional district may have fallen into the same hole.

Now in from the JMU Police Department, Email Scams

Friday, March 28, 2008


PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE JMU COMMUNITY Thursday, March 28, 2008 James Madison University would like to make you aware of an email scam that has been circulating again lately.

EVDO in the Valley?

Friday, March 28, 2008


I saw a tweet about this a few hours ago, and just saw Briggman’s post on — apparently Verizon’s Evolution-Data (EVDO) high-speed, third generation wireless broadband network now includes Harrisonburg, or at least parts of the area.

Evan Dyson’s blog

Friday, March 28, 2008


In case you didn’t catch it in the aggregator feed; photographer, JMU senior and editor of The Breeze, Evan Dyson, recently launched a behind-the-scenes news blog. To my knowledge, Evan was the first to cover the fire on North Main yesterday — yet another example of how fast blogs can move information. Evan may be […]

ACLU vs AG over in-state tuition

Thursday, March 27, 2008


You may remember when Sen. Emmett Hanger came under fire from Scott Sayre for supposedly voting “to allow illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates at Virginia’s colleges” (Hanger later clarified his position with a bill). Now the issue of in-state tuition for children of unauthorized immigrants is building to a crescendo in Virginia. Attorney General Bob […]

GOP musical chairs

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


A year ago, I posted something about the possibility of Sen. Mark Obenshain running for Attorney General. The only thing that’s changed between then and now is that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has decided to stay where he is, so AG Bob McDonnell can run for governor. Yesterday, the Richmond Times reported, “His decision means […]

wind farm in Rockingham?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Last month, the DNR reported that “an unnamed developer has been ‘eyeing’ western Rockingham County as one of several possible Virginia locations for a wind farm […] However, no such plans have been made public.” Today, the Richmond Times reports that “An unnamed company has started the application process to build 131 of the massive […]

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