Archive | March, 2008

job cuts at local Pilgrim’s Pride plant

Monday, March 24, 2008


Two weeks ago, Gxeremio wrote about the cutbacks at Pilgrim’s Pride, and wondered if any local Pilgrim’s facilities were “being reviewed” to be downsized. This evening, WHSV reports that 16 workers were laid off at the Timberville plant today.

(JMU) ecoSymposium 2

Monday, March 24, 2008


The second ecoSymposium will be held at JMU on Tuesday March 25. HHS 2301 from 7:00-8:15pm. The website says: The ecoSymposium showcases the research being done on the JMU campus in topics such as environmental sustainability and renewable energy. This event will give a short glimpse into the research projects of seniors in various majors (Geographic […]

trouble with biofuel?

Monday, March 24, 2008


Political leaders of the western world have pushed for biofuel initiatives, but now corn prices are soaring. In today’s Roanoke Times, Dennis Avery, a Shenandoah Valley farmer and director of the Center for Global Food Issues, rails against biofuels.

None Court Square

Monday, March 24, 2008


Jokes aside, the DNR reports that One Court Square could possibly have occupants soon: county probation officers and magistrates. Presumably there aren’t enough of those downtown. The city-owned building has been empty since 2004.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Have you seen the “Doodie-Free” campaign? If you haven’t, I hope you’re picking up your dog’s poop and if you want to find out why its good for your personal health, your neighbors yard, and the environment, go to or click on the pictures below.


Thursday, March 20, 2008


The Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference (MACRoCk) is being held April 4 and 5 in downtown Harrisonburg. Independent music fans from all over the region converge on the city for two days of live music and panel discussions. There was no conference last year, but it’s been resurrected this time around, making it the 11th conference. […]

False Papers

Thursday, March 20, 2008


In the wake of the ICE arrests, WMRA’s Martha Woodroof interviewed an unauthorized Guatemalan immigrant who used to work at the Cargill plant in Dayton. She asks him about working with false papers. Transcript and interview here.

Pilgrim’s Pride Suit

Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Pilgrim’s Pride is in the middle of a class action suit by employees who say they are not paid for “time they spent putting on and taking off protective gear.” The suit was reported last week by the AP, the Athens Banner-Herald, and yesterday in the DNR.

Sixth District Chair Dies

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


David Layman, chairman of the Sixth District Democratic Committee, died early Wednesday, according to an email from a committee member. He suffered an apparent heart attack at the beginning of a committee meeting in Lexington Tuesday night. David was one of the hard-working and unsung people behind the scenes who keep the political process working, […]

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