Archive | December, 2008

New “Wayfinding” Signs in the City

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


You have probably noticed the new large blue and yellow signs around the City of Harrisonburg. They are part of the “Next Step Downtown” project and were created by NW Sign Industries in Virginia Beach in collaboration with the city’s Department of Public Works and based on conceptual designs by Frazier and Associates of Staunton. […]

Remember, look out for the union label

Monday, December 8, 2008


“It will be too late when the union shows up at your door!” So warns the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in promoting this event. One wonders who the audience is. How many companies in the city and county are in “danger” of unionization if the election process is eased and, as EFCA intends, the power […]

The War on non-Christmas

Monday, December 8, 2008


As some would tell it, saying “Merry Christmas” has become verboten in Harrisonburg.  The most recent flashpoint was the “Holiday Parade” last Friday, which some protested for not being called a “Christmas Parade”. 

eightyone on the DNR

Monday, December 8, 2008


You may have already seen this month’s cover story of eightyone on newsstands around town, but it’s worth mentioning here. It’s a comparison of the Central Valley’s three newspapers, and analysis and critique of how they’re coping with rapid changes in the news business (ironically, eightyone posted the story online more than a week after […]

3rd Grade Reading Levels and Prison Populations

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Went down to C’ville Saturday to the State Democratic Party Central meetings.  Most of the candidates for the governors race were there. Terry Mcauliffe mentioned one thing, almost as an aside, that really turned some heads.  He was talking about education, and pre-K programs, and said that the state uses third grade reading competency scores […]

Server Farm Finds Rich Soil in Harrisonburg

Friday, December 5, 2008


As Harrisonburg continues to draw more technology ventures, one is the growth of the thirteen-acre Blue Ridge Data Center (BRDC) located next to the Technology Park, as reported previously by WHSV and the DNR. An excerpt from the announcement posted to the Harrisonburg Economic Development website back in June states:

Heritage Oaks giving it away

Thursday, December 4, 2008


An ad in last Saturday’s DNR listed groups and businesses that donated goods and services to Rockingham County Weekday Religious Education, the Bible Bus. Among the donors: Heritage Oaks Golf Course. Yeah. That golf course.

Eventful Weekend in Harrisonburg

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


It’s going to be a big eventful weekend in Harrisonburg! There’s the Holiday Parade, Holiday’s on Main Street, JMU exams, the Men’s Basketball Game, the JMU Playoff Football Game and more. Here are some highlights:

Pilgrim’s Pride Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Monday, December 1, 2008

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Chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride, which has several sites in the local area including a processing plant in Broadway, VA, has filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. News of the bankruptcy comes less than 2 weeks after Pilgrim’s Pride announced it was laying off over 300 workers, and had been given extensions by […]

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  • 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.