Archive | January, 2009

The New Sideblog & Hashtag Test Day

Friday, January 16, 2009


You may have noticed the new combined feeds, in the right sidebar of the hburgnews homepage, called the “sideblog”. I wanted to give a quick run-down of what our intentions are with the sideblog and get some feedback from you all.

The push to privatize ABC

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Sen. Mark Obenshain is submitting a bill this session that would privatize Virginia’s state-run ABC liquor stores. From Garren Shipley’s story in the NVDaily: While the finer points are still being worked out, previous studies have found [that by divesting itself of its 331 ABC stores] the commonwealth could realize some $700 million in new […]

A little more transparency

Thursday, January 15, 2009


As Kai Degner pointed out on his blog yesterday, “all the supporting documentation for agenda items that City Council members receive in their packets prior to a meeting are now available to citizens via download in PDF format.” What used to be a one or two page agenda is now dozens of pages long. This […]

Different time zone?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


The Harrisonburg City Council voted a few minutes ago, an hour into the first regular meeting of 2009, to turn down a rezoning request. It was a three-to-two vote along party lines. Stay tuned.

Pike Church development

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


One of the final items in this evening’s City Council agenda (PDF) is the execution of an agreement between the city and Pike Church, LLC. The contract pertains to the large property just south of the truck stop off Main Street which lays across the city-county line. While details are still a little fuzzy, the […]

Question of the week: best way to take the chill off

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


With temperatures this week dipping into the lower teens, I’m wondering what hburgnews readers do to warm up when it’s cold.  Is there a particular hot beverage at a local cafe that thaws your soul?  Is there a place to hang out that’s unusually free of drafts, perhaps next to a crackling fireplace?  Post your […]

Another Speed Dating Event at Clementine

Friday, January 9, 2009


Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is hosting another speed dating event at Clementine restaurant. This event will take place Saturday, February 7th at 5 and 7 pm. Tickets are $25  and include 2 drinks, appetizers, and 10 dates. Visit the HDR website for more details and an application.

An Offer They Can’t Refuse?

Thursday, January 8, 2009


According to the DNR, Rosetta Stone is asking the city government for a bargain-priced building, a significant traffic change and precious upper-deck parking spaces at the Water Street deck.  In return, they are dangling the tantalizing offer of 100 new well-paying jobs.

Jogger killed in hit and run

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


A jogger was struck and killed by a hit and run driver around 5:30 a.m. today, according to a preliminary report from the HPD. It happened in the 1100 block of S. Main St., between Port Road and the railroad tracks near JMU. The victim’s identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, […]

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