Archive | July, 2009

Rally Against Dems’ Health Plan

Friday, July 31, 2009


Americans For Prosperity Virginia, the conservative PAC instrumental in the organization of the Tea Party protests, stopped in Harrisonburg today. But the purpose of this visit wasn’t taxes or tea. It was to oppose Obama’s health care reform proposal. I spoke with AFP organizer Ben Marchi and Suzanne Kate Obenshain.

Fighting the Power Rate Increase

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Allegheny Power has filed with the SCC for power rate increases in neighboring counties in Virginia and West Virginia. John Lesinski, who is challenging incumbent Del. Todd Gilbert in the 15th District House of Delegates race, is leading a group of concerned citizens from Page, Shenandoah, and Rockingham counties to deliver a petition to stop […]

First flu at JMU?

Thursday, July 30, 2009


WHSV reports a camp closing at JMU because of H1N1 flu (swine flu, in the vernacular), and a letter to faculty and staff about the situation.

City Council rejects chickens

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Harrisonburg City Council votes 3-2 to reject an ordinance allowing chickens in the city on lots of 7,000 square feet. A motion to allow chickens on 2-acre lots ensues. passes 3-2. (ETA: Degner and Byrd voted no on both motions. Frank and Wiens voted for both. Baugh voted against allowing chickens no the smaller lots, […]

Bell vs Curren in the 20th

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


As expected, Staunton city councilman “Dickie” Bell was selected by 20th district Republicans to take Del. Chris Saxman’s place in the race against Democrat Erik Curren. Bell was chosen from a field of eight seven candidates.

hburgnews Photography Project

Monday, July 27, 2009


Remember when I wrote that we had some projects in the works that we will need your help with? Well, this is one of them. We want to photograph everything in Harrisonburg for use in future hburgnews stories.

Is Twitter Mainstream?

Friday, July 24, 2009


How do you know when a trend has gone from a subculture secret to a widespread fad?

Drug and DWI Cases Blown Wide Open?

Thursday, July 23, 2009


A recent Supreme Court precedent is “tying the hands of prosecutors,” according to Del. Todd Gilbert, and could be letting defendants charged with certain drug or alcohol-related offenses off the hook.

Is ‘Affordable Housing’ ‘Smart Growth’?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


A recent issue before City Council appeared for two members to come down to the “smart growth” project being “affordable housing. “ Was it? The expressions, like many used in civic discourse, do have definitions beyond the dictionary meaning of the two words used alone. And this project apparently failed the affordable housing test according […]

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  • Friendly City Grand Opening Set for July 9

    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.