Archive | February, 2010

Degner To Launch Harrisonburg Times

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Mayor Kai Degner is putting together a local news organization in reaction to what he and others deem deficiencies and biases in the local news media. The first post on Harrisonburg Times cites the Daily News-Record’s editorial bias, website paywall, and a lack of in-depth reporting on WHSV as reasons to start something new.

Reimagining hburgnews

Friday, February 26, 2010


Last month hburgnews reader Chris Gillis created a mock-up of a redesign of this blog. It’s conceptual (not in-the-works) but I like it and wanted to share it. We’re interested in hearing your ideas for improving the site.

One Court Square: Use vs Bid

Friday, February 26, 2010


One Court Square has been vacant for so long, it’s become a sort of unfunny joke among certain downtowners. The city and HRHA bought the property for $1 million in 2004, spent another $450,000 on renovations, and has been unsuccessfully trying to break even on a sale ever since. Despite rumors of businesses moving in, […]

City Vies For High Speed Internet Trial

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Harrisonburg is in competition with a myriad of cities across the country for Google’s attention. Earlier this month, the tech giant announced plans “to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States.” City officials want Harrisonburg to be the epicenter of those 1 gigabit-per-second fiber […]

Snow Costs…So Far

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


At last night’s City Council meeting, the city’s Director of Public Works Jim Baker said that this year’s winter weather has already busted the budget by costing more than twice thrice the amount allocated for snow and ice removal.  The 2010 budget set aside $220,773 for snow and ice removal, but Baker says that due […]

More 3G In The County?

Monday, February 22, 2010


You’ve seen the Verizon ads mocking AT&T’s 3G coverage map. AT&T is working to change that image. Last week, AT&T announced a $19 billion investment plan for Virginia (story via WSVA). The telecom giant announced “the addition of nearly 70 cell sites and the upgrade of more than 200 additional cell sites to 3G.”

Business Summit & Economic Outlook

Friday, February 19, 2010


Yesterday morning around 200 local business owners, managers, organizers and leaders gathered at First Presbyterian Church to hear a sometimes gloomy economic forecast for the Harrisonburg metro area. The event combined the annual Chamber of Commerce economic forecast with the Harrisonburg Summit on business and the economy.

Best Buy Moving In

Thursday, February 18, 2010


The rumor floated on Twitter last week is confirmed in today’s Daily News-Record: Best Buy is coming to town. According to the story, it’s expected to open in May in the former Circuit City location in Harrisonburg Crossing.

Rockingham edges local counties in overall health

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Guest blogger Alex sifts through a new report on health rankings in Virginia. Rockingham County ranks 18 in overall health statewide out of 132 ranked counties and incorporated cities, according to the County Health Rankings project, based at the University of Wisconsin, with Shenandoah County coming in at 24, Harrisonburg at 33, Augusta County at […]

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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.