Archive | February, 2010

Online Transparency In Virginia

Friday, February 5, 2010


Are local governments doing a good job making the information you have a right to know publicly available on their websites? According to Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, “Localities in Virginia were generally dismal in their efforts at online financial transparency.” How do Harrisonburg and Rockingham County compare to other local governments when it […]

Numbers In: City $ to DNR

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


After a request for information, Harrisonburg Public Information Officer Miriam Dickler provided a list of recent city expenditures that have gone to the Daily News-Record.  The earliest expense listed is on July 15 of last year, and the most recent is January 20 of this year.  The total for this six-month period comes to $22,058.52. […]

ICE Arrests 12 In Harrisonburg Area

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Last Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the arrest of dozens of unauthorized immigrants and fugitives wanted for various criminal activities. The operation netted 36 people statewide; 12 arrests were made in the Harrisonburg area.

Bell’s School Funding Restrictions Advance

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


As reported by WHSV, Staunton Delegate Dickie Bell’s bill to establish a new requirement that schools spend 65% of their budgets on “instructional spending” is moving forward in the Virginia General Assembly.

Snow Open Thread

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Remember when snow day open threads used to be novel, fun, and rare? Those were the days. Feel free to add comments and updates about snow, road conditions, closures, and flooding on this post as the winter of ‘010 continues to dump on Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg Grows

Monday, February 1, 2010


According to a recent study by UVa’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, the Harrisonburg population grew a total of 15.9 percent between 2001 and 2009. Estimates on the spreadsheet indicate that 5.8 percent of that growth (2,355 people) was due to a “natural increase,” and 10.1 percent (4,088) was due to migration. During the […]

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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.