Local Census Data Released; Redistricting Possibilities

Friday, February 4, 2011

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Local Census Data Released; Redistricting Possibilities

Census figures for Virginia are out, and so is the redistricting guessing game. The process kicks off when the gov calls a special session for the spring to redraw districts.  Virginia has 8M people, up from 7.1M ten years ago (13 percent growth). Rockingham County matched the state growth rate, at 12.7 percent, going from […]

Soon to be gone

Friday, November 27, 2009


Nature is trying to reclaim this building along South Main Street in Harrisonburg, and teenagers with brightly colored paint tried to get it first. The construction of the Erickson Avenue Extension will finally take it before anything else can. The highway will be the building’s conclusion, but I don’t know if there’s any to be […]

JMU charges Breeze reporters

Saturday, October 24, 2009


According to reports in the Breeze and a local paywalled publication, two Breeze reporters face University charges after interviewing students about a peeping tom incident. University spokespersons have been silent on the issue.

Virginia’s latest budget

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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The budget revisions show a $9.8 million cut for JMU out of $74 million for the 2010 fiscal year, but that will be mitigated by money set aside in case of budget revisions (or reversions as they’re known when state agencies give money back) and by stimulus funds. The full report is here. The report […]

Insurance to be billed for ambulances

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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WHSV reports on the Harrisonburg City Council decision to begin charging insurance companies for ambulance service. Some involved with the issue have said many other localities state- and nationwide already use the same billing process.

Changing Chamber chief

Thursday, August 20, 2009


The DNR reports today that the Chamber of Commerce head in Harrisonburg is stepping down. The story uses several common journalistic techniques to imply there’s more to the story than the DNR can find out, or that they have the story but can’t use it. Wonder which?

Hburg: Highest uninsured rate

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


WSVA is reporting on Census Bureau estimates showing Harrisonburg with the highest rate of uninsured residents, 28.5 percent, in the state. News reports attribute Harrisonburg’s high rate to the number of college students. Statewide, the figure is 15.5 percent, about 1,034,000 Virginians.

Public discourse under siege?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Dayton recently tightened its rules for speakers at council meetings, after loosening them up earlier this year. Meanwhile, tea-baggers are shouting down speakers they disagree with at health care discussions.

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.

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