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Will The 6th District Lose Roanoke?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

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Will The 6th District Lose Roanoke?

Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, is among the reddest Republican strongholds in the Commonwealth. If Democrats in the Virginia Senate have their way in the redistricting process, it could become even redder. Republican Bob Goodlatte has held office in the 6th CD since he was first elected in 1993. But […]

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 […]

What’s The Downtown Retail ‘Tipping Point?’

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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What’s The Downtown Retail ‘Tipping Point?’

The idea of mixed-use, high density living, where people reside in apartments over restaurants and retail shops, is appealing to many residents of downtown Harrisonburg. But while the apartments are occupied, many of the commercial spaces on the street level remain vacant. Last week Doug Manners reported in the Daily News-Record on the empty retail […]

The Golf Course Study Committee Report: Fore?

Friday, January 28, 2011

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The Golf Course Study Committee Report: Fore?

The Harrisonburg Golf Study Committee presented their final report to City Council at the Tuesday, January 25 meeting.  As the DNR reported, committee member Davis Walsh presented the recommendations on behalf of the committee. The seven page report, a product of weekly committee meetings between October 11, 2010 and January 20, 2011, is organized around […]

Home Sales Slump, But Prices Haven’t

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Home Sales Slump, But Prices Haven’t

Local realtor Scott Rogers’ most recent report on home sales in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County indicates that local housing sales have been slow — down 21 percent in October, compared to October 2009. However, the home prices haven’t significantly dropped along with the pace of sales.

Elections Results: Byrd and Chenault Elected to City Council

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Elections Results: Byrd and Chenault Elected to City Council

The unofficial results of today’s elections in Harrisonburg, with the State Board of Elections reporting 100 percent of the city precincts, show Ted Byrd and Charlie Chenault as the two winners of the City Council election. In the west school board district Polly Fravel defeated Scott Baxter. Voter turn-out in the city was 32 percent. At the time of this post, […]

Is the 26th Winnable For Dems?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Is the 26th Winnable For Dems?

During the special election cycle that ended yesterday in Virginia’s 26th House of Delegates district, The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) pumped nearly $59,000 into Harrisonburg Mayor Kai Degner’s campaign. By most accounts, the Degner campaign’s ground game was impressive (they knocked on my door three separate times, and left a door hanger early Tuesday […]

Co-op & Farmers’ Market: Good For Each Other?

Friday, May 14, 2010

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Co-op & Farmers’ Market: Good For Each Other?

Since 1979, the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market has provided patrons of downtown Harrisonburg with a place to buy locally-grown produce. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings during growing season, you can find fresh eggs, fruits and vegetables, and (often) meat grown or raised within just a few miles of the city. In recent years, the market has […]

Why Wilt Will Win: A Primary Analysis

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Why Wilt Will Win: A Primary Analysis

Guest blogger Adam Sharp’s analysis and prediction for today’s Republican primary contest. Disclosure: Sharp consulted on Kai Degner’s 2008 City Council campaign. The author also attended Cornerstone Church with the Wilt family for 10 years. The first thank-you note Tony Wilt should write is to Ted Byrd. Wilt could have won the Republican nomination for […]

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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.