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Making Sense of the 2010 State Referendums

Friday, October 29, 2010

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Making Sense of the 2010 State Referendums

Referendums. Those pesky little surprises that blind side us at the ballot box on Election Day. Meals tax? What meals tax? On November 2nd voters in Harrisonburg and throughout the state will face three referendum items that if passed will modify the state’s constitution. These items have already been passed by the state House and […]

Bain, Vanke Debate Without Goodlatte

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Bain, Vanke Debate Without Goodlatte

Republican incumbent Rep. Bob Goodlatte was noticeably absent from a debate between 6th Congressional District candidates Tuesday evening in Harrisonburg. Libertarian Party candidate Stuart Bain and Modern Whig Party candidate Jeff Vanke delivered their (sometimes enigmatic) remarks on a myriad of issues in front of an audience of about two hundred at Memorial Hall.

An Insider’s Guide To The School Board

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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An Insider’s Guide To The School Board

Last week we discussed the inner workings of Harrisonburg’s City Council. Today we look at the city’s school board, the job they do and what makes a good board member. According to Donald Ford, who served as superintendant of Harrisonburg City Schools for nearly thirteen years, the school board is “the policy making body for the […]

An Insider’s Guide To City Council

Friday, October 22, 2010

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An Insider’s Guide To City Council

City voters head to the polls on November 2nd like employers walking into an interview with potential hires. The task is not an easy one. The people they select will be the citizen legislators who tax them, who decide what their city will become and who determine what type of environment their children will be […]

Culture in Motion: Fest Showcases World Dance

Friday, September 24, 2010

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Culture in Motion: Fest Showcases World Dance

Anyone who has ever attended Harrisonburg’s International Festival knows that the annual event is six hours of non-stop music, food and dance. Visitors to this year’s festival will get plenty of the first two, along with an extra helping of the latter. Dance has always been an important part of the festival, from the crowd’s spontaneous movement […]

McDonnell: I Can’t Support DREAM Act

Friday, August 27, 2010

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McDonnell: I Can’t Support DREAM Act

The DREAM Act is a piece of proposed federal immigration legislation currently stalled out U.S. Congress, but an immigrant from Harrisonburg pushed Virginia’s chief executive to take a public stance on the bill Thursday night.

McDonnell Promotes ABC Store Privatization

Thursday, August 26, 2010

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McDonnell Promotes ABC Store Privatization

Gov. Bob McDonnell visited Harrisonburg Thursday evening to promote his plan to get Virginia out of the liquor business. The governor told the audience of several hundred assembled in JMU’s Festival building that it’s high time that the state government sell off its ABC stores, and put money from liquor store licenses toward transportation needs.

Summer’s End: The Rockingham County Fair in Pictures

Friday, August 20, 2010

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Summer’s End: The Rockingham County Fair in Pictures

Another Rockingham County summer comes to a crescendo in the week-long festivities of a county fair. The fair is a place where the idyllic pageantry of the cattle barn collides with the realities of the midway. Where home-canned pickles are awarded blue ribbons as trash cans fill with empty Coke bottles. Where blacksmiths form iron […]

Harris Corp. Coming to Harrisonburg

Monday, August 2, 2010

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Harris Corp. Coming to Harrisonburg

Harris Corporation, a multi-billion dollar federal contractor, will soon be setting up an outpost in Harrisonburg.

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    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.