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Council Recap: City continues optional retirement contributions, rezones land for student apartments

Friday, June 25, 2010


In a vote split along party lines, Council carried a motion to continue paying the employee contribution to the Virginia Retirement System for all new employees Tuesday night. A change in the law had given cities and municipalities the option of requiring new employees to pay starting at the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Council Recap: ‘Old town’ asks for traffic controls

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Council Recap: ‘Old town’ asks for traffic controls

Representatives called for traffic calming measures on streets in the residential neighborhoods southeast of downtown Harrisonburg Tuesday, days after an accident that sent a woman to the hospital with serious injuries.

Chenault Running for Council as Independent

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Chenault Running for Council as Independent

Former Republican Harrisonburg City Council member Charlie Chenault announced Tuesday that he will run as an independent candidate for Council this November. “I’m running as an independent because it best suits my philosophy of local government, which is essentially, ‘local government is where the rubber meets the road,'” Chenault told a small gathering of friends […]

Council Recap: Community health centers made tax exempt

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Council Recap: Community health centers made tax exempt

Council unanimously approved granting two community health providers exemptions from the real estate and business taxes Tuesday night.

Apartments South by South Main

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Last week, the Harrisonburg Planning Commission approved updated plans to build 466 “student housing” apartments in the southern part of town, between Main Street and Interstate-81. Previous plans for the site, which included 322 condos and 144 apartments, have already been approved by City Council. But the new developer, identified in today’s DNR as Richard […]

Byrd Joins Coffman In GOP City Council Bid

Friday, May 14, 2010

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Byrd Joins Coffman In GOP City Council Bid

There are two seats on City Council up for election this November, currently held by Republican Ted Byrd and Independent Carolyn Frank. In today’s Daily News-Record, Byrd said he is seeking the Republican nomination to keep his seat. Harrisonburg Republicans are expected to officially nominate their candidates Monday evening. In early January, Harrisonburg City School […]

Council Recap: Residents speak against ‘hydrofracking’

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Council Recap: Residents speak against ‘hydrofracking’

Council heard comments from five community members during the public comment period urging council to pressure Rockingham County not to approve proposed test well drilling for natural gas in the county.

Fitzgerald, Romero Dem Nominees for City Council

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Former Mayor Joe Fitzgerald and local teacher Sal Romero are now the official Democratic Party nominees for City Council. Monday evening, Harrisonburg Democrats held an assembled caucus at the Massanutten Public Library to elect their nominees. Fitzgerald and Romero were the only two to officially announce their intentions to run as Democrats for the two […]

Frank Enters Delegate Race

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Frank Enters Delegate Race

Harrisonburg City Council member Carolyn Frank has declared her candidacy as an independent in the 26th district race for delegate. Frank joins Republican candidate Tony Wilt and Democratic Party candidate Kai Degner, making this a three-way race. In a statement released today, Frank touts her two terms on council, and her “service on numerous civic […]

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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.

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    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.