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hburgnews Seeking News Writers

Friday, February 11, 2011

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hburgnews Seeking News Writers

If you’re a regular hburgnews reader, you may have noticed that nothing new has been posted here this week. That is due in large part to the fact that we are a small group of volunteer writers who have day jobs — occasionally we get too busy to post anything. We need a few more […]

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 […]

Winter Weather Open Thread

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Winter Weather Open Thread

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Rockingham County in effect until midnight tonight. The forecast calls for a mixed precipitation of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, with an accumulation of 5 to 10 inches. This open thread was originally posted January 18: There’s only a dusting of snow in Harrisonburg […]

Arrested Development At Preston Lake?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Arrested Development At Preston Lake?

Development of an expansive new urbanist subdivision east of Harrisonburg has slowed since the housing market crash in 2008. Doug Manners reported in Saturday’s Daily News-Record that The Hine Group, the developer behind Preston Lake has been “locked in a still-unsettled legal battle with its lender, Wachovia Bank,” and that the development may be headed […]

Shrinking Newman Lake

Friday, January 21, 2011

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Shrinking Newman Lake

The Breeze reported Thursday that Newman Lake will shrink by more than half over the summer. The JMU Board of Visitors recently approved the lake-reduction project because “the dam that controls the water level for the lake no longer adheres to 2008 Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation regulations,” according to the report. The new […]

hburgnews To Publish Reader-Funded Stories

Friday, January 14, 2011

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hburgnews To Publish Reader-Funded Stories

Since 2006, hburgnews.com has broken stories, helped to educate voters, fostered discussions, and filled gaps in local news coverage. Although we offer underwriter spaces to help pay for operating costs, no writer for hburgnews.com has ever been paid for the work we do. Because we maintain the site on a volunteer basis, we haven’t been […]

Hess, Boshart In Race For Sheriff

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Hess, Boshart In Race For Sheriff

Following Rockingham County Sheriff Don Farley’s announcement of retirement after 2011, Kurt Boshart, a lieutenant with the Harrisonburg Police Department, announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination to run for sheriff. On Tuesday, C.M. Hess, a major in the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, made his run for sheriff official. In a prepared statement, Hess […]

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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.