FWIW, Harrisonburg/Rockingham Jail Incarceration Rates Are Relatively Low

As we’re waiting on more detailed numbers that will help us understand why the jail in downtown Harrisonburg is so crowded and figure out what to do about it, Old South High asked the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services to dig into its database and give us an idea of how jail incarceration rates […]

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Guest Post: City Council Candidate’s Take on the MRAP

This is a guest post by Joshua Huffman, a candidate in this fall’s city council election. I’m sure that many of my fellow Harrisonburg residents are concerned about the increase in militarization of police forces around the county. Warnings of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri are fresh in our minds. As you likely know, this […]

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Keeping Up With the Armed Joneses

Last night, city council voted unanimously to accept $30,000 of free money from the state to spruce up the armored MRAP vehicle it’s already accepted for free from the U.S. military. In a brief discussion prior to the vote, it was clarified that the battering ram that will be attached to the MRAP is a […]

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The HPD Wants to Accessorize Its New Military Surplus MRAP with a Battering Ram and Other Stuff

There’s been a lot of local talk lately about public safety and problem solving as it relates to overcrowding at the jail downtown. And there’s been a whole lot of national talk lately about public safety and problem solving as it relates to police officers looking and acting like soldiers. That makes it an interesting […]

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Guest Post: On Michael Brown & Being Privileged in America

This a guest post by Cory Kuklick.  Last week Cory participated in a vigil called Black Lives Matter with over 50 Harrisonburg residents.  On the same night, folks from over 100 communities across America gathered together to share both words and silence in response to the killing of Michael Brown.  Here’s a reflection on the […]

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The Burg’s Newest Boutique is so “Whatever”

Harrisonburg might be adding something a little cooler than another McDonalds this time. And no, I’m not talking about a Bojangles. Keep your eyes open for Whatever Vintage Boutique and White Unicorn, as they will be opening beside The Blue Nile this fall. You can do it all at this one stop shop: Buy your […]

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Meet Jeremy Bolton, the Mayor of Moon Town

 Hopefully you’ve made your way over to Moon Town, the coolest little town you ever saw.  If not, it’s definitely worth the visit.  Just about every sunny day, Jeremy Bolton builds an intricately organized little town with vehicles, buildings, roads, parking lots and even animals in the woods.  Sometimes he chooses what to display randomly, […]

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At Jail Listening Session, Near-Unanimous Request To Slow Down & Think Alternatives

The second of three listening sessions about jail overcrowding happened last night in the Harrisonburg city council chambers. Two speakers toward the end of the list made a point that needs to be heard first: it’s hard to know exactly what to say about the jail overcrowding situation when no one really knows all that […]

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Jail Listening Sessions Begin This Week

Our jail is overcrowded, and has suddenly become much more so. A company has been hired to prepare a Community-Based Corrections Plan by the end of the year, which is a prerequisite for state funding to build a bigger jail. A lot of people are concerned about the associated costs, and/or the reasons that we’re […]

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Take a Trip to Moon Town

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new town in town.  It’s called Moon Town, and any given sunny day you can find it set up in a gravel driveway near the corner of N. High Street and W. Gay Street.  The town is built to perfection each day it is assembled, complete with roads, […]

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