Vice Mayor Baugh Discusses the Middle River Negotiations

Earlier this month, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced plans to join the Middle River Regional Jail Authority (MRRJA), thereby allowing them to avoid carrying on with their unpopular plan to build $63 million new jail. When that new jail plan was set in motion in December, the city and county had just begun a new […]

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The stormwater ordinance, and some questions raised by basic arithmetic

Until now, the rain that’s fallen on Harrisonburg’s impervious bits – roofs, roads, parking lots, etc. – has found its quiet way down the storm drains, into our friendly local creeks, and on around the bend. But it’s soon going to demand a lot more attention by trickling into the checkbooks of all of us […]

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2014 City Growth Slowest In Past 30 Years

According to population estimates published last month by the Weldon Cooper Center, Harrisonburg’s estimated population on July 1, 2014 was 52,612. That’s 485 more than the 2013 estimate, and works out to a growth rate of just 0.93 percent. That’s the lowest rate of growth for the city in at least the past 30 years, […]

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The $63 Million New Jail Gets Pigeonholed

Remember that plan to build a $63 million new jail by the landfill that was projected to reach its rated capacity shortly after opening? But maybe it was actually just a proverbial foot in the door to the state corrections apparatus’s funding trough in case Harrisonburg and Rockingham County weren’t able to come up with […]

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Growing buzz about the JMU board’s vice-rector’s potential presidential campaign

On Jan. 25, a bunch of potential 2016 Republican presidential nominees appeared at the Iowa Freedom Summit for a dress rehearsal. Right there on the speaking bill, beside big names like Cruz, Christie and Perry was Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the current vice-rector of the James Madison University Board of Visitors […]

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General Assembly 2015: OSH Legislative Update

Last month, Old South High wrote about a number of notable bills with local relevance being considered by the General Assembly in Richmond. Since then, some have been shot down, some still await committee hearings and one tenacious little bill (well, actually two companion bills in either house) actually seems to be going somewhere. Here’s […]

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General Assembly 2015: OSH Highlights

The General Assembly convened earlier this month for its annual legislative session in Richmond. At current count, its 100 Delegates and 40 Senators have before them nearly 2,400 bills. Nearly all of them will die somewhere before reaching the governor’s desk, which is fine because a great many of them are some combination of boring, […]

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Another Jail Population Check-in

It’s January 2015. Plans to build a second jail in Harrisonburg are under review in Richmond. Ideas that could allow the city and county to constrain or avoid the undertaking altogether are supposed to be under consideration. One of those ideas: joining the Middle River Regional Jail Authority, although that’s been surrounded with secrecy and […]

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Chicken Disobedience in Harrisonburg

Earlier this week, EMU history prof Mark Sawin and his backyard chickens played a starring role in a story I wrote for Modern Farmer. Ostensibly, the article was reviewing a chicken exercise product that’s just hit the market. But of more interest to a Harrisonburg audience might be the fact that Sawin’s cheerful possession of […]

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Cool Show On Saturday at EMU

A buzzed-about, one-man folk band with Harrisonburg ties, Possessed by Paul James, is coming back to town this weekend for a performance at EMU’s MainStage Theater. Possessed by Paul James is the stage name of Konrad Wert, who graduated from EMU in 2001 after seven years and repeated drop-outs. Much more detail about all that […]

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