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    Super Gr8 2014

Going South, Going Silenter

Things have been pretty quiet here for a few weeks now. There’s a number of reasons for that, but the biggest one is that soon, I’ll be headed south. Way, way, south, all the way down to Porto Alegre, Brazil. I’d never heard of it either. Departure date is mid-July. My wife is excited to […]

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The HPD gets restorative

Yesterday, the Harrisonburg Police Department hosted a press conference to unveil a new restorative justice program that can serve as an alternative to the retributive court system. The program involves cooperation between the police, commonwealth’s attorney’s office and EMU (where the theory and practice of restorative justice has been pioneered for some time), JMU (where […]

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Group Asks City for an Incarceration Reduction Plan

Harrisonburg has a bike plan, a parks and recreation plan, a downtown streetscape plan. It’s soon to begin developing a stormwater management plan. This week, a group calling itself Moving Beyond Jails (MBJ) asked city council to add another to that list: an Incarceration Reduction and Prevention Plan. MBJ’s basic goal is to, within two […]

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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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