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Monday, August 19, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  8/17/19  HARRISONBURG — There are several motivations for demolition derby drivers to spend days ripping and welding to purposely bash their cars around a muddy ring — as they did Friday at the Rockingham County Fair.Rockingham County Fair derby winners of the different car classes, which are based on engine size and improvements of the car, walked away with ...read more
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Monday, August 19, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  8/19/19  HARRISONBURG — Like many volunteers at the Rockingham County Fair, Bobby and Vicki Cook’s work for the annual festival begins months before thousands of guests flock through the gates to enjoy the rides, food, concerts and animals.During fair week, they often spend roughly 15 hours at the fair each day helping to make it run smoothly.“We love the fair,” ...read more
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Monday, August 19, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  8/19/19  HARRISONBURG — Leading up to two events Saturday, Huck Hawaz had high hopes that Harrisonburg-area residents would come out in droves to adopt animals.The events, Clear the Shelters and Girls Putts for Pets, led to a record- breaking 29 adoptions at the Harrisonburg- Rockingham SPCA. It shattered the previous record of 11 set in the spring.“It was quite a ...read more
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Monday, August 19, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  8/19/19  HARRISONBURG — Three times a day, LaVaun Janney, the instructor for Southland Dairy Farms, teaches a crowd about the dairy milking process at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.“It’s about why it’s important to have dairy in your diet and how farms take care of cows,” Janney said.And this is no hypothetical teaching situation. Janney has a live cow and goes ...read more
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Friday, August 16, 2019
Pucker UpKiss A Cow Raises Money For Cancer SocietyBy MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  8/16/19  HARRISONBURG — The Kiss a Cow fundraiser for the American Cancer Society was held Thursday at the Rockingham County Fair.Four contestants — Sallie Wolfe-Garrison, Rebecca Holloway, Kyle Rogers, and Chris Bailey — have been fundraising online for the past couple of weeks, and on Thursday they had one ...read more
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Friday, August 16, 2019
Will Support Behavioral ServicesBy LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  8/16/19  HARRISONBURG — The Harrisonburg Community Health Center was awarded $167,000 in federal funding to support behavioral health services, including mental health and substance use disorder services.U. S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both D-Va., announced this week that the U. S. Department of Health and Human Resources ...read more
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Friday, August 16, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  8/16/19  HARRISONBURG — Kaitlynn Torkleson remembers watching Scotty McCreery when he was on “American Idol” many years ago. So it was exciting to see him live on Thursday night at the Rockingham County Fair.And she got free tickets to boot thanks to a radio contest that her mom entered.However, lightning caused the venue to shut down during the opening act, ...read more
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Friday, August 16, 2019
Eastern Mennonite School will welcome 354 students this fall, up 10 students K-12 from the previous year with 93 students in K-5, 100 students in middle school and 161 in high school. A Back-to-School party for grades 6-12 will begin the year on Sunday, August 18 at 3:30 p.m., with classes starting on Tuesday, August 20. "We are thrilled with the high energy and growing diversity of our student ...read more
Categories: Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Press Release
Thursday, August 15, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  8/15/19  HARRISONBURG — Eastern Mennonite University is looking ahead at the upcoming school year with intentions of remaining a strong educational institution in the Valley.President Susan Schultz Huxman, along with other members of the higher education community, met with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce this week for the kickoff of the ...read more
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Thursday, August 15, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  8/15/19  HARRISONBURG — As children rode carnival rides and adults munched down food at the Rockingham County Fair on Wednesday, Steven Brooks cut up boards with a circular saw.The 17-year-old junior at Broadway High School and Massanutten Technical Center built a bench as potential employers watched nearby.“My gut is tight. … I’m nervous,” said Brooks, who added ...read more
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Thursday, August 15, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  8/15/19  HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors got a firsthand look at the work being done at the new InterChange cold storage facility near Mount Crawford on Wednesday, touring the $41.6 million facility.Gov. Ralph Northam announced the 250,000-square-foot cold storage and blast freezing facility on Aug. 10, 2018, bringing 88 full-time ...read more
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Youth Spend Months Preparing For Fair Market Lamb ShowBy JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record     8/14/19  HARRISONBURG — From a bird’s-eye-view, those viewing the Market Lamb Show at the Rockingham County Fair can witness an individual walk in and out within a few minutes.The concentration seen within each contestant’s eyes c a n b e seen from seats located furthest away from the ring. The show may ...read more
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  8/14/19  HARRISONBURG — Matthew Jones has watched the Bobcat Rodeo for two years now, taking mental notes for when he gives it a try himself.Matthew, 13, of Mount Solon, is not old enough to participate, but is counting down the days until he can get his time inside the skid loader.“He loves the equipment,” said Cindy Jones, mother of Matthew Jones. “He isn’t ...read more
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/seminary-grad-to-be-priest-in-charge-at-emmanuel-episcopal/  The Reverend Barbara Harrison Seward has accepted a call to become priest-in-charge at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, Va. She is a 2011 graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.  “From the days of old, I strongly believe that God planted the story of me within the soil of Harrisonburg,” Seward ...read more
Categories: Community, General News Article, Education, Human Interest
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  8/13/19  HARRISONBURG — Marc Etchebarne put on his cowboy hat and red flannel shirt and stared at the bulls, ready to take on whichever one was thrown at him during the rodeo.Although the Monday evening rodeo at the Rockingham County Fair also included barrel racing, roping, steer wrestling and sheep riding, the bull riding seemed to be the main ...read more
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  8/13/19  HARRISONBURG — The four presidents of area colleges and universities met and spoke at the Spotswood Country Club on Monday during the Harrisonburg- Rockingham Chamber of Commerce meeting.The annual meeting is the unofficial start of the new school year for Presidents Jonathan Alger, from James Madison University; John Downey, from Blue Ridge Community ...read more
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Exotic Animals Wow At County Fair ShowBy LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  8/13/19  HARRISONBURG — Starting in England and Ireland — seven generations later, Georgina Pompom is keeping close encounters with the exotic kind.Pompom, a native of England, grew up with lions and tigers in her home and at 8 years old, she began training the animals to perform and be a part of the circus lifestyle.Now she ...read more
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Monday, August 12, 2019
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Monday, August 12, 2019
INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) announces the release of its 2019 annual financial performance analysis and ranking of the nation’s largest public accounting firms.  Roanoke, Virginia based Brown Edwards is among the nation’s top 100 firms again this year, moving up eight spots to #87.  The rankings are based on 2018 U.S. net revenue. IPA is the industry’s leading trade newsletter, and the report ...read more
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Friday, August 09, 2019
 BRIDGEWATER, Va.—Bridgewater College’s model of preparing its students for life beyond campus means more than just connecting them with the right career. It means providing them with a quality educational experience at a price they can afford.  Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, released recently its annual “Best College Values, 2019” ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Education, Press Release
Friday, August 09, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  8/9/19  HARRISONBURG — It has been more than two months since legislation took effect creating the Interstate 81 Advisory Committee, and by Tuesday afternoon the group will have its first meeting.Per invitation by the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Office of Intermodal Planning and ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Press Release
Friday, August 09, 2019
Ag, Broadband, I-81, Workforce DiscussedBy IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  8/9/19  WEYERS CAVE — Local business owners, regional elected officials, and Valley economic development professionals gathered for the seventh annual Valley Business Summit on Thursday at the Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave.Bettina Ring, the secretary of agriculture and ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Press Release
Friday, August 09, 2019
WHSV 8/8/19HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — James Madison University once again made the list as one of the leading four-year institutions in the country. The school was included in Princeton Review's list of 385 Best Colleges for 2020.Colleges are chosen for the list based on academic offerings and surveys from students who are in attendance. JMU said this does not mark the first time its made the ...read more
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Friday, August 09, 2019
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Categories: Chamber, Press Release
Thursday, August 08, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  8/8/19  HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Fair is one of the largest gatherings within the county and on Wednesday, the newest feature was officially ready to go.More than 60 people braved the morning thunderstorms to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Horticulture building at the fairgrounds.With the help of the community and a willingness to get ...read more
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  8/7/19  WEYERS CAVE — The high-fidelity mannequin purchased this year for the EMS training program at Blue Ridge Community College may not fool anyone by the looks of it. But when you hear what it can do, it becomes clear why this tool is at the top of the line for simulating various medical situations.Scott Vanderkooi, an EMS instructor, demonstrated how the ...read more
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  8/7/19  HARRISONBURG — Skyline Roofing is building a new metal workshop and an accompanying warehouse adjacent to its offices at 2389 Grace Chapel Road in Harrisonburg.“It’s an expansion, but it’s really just kind of customized for us,” said Kevin Weaver, owner of operations for Skyline Roofing.Before moving to Grace Chapel Road in early summer, the company was in a ...read more
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Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Sheena Armentrout of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Completes First Year at Institute for Organization ManagementA Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce FoundationWASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Sheena Armentrout, Director ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Education, Press Release, Community, General News Article
Monday, August 05, 2019
Community Health Centers are medical clinics and so much more. They are consumer-driven and patient-centered medical homes, local economic engines, and trusted community partners. They form the backbone of America’s health care safety net and play a critical role in improving health outcomes, lowering costs, and ensuring access to high-quality, integrated care. By mission and statute, the ...read more
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Monday, August 05, 2019
 https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/cjp-at-25-three-peacebuilders-to-speak-at-october-homecoming-tentalks-event/  Eastern Mennonite University welcomes three peacebuilders for its annual “TenTalks. Impact. Influence. Inspire.” The free event begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, in the MainStage Theater, University Commons.  TenTalks is a feature offering of EMU’s Homecoming and Family ...read more
Categories: Education, Political, Economic, Human Interest
Monday, August 05, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  8/3/19  HARRISONBURG — Being in a kennel doesn’t always make a dog ready to go into a home, so what does? Fostering.The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA is holding a free foster information night Tuesday at its shelter, 2170 Old Furnace Rd., from 6-7:30 p.m. to talk about what it’s like to foster an animal and the positive effects it has on the animal.“We are really ...read more
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Monday, August 05, 2019
Viewpoint: Robert McFarlandDNR 8/3/19  Many people want to have better relationships at work or at home, but they are unwilling to do what needs to be done to develop them.Good relationships don’t just happen. They have to be carefully cultivated. If you want to have better relationships with others, then you must be intentional and consistent in growing those relationships.Here are five ways you ...read more
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Monday, August 05, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  8/5/19  BRIDGEWATER — As tickets for the new multipurpose theater, the Sipe Center, went live on Thursday, Jay Litten thought they would sell only a couple of dozen.By midday Sunday, the center had sold about 115 and rising, he said.“The response has been tremendous,” said Litten, Bridgewater’s town manager.The Sipe Center is a $ 1.3 million building for live music, ...read more
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Monday, August 05, 2019
HARRISONBURG, VA– Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) announces its Fall 2019 ​ A d v a n cin g t h e A r t s ​ grants funding cycle, with applications due October 11 for projects occurring between November 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.     Two free Grant Information Sessions provide an overview of the submission process and answer applicant questions regarding their proposals. Info sessions are ...read more
Categories: Economic, Education, Press Release, Community
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Harrisonburg (Rockingham), Virginia - The Virginia Oyster Trail is celebrating National Oyster Day and Virginia’s oyster farmers and watermen by uniting Virginia’s coastal region with the Shenandoah Valley in an exquisitely fun weekend at the Oyster & Wine Festival hosted by On Sunny Slope Farm in Rockingham County, Virginia.   Enjoy unique “merroir-terroir” pairings of oysters and wine from ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Human Interest
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record 7/23/19  HARRISONBURG — Mr. Jon told the audience of children gathered at the Massanutten Regional Library on Monday afternoon that he likes to start his set off kind of silly.He didn’t disappoint as he began singing, but instead of a human voice, a clucking sound emerged. He clasped his hand over his month in faux embarrassment. When he began again, it was a ...read more
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record 7/25/19  DAYTON — Pages cover the desk of Mike Betts, a runner and the marketing and events coordinator for the town of Dayton, and they’re all about one thing — the Dayton Muddler.On Aug. 3, the town will be hosting its eighth Dayton Muddler — a 4-mile adventure race where participants will traverse mud, obstacles and even brain exercises around the small Shenandoah ...read more
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Anicira Completes Outdoor Dog Park At Adoption CenterBy IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  7/29/19  HARRISONBURG — Anicira, an area dog adoption and veterinary organization, hosted an open house to celebrate the completion of its new dog park outside the adoption center in Harrisonburg on Saturday.“This was our vision from when we first opened our adoption center,” said Dan Chavez, operations ...read more
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  7/30/19  HARRISONBURG — It takes a tremendous amount of volunteer time to put on an event like Stuff the Bus, which collects school supplies for area children, according to organizers.The United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County needs about 350 volunteers to make the event run smoothly. Volunteers work in groups for two-hour shifts the Friday, Saturday ...read more
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Monday, July 29, 2019
ROCKINGHAM – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) will be among the utilities to benefit from a new partnership between Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) and EDF Renewables North America.   ODEC and EDF have entered an agreement to develop and build a 30MW portfolio of distributed solar projects across ODEC’s member service territories in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. ...read more
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Monday, July 29, 2019
July 29, 2019    Virginia Eagle and New Realm Brewing sign distribution deal    Distribution to northern & western Virginia to begin immediately    Virginia Eagle Distributing Company (VED) — is pleased to announce that a formal distribution agreement has been signed with New Realm Brewing (New Realm).  Beginning immediately, New Realm will be offering their award-winning brand to the entire ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Chamber Leadership Program Enter 40th Year   The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce has been training future leaders since its inception in 1916, but formalized its role in community leadership training in 1979 when the Community Leadership Program (CLP) was started. In 2012, the program was re-named Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham (LHR) to reflect the geographic connection to the ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release, Chamber, Community, Education, Fun Facts
Monday, July 22, 2019
Art Show to Celebrate Imminent Opening of Seven Bends State Park  (Woodstock, VA) Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is pleased to announce an art exhibition opening at Muse Vineyards in Woodstock on Sunday, August 4 from 3 to 5pm.  Celebrate Seven Bends heralds the imminent opening of Seven Bends State Park. The show will feature invited local artists exploring the natural beauty ...read more
Categories: Fun Facts, General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
Friday, July 19, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  7/19/19  HARRISONBURG — The story of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, is one that has been retold and re-imagined countless times since author J.M. Barrie first created the world of Neverland more than a century ago.Peter Pan and the Darlings’ adventures have been turned into books, Broadway theater musicals, animated and live action films, a live ...read more
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Date: July 10, 2019 WHSV – In this week’s look at InDemand jobs in the Valley, we’re featuring careers in mechanical work. Jonathan Kisamore, a maintenance mechanic apprentice at Tenneco in Harrisonburg, took a passion for mechanics and turned it into a career. “From a kid on, I’ve always been kind of mechanically inclined and always liked doing mechanical work,” said Kisamore. According to ...read more
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Eastern Mennonite University is now accepting local and international applications for the fall semester, which runs August 28-December 12, 2019.  New student assessments and registration will be Monday, August 26. Students can choose to attend morning classes from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., afternoon classes from 1-2:50 p.m., or both. Local applications will be ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
FOUR NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO BRCC EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION BOARD   The Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation Board has recently appointed four new members to fill spaces vacated by outgoing members. They are Dave Metz, Tassie Pippert, Justin Rexrode, and Andy Vanhook.  Dave Metz graduated from Purdue University, served in the Navy as a communications officer and received his MBA ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
Monday, July 15, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  7/11/19  HARRISONBURG — On Wednesday, Virginia was named the top state for business in America by CNBC, a news business outlet, for the first time since 2011.Good showings on business ranking lists contribute to economic development, said Frank Tamberrino, president and CEO of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.Companies go through what’s called a site ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Chamber, Press Release
Thursday, July 11, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  7/11/19  HARRISONBURG — Missy Hensley comes to Harrisonburg High School from Central High School in Woodstock and said she is excited to accept the opportunity and challenge of serving as the principal.Hensley is taking the reins from Cynthia Prieto, who retired after 34 years in education with the last five as principal of HHS.Hensley has 24 years of ...read more
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  7/10/19  BRIDGEWATER — What started as plain construction walls now has a fresh coat of “downrush midnight” paint.Bridgewater Town Manager Jay Litten gave a tour of the construction site for the town’s new $ 1.3 million multipurpose theater Tuesday, giving council members and visitors a fresh glimpse of the interior and exterior of the Sipe Center.In his ...read more
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Tuesday, July 09, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record 7/9/2019  DAYTON — After a job interview in May, Angela Lawrence went for a hike, one of her favorite activities, before heading back to Chase City to continue her work as a town manager.That interview was successful, and Lawrence began in her new position as the town superintendent of Dayton on Monday.Lawrence, 56, grew up in Lenexa, Kansas, but was born in Battle ...read more
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Monday, July 08, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  7/6/19  HARRISONBURG — A local business owner has raised over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society, specifically for breast cancer research and awareness — and he plans to raise more this year.Two years ago, the group came to speak to the Harrisonburg Rotary Club, of which Paul Riner, owner of Riner Rentals, is a member. They talked about a campaign to raise ...read more
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Friday, July 05, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  6/28/19  HARRISONBURG — An advocate for agriculture, a representative for Rockingham County, but most importantly, a humorous friend.Charles “Chuck” Ahrend, 93, of Harrisonburg, died on Monday at Oak Lea Nursing Home. But the former member of the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors established his legacy long before then.Ahrend was first elected to the ...read more
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Friday, July 05, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  6/28/19  HARRISONBURG — The search is over. The Boys & Girls Club of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County named Sandra Quigg as the new executive director.Quigg will replace Lori Kizner, who served as the executive director for about four years but resigned in April to join her husband, Scott Kizner, who took the superintendent post in Stafford County last ...read more
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
 Harrisonburg City Public Schools is pleased to announce the selection of candidates for three principal positions. At its July 2, 2019 meeting, the Harrisonburg City School Board approved the following appointments: Ms. Deb Cook, principal of Spotswood Elementary SchoolMr. Mark Miller, principal of Keister Elementary SchoolMs. Melissa Hensley, principal of Harrisonburg High School  Ms. Cook has ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  7/1/19  VERONA — The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank provides more than 25.3 million pounds of food a year to those in need. On Friday, through a generous donation, the food bank was able to fund 40,000 of those meals.Patrick Blevins, a State Farm insurance agent covering parts of the Shenandoah Valley, donated $10,000 to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to feed ...read more
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Tuesday, July 02, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  7/2/19  HARRISONBURG — F&M Bank, a locally owned and operated financial institution, has started collecting votes for its first “Local Business You Love” contest, where the winner will receive $10,000 from the bank.“We thought it’d be a fun way for us to learn a little more about other local businesses,” said Mark Hanna, president and CEO of Timberville-based F&M ...read more
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Monday, July 01, 2019
 Sentara RMH Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition Again  Recognition for the second time reinforces a commitment to nursing excellence    HARRISONBURG, VA – Sentara RMH Medical Center attained Magnet recognition again in June, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes ...read more
Categories: General News Article, Press Release
Thursday, June 27, 2019
(WHSV) — It's a technological job that you can thrive in if you describe yourself as a "people person.""Some people see computer jobs as 'sit at your desk all day,' working on computers," said Josh King, a network engineer with IT Decisions. "That's not what this job is. You're working, out talking to people, meeting new people all the time."It's a job that offers you a "home base" with ...read more
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  6/24/19  HARRISONBURG — Over the past few years, Shannon Lokey ran a few obstacle races in several states, but for the last three years, mid- June has been dedicated to a Harrisonburg race.Lokey, 49, of Penn Laird, was among several hundred people to participate in the annual Harrisonburg Police Foundation Adventure Race at the Harper-Presgraves Training Facility ...read more
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Local Politicians Disagree With ConclusionsBy IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  6/22/19  HARRISONBURG — The upcoming $ 2.2 billion in improvements on Interstate 81 were included in a report called “Highway Boondoggles 5” put forward by think- tanks Frontier Group and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. “The term boondoggle and why we decided to apply it to this sort of highway project is it’s ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Press Release
Monday, June 24, 2019
~ More than one-third of all trucks that drive through Virginia travel on I-81, which suffers from traffic delays and more than 2,000 crashes annually ~     WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today requested additional funding for vital improvements to Interstate 81 (I-81) that would enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion.   In a pair of letters to the ...read more
Categories: Chamber
Friday, June 21, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2019CONTACT   Neil MowbrayBrand Engagement Consultant540-564-7205; 540-689-1000nwmowbra@sentara.com      Sentara RMH Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition Again  Recognition for the second time reinforces a commitment to nursing excellence    HARRISONBURG, VA – Sentara RMH Medical Center attained Magnet recognition again in June, a testament to its ...read more
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
Harrisonburg, Va. – Organizers of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival are excited to announce the addition of a fifth stage for this year’s festival, held July 12-14 at Natural Chimneys Park in Mount Solon, Va. Built in a small natural amphitheater with a view across the Shenandoah Valley, the Hill Stage will provide festivalgoers a new venue to enjoy some of the more-than 40 bands that will ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
Thursday, June 20, 2019
By MELISSA TOPEYFor the Daily News-Record   6/20/19  Motorists in counties along, or even near, Interstate 81 will begin paying more for fuel starting July 1.In a special session in April, the Virginia General Assembly approved a gas sales tax increase of 7.6 cents per gallon for unleaded gasoline and 7.7 cents per gallon of diesel fuel to help fund $2 billion in improvements along the ...read more
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  6/19/19  BRIDGEWATER — For years the Bridgewater Retirement Community hosted a large annual yard sale to raise money for BRC by selling items donated to them by members of the community.The storage of the items has moved locations over the years and will get a new home once again this summer.In 2016, donations began being stored in the old Bridgewater Rescue ...read more
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
‘The World From A Different Angle’Valley Regional Airport Hosts Women Can Fly EventBy PETE DELEADaily News-Record  6/17/19  WEYERS CAVE — Although her father’s a pilot, Rebeca Haun doesn’t pass up the opportunity to jump in a plane for some sightseeing.She said she enjoys seeing the Shenandoah Valley from up above.“It’s nice to see the world from a different angle,” said Haun, 18, of Rockingham ...read more
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Monday, June 17, 2019
WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) — Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport partnered with the volunteer organization Women Can Fly on Saturday afternoon to offer a special aviation education day for women.The airport is one of six others in the commonwealth to give participants a closer look at different aircraft, meet pilots and learn about the different parts of a plane.According to the Center for Aviation, ...read more
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Friday, June 14, 2019
If you’ve lived in the Valley for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of Blue Ridge Architects. And if the name isn’t familiar, you’ve definitely experienced their work. A long-time Downtown Harrisonburg resident, Blue Ridge Architects — recently rebranded as “Blueline” — was founded 15 years ago and has had a hand in designing and building such prominent Downtown fixtures as Turner ...read more
Categories: General News Article, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Thursday, June 13, 2019
L’Esperance Comes From Eastern Carolina UniversityBy MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  6/13/19  HARRISONBURG — When Mark L’Esperance began telling people he was going to be working at James Madison University, the response he often got was, “that’s a great place for teacher preparation.”As the person who will be taking over the leadership of the College of Education, this is exactly what ...read more
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Monday, June 10, 2019
Brown Edwards & Company, LLP is pleased to announce the admission of Kelli Vance, CPA to the Partnership.  Anthony Carpenter, CPA, Emily Signorelli, CPA, Megan Meador, CPA and Clarence Rhudy, CPA have become Directors.  Brown Edwards is a full-service regional accounting firm with offices in three states and recognized as one of the top 100 firms in the nation.  In addition to the traditional ...read more
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Friday, June 07, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  6/7/19  HARRISONBURG — The Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter held its 15th annual Alzheimer’s Research Education Program conference Thursday, with about 100 attendees.Annie Marrs, the family services director of the Alzheimer’s Association, said normally the conference, which aligns with Alzheimer and Brain Awareness Month in June, ...read more
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Thursday, June 06, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  6/6/19  HARRISONBURG — Dozens of business leaders learned about the tax grants and incentives available to those who hire a diverse workforce at a Harrisonburg- Rockingham Chamber of Commerce event at the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center on Wednesday afternoon.The first-of-its-kind chamber event, “Diversity in Business: Diversify Your Workforce to ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Press Release
Thursday, June 06, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  6/6/19  DAYTON — Friends and family of Blue Ridge Christian School parent, Tami Wyse, wanted to do something in her honor after she died in November 2017, and in her memory were able to give $200,000 to the school where Wyse’s children still attend.Karen Shomo has been at Blue Ridge Christian School for five years and the last three as head of the school.She ...read more
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Mayor Reflects On ‘Strong Woman’ RecognitionBy LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  5/24/19  HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg isn’t done celebrating Mayor Deanna Reed’s recent accomplishment of being named one of the seven recipients of the 2019 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History awards. Although she was already honored in February at the Richmond Marriott award ceremony, at 7 p.m. Thursday she will ...read more
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
‘Barney Google And Snuffy Smith’ Comic Celebrates 100 YearsBy SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  5/24/19  HARRISONBURG — Award-winning Daily News-Record cartoonist John Rose is sharing a collection of his popular comic strips spanning two decades at the Arts Council of the Valley’s Smith House Galleries.“A Bodacious Barney Google and Snuffy Smith Retrospective” opens June 7.Rose, 55, began his ...read more
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Annual Fundraising Event Returns To Massanutten Resort This SaturdayDN-R Staff Reports 5/24/19  McGAHEYSVILLE — Thousands of people will converge on the slopes at Massanutten Resort this weekend for what is, to some, the unofficial start to summer.ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, goes Saturday from noon to 7 p. m. and ...read more
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  5/25/19  BRIDGEWATER — One of the first things Rev. Russ Barb remembers about C. D. Lantz was how during a Church of the Brethren Service, Lantz advocated for what would become Bridgewater Retirement Community.Now, Barb, the director of pastoral care for BRC, is beginning a chaplaincy institute at BRC with help from Lantz’s daughter, Carolyn Hatcher, who gave a gift ...read more
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
  By JOSH JANNEY For The Daily News-Record         5/30/19   WINCHESTER — The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber has hired a new chief executive officer to succeed Richard Kennedy, who is stepping down Friday for personal and family reasons, the organization announced Tuesday. Cynthia Schneider, the chamber’s current chief operating officer, will become CEO effective Saturday. The 62-year-old ...read more
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  5/23/19  ROCKINGHAM COUNTY — In an otherwise quiet field, a barn in Rockingham County resounded with applause and laughter multiple times Wednesday evening as the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham held its second U*Nite to honor “community leaders and unsung heroes,” said Laura Toni-Holsinger, executive director.“These are all people that I am lucky to get ...read more
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
HARRISONBURG — Sarah Elson, of Massanutten Resort, was recently recognized by the Central Virginia chapter of the American Marketing Association. Elson, director of business relations for the McGaheysville resort, was named Marketer of the Year at the organization’s 2019 Excellence in Marketing Awards gala on Thursday, according to a press release. The award recognizes someone who stands out ...read more
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Making A SplashCity Unveils New Pool Features At Ribbon-CuttingBy JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  5/21/19  HARRISONBURG — It’s time to get your swimsuits out because Harrisonburg is ready to splash into summer.Westover Pool is ready to beat the heat with the addition of the first splash pad in Rockingham County and other pool renovations.The new features were unveiled Monday with a special ...read more
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Friday, May 17, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  5/17/19  HARRISONBURG — For years, local evangelist Steve Wingfield watched Memorial Day come and go with little acknowledgement for those the day was set aside to remember.Seven years ago, he stepped up to fill the void. He wanted to remember those who gave their lives fighting for the country and those who continue to fight for America’s freedoms.“They are the ...read more
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Friday, May 17, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  5/17/19  HARRISONBURG — Two teachers were named 2020 Teachers of the Year for Harrisonburg City Public Schools and Rockingham County Public Schools, during a joint ceremony at the Lucy Simms Continuing Education Center on Thursday evening.The 2020 Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year ceremony is hosted by both the Harrisonburg Education Foundation and the ...read more
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Friday, May 17, 2019
Mini- Golf Tournament Welcomes Retirement Home ResidentsBy PETE DELEADaily News-Record  5/17/19  HARRISONBURG — Merv Wunderlich watched as his bright orange golf ball weaved around boulders, avoided sand traps and came within inches of falling into the hole.While he was itching for a hole-in-one, the 67-year-old Bridgewater Retirement Community resident was more focused on meeting new friends ...read more
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Friday, May 17, 2019
DNR 5/17/19HARRISONBURG — Local state legislators received awards from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce during the chamber’s annual dinner Wednesday.Recognized were Dels. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, and Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and Sens. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, and Mark Obenshain, R-Rockingham.The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy ...read more
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Friday, May 17, 2019
Harrisonburg- Delegate Tony Wilt (R-Broadway) has received the Free Enterprise Award for Small Business from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented Wednesday evening in Richmond at the organization’s annual dinner. “I am honored to be named a Chamber Free Enterprise Award recipient for our work to find solutions to lower health care costs for small businesses and their ...read more
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Friday, May 17, 2019
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce today named the recipients of the Free Enterprise Award for their support of pro-business policies during the 2019 legislative session. The Free Enterprise Award recognizes legislators for their support for the principles and initiatives outlined in the Chamber’s long-term economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2025. “At the Virginia Chamber, we recognize ...read more
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Friday, May 17, 2019
RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce named Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Chairman of the House Education Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a recipient of the “Lifetime Service Award, Career Focused K-12 Education Award, and the Fiscal Stewardship Award. The awards were presented to Del. Landes at the Chamber’s 2019 Annual Dinner held in Richmond ...read more
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Brown Edwards is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Roanoke and Lynchburg practices of Cherry Bekaert, LLP effective June 1, 2019.  Cherry Bekaert Partners Randy Burton and Richard Hedley in Roanoke will be joining Brown Edwards, as will most of the staff located in both offices.  A significant number of Cherry Bekaert’s clients are expected to transition to Brown Edwards as well.  With ...read more
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Thursday, May 09, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  5/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visited Harrisonburg High School on Wednesday to learn about the computer science program offered at the school.Qarni later visited Bluestone Elementary, stopping by classrooms and discussing student-centered instructional practices with teachers and the school’s leadership team.Computer science ...read more
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019
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Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Almost 100 Jobs Coming To Elkton-Area PlantBy JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  5/7/19  ELKTON — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam visited Elkton on Monday afternoon to announce that global health care leader Merck & Co. plans to invest $1 billion in stages over the next three years to expand its manufacturing operations.Merck has close to 69,000 employees and delivers health solutions through its ...read more
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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Merck & Co., Inc. to expand Elkton manufacturing facility, creating about 100 new jobs  ELKTON—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Merck & Co., Inc., a publicly held global healthcare company known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, plans to invest up to $1 billion in stages over the next three years to expand its manufacturing operation in Rockingham County. The company will ...read more
Categories: Economic, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Press Release
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
First Bank & Trust Company Appoints Government Lending Specialist   ABINGDON, Va., May 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- First Bank & Trust Company and its parent holding company, First Bancorp, Inc., today announced that John Rock, Senior Vice President, has been appointed to manage the Government Lending Division of First Bank & Trust Company, specializing in USDA Business & Industry and SBA loans.  ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
Monday, May 06, 2019
Staff Members See Benefit In Free Comics For CommunityBy IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  5/6/19  HARRISONBURG — Massanutten Regional Library hosted its third annual Comic Con on Saturday, stocked with over 1,000 free comic books, games and activities, guest speakers from the comic world, all in an event that draws over 200 people.MRL’s Comic Con, held at the Central Branch in Harrisonburg, coincides ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  4/30/19  HARRISONBURG — Over 250 people sang “Happy Birthday” to Mike Goertzen, of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and Serco Inc., to celebrate his 50th birthday, but they were gathered in the Festival Ballroom of James Madison University for a different reason Monday evening.The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council held Tech-Nite 19 with guests ...read more
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
NewsInBriefPark View Federal Credit Union Honored With Excellence AwardDNR 4/30/19  HARRISONBURG — Park View Federal Credit Union in Harrisonburg, Virginia was recently honored with an Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding human resource/training and development achievements in the credit union industry, according to a press release.The award was presented by the Credit Union ...read more
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation is giving new life to trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer. The “Out of the Ashes” urban wood utilization video was officially unveiled to the public this week on the City’s Youtube channel. The video helps raise awareness of how City staff better utilizes wood from ash trees that have been affected by the invasive insect, so the wood does ...read more
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Categories: Community, Education, Press Release, Chamber, Economic, General News Article
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  4/24/19  HARRISONBURG — Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community has opened its new Transitional Care Center in the Oak Lea building, the result of a $6.2 million investment with $1.4 million collected from donations.VMRC is having an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday to formally open the new center, which is 3,600 square feet and part of a 35,500-square foot space ...read more
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
 Comcast Business Now Offers New Video Service to Bars, Restaurants, Hotels, Gyms and More  Features Like Voice Control and Sports App Ideally Suited For Public Viewing Events Like the NCAA Basketball Tournament  PHILADELPHIA – Comcast Business today announced that millions of bars, restaurants, hotels and gyms now have access to the company’s award-winning X1 video platform. X1 for Business ...read more
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  4/20/19  HARRISONBURG — When Chaz Haywood asked Michael Richards to come to the front of the room to be sworn in as the next superintendent of Harrisonburg City Schools, the Rockingham Circuit Court clerk commented on the moment being a special one, because it was a full family affair.Standing by his side while he swore to execute the duties of superintendent, ...read more
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record   ELKTON — Kim Alexander is ready to get to know Elkton and all it has to offer.On May 1, Alexander will begin her position as Elkton’s new town manager.“I think this is a great point of time for the town of Elkton,” Alexander, 41, of Harrisonburg, said in an interview Monday. “There seems to be a lot of things changing — there’s a big corner to be turned, and ...read more
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record   HARRISONBURG — Massanutten Technical Center’s annual job fair has found a new home after out growing its old location.Each year the technical center invites businesses from all over the Valley to talk to second- year students about the job opportunities that exist once they graduate. The event was previously held at Massanutten Technical Center, however, there ...read more
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Monday, April 22, 2019
ROCKINGHAM – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) will award 10 high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships this spring.   The cooperative’s Operation Round Up Committee selected the following recipients:   Hannah Adams, HighlandGina Alfred, HandleyDaniel Croyle, MillbrookLauren Gibson, SpotswoodMorgan Hamilton, LurayCaroline Hayes, Eastern MennoniteCaleb Jones, Ridgeview ...read more
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Monday, April 22, 2019
Accounting Today released their Special Report: “Inside the Top 100 Firms” which recognizes Brown Edwards as one of the four most successful accounting firms in the country.   “We have and maintain the feel — to the clients, to the staff, to the partners — of a large local firm because we are a 10-office firm, and we’d like to try to keep that culture, that feel, as we continue to grow.” said ...read more
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Friday, April 19, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  4/19/19  HARRISONBURG — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday the recipients of the Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants worth $2.2 million, including local nonprofit Mercy House.Through a competitive process, 30 projects that target efforts to reduce homelessness were selected for the funds.Mercy House was awarded the maximum grant of ...read more
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Friday, April 19, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  4/19/19  HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Recreation Commission met Thursday, presenting updates on Rockingham Park at the Crossroads along with upcoming events.The park remains on track for a grand opening on June 2, accompanied with bounce houses, food trucks and athletic activities.The recently installed playground continues to be a big hit for ...read more
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News- Record 4/15/19  HARRISONBURG — For Maria Simonetti of the Collins Center and Child Advocacy Center, the Great Community Give is about more than just raising money — it’s about raising awareness.She said many people don’t know that Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have a nonprofit geared toward helping sexual abuse survivors.“It introduces them to us,” said Simonetti, ...read more
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  4/15/19  HARRISONBURG — More people joined together for the 22nd Blacks Run Clean Up Day than Rebecca Stimson ever remembers in her three years working as the city’s public works stormwater compliance specialist.More than 700 people showed up Saturday morning to pick up trash on the city streets and at Blacks Run.“Usually we pick up around 3-4 tons of trash, but ...read more
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  4/13/19  HARRISONBURG — Six staff members of the Daily News-Record were recently honored for their work.At the 2018 Virginia Press Association competitions, 11 awards were given to six staff members for exceptional work in advertising, editorial and photography work.The DN- R competed in the midsize daily division.John Rose, a cartoonist who has worked with the ...read more
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
Five Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC attorneys have been named VirginiaSuper Lawyer/Rising Stars for 2019.  Three attorneys were named Super Lawyers, which is an annual publication only selecting five percent of the attorneys in the state to be included in their select list.  WAW also had two attorneys named to the Rising Stars list.  Rising Stars are attorneys under the age of 40 or in practice for ...read more
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  4/6/19  HARRISONBURG — This week marks one year since the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport partnered with SkyWest Airlines and officials have seen some of the best business in two decades.SkyWest “has exceeded our expectations in their performance and the reception in the community has been positive,” said Greg Campbell, the executive director of SVRA.After one ...read more
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  4/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Scandals, taxes and Interstate 81 were the topics of interest during Monday’s post-legislative breakfast at Spotswood Country Club.Hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, the event featured an overview of the 2019 General Assembly session by Sens. Mark Obenshain, R-Rockingham, and Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, along ...read more
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
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Thursday, April 04, 2019
AP and staff reportsDNR 4/4/19  RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly has approved increasing truck registration fees and regional gas tax increases to pay for improvements to Interstate 81.Both the House and the Senate voted Wednesday to accept amendments proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam that included the tax and fee increases.Supporters said the increases would raise prices on gas in areas ...read more
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Thursday, April 04, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  4/4/19  TIMBERVILLE — Although it had a lot of competition nationwide, Timberville cracked the list of the top 100 safest small towns in America. SafeWise, a safety-focused community organization, released its list Tuesday. Timberville ranked No. 36. Police Chief J. R. Dodd said that while he’s pleased the town was recognized, he doesn’t put a whole lot of weight ...read more
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Thursday, April 04, 2019
New ‘Gallery Hop’ Showcases Scenery, Local ArtBy LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  4/4/19   ELKTON — It’s all about supporting local artists and taking the scenic route from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this weekend.The inaugural Bridge the Gap for Art event, which is a gallery hop between SoLace Fine Handcrafts in Elkton and Noon Whistle Pottery in Stanardsville, is set for Saturday and Sunday.SoLace owner, ...read more
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Daily News-Record  4/2/19  BRIDGEWATER — Two area colleges are working together to make a bachelor’s degree more accessible to students.Bridgewater College and Blue Ridge Community College signed a new guaranteed admission agreement allowing students meeting certain requirements to transfer directly from the community college to Bridgewater’s bachelor’s degree program and enter with junior ...read more
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  4/2/19  MOUNT CRAWFORD — The InterChange Group formally unveiled its $3 million solar array systems that pepper the rooftops of four facilities across the Valley on Tuesday.The system is the largest of its kind at any Virginia logistics firm and is the culmination of two years of work. The speakers for the unveiling were Devon Anders, president of InterChange Group; ...read more
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Monday, April 01, 2019
Cooking For A CauseTop Chef Harrisonburg Raises Money For CASABy MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  4/1/19  HARRISONBURG — Top Chef Harrisonburg took place at Bluestone Vineyard Saturday night and included chefs from Bella Luna Wood- Fired Pizza, Cuban Burger, Food.Bar.Food, Joshua Wilton House, Local Chop and Grill House, Vito’s Italian Kitchen and Montpelier Restaurant and Bar.The winner was Tom ...read more
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Monday, April 01, 2019
DNR 4/1/19  Appalachian Physical Therapy recently teamed up with Bluestone Bike and Run to present a seminar for runners on injury prevention and recovery. Led by physical therapist and athletic trainer, Dr. Adam Van Nortwick, 30 area runners of all ages learned about predisposing factors behind running injuries, as well as prevention and recovery.A competitive and now recreational runner himself ...read more
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Friday, March 29, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  3/27/19  HARRISONBURG — The 2018 inaugural Great Community Give fundraiser blew organizers’ expectations out of the water, as the goal was met in the first hours of the event. This year, they’re setting sights even higher.The Great Community Give is an online fundraising drive featuring incentives to help local nonprofits meet goals to help fund their operations. It ...read more
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  3/27/19  HARRISONBURG — Traverse through downtown Harrisonburg on April 5 in search of chocolate goods at the 21 stops featured in this year’s Chocolate Walk.The eighth annual Chocolate Walk is organized by the Collins Center, a nonprofit that supports victims of sexual assault.Participants visit each of the designated stops downtown to collect chocolate ...read more
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
 The former Holiday Inn General Manager of the Year brings nearly 20 years of management experience to the comprehensive hospitality management companyBrent C Jackson President | Jackson Hotel Management   March 20, 2019, Harrisonburg, VA – Jackson Hotel Management welcomes Brent C Jackson as President of their company. Brent joins the company with nearly 20 years of management experience in ...read more
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
DN-R Staff Reports 3/26/19  HARRISONBURG — City Council will consider a resolution honoring one of Harrisonburg’s longest-serving employees during its meeting tonight.At the top of the agenda after the pledge of allegiance is an item to recognize Reggie Smith. Smith will retire at the end of the month after 42 years leading the Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation.Smith, 65, is the ...read more
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Friday, March 22, 2019
REAL ID Information SessionSome upcoming travel changes are quickly approaching that will affect everyone that flies! Beginning on October 1st, 2020, federal regulations will require a new form of identification for all Virginia residents boarding domestic flights called a REAL ID. The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport will be hosting a free Information Session on April 4th from 12-5 pm where the ...read more
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  3/21/19  HARRISONBURG — Wayne Harold has been regularly volunteering with Meals on Wheels for six years, and is usually joined by Zeke, his chocolate lab.But on Wednesday, his delivery team member was his son, Josh, the taproom manager of Brothers Craft Brewing in Harrisonburg.Over a dozen “Community Champions,” or community leaders, helped deliver food for the ...read more
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record     3/21/19  DAYTON — After more than two years on the sidelines, Joe Paxton returned to action in local government this year.Dayton Town Council tapped the retired Rockingham County administrator as interim town manager on Jan. 24. He will lead the town until a replacement can be found for Bobby Popowicz, who resigned in early January.Paxton, who has been working ...read more
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  3/20/19  HARRISONBURG — With Lori Kizner’s last day with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County coming to an end in two weeks, Greg Lunsford will take over the reins as interim executive director.Lunsford, 50, began his career at the local Boys and Girls Club last Oct. 15 as the director of development. Once he takes over as interim ...read more
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Monday, March 18, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  3/15/19  HARRISONBURG— The Daily News-Record’s Senior Expo will bring together the latest products and resources for older adults in an effort to try and match up the community with different services in the area.On Sunday, the Rockingham County Fairgrounds main exhibit hall will be filled with local vendors offering a variety of services.“We are excited about ...read more
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Monday, March 18, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record 3/16/19  HARRISONBURG— United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will roll out a centralized database for local health and human service providers to improve quality of referrals to clients on Wednesday.The system, called Empower Harrisonburg Rockingham, uses software from the New York based Unite Us company.Unite Us, founded in 2013, was originally created to ...read more
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  3/13/19  HARRISONBURG — Brian Bogan will arrive at Bluestone Vineyard on March 30 ready to defend his title as “Top Chef” in Harrisonburg.“I thrive off of challenges,” said Bogan, who competed for Local Chop & Grill House last year and will represent Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza this year.Top Chef Harrisonburg, based off the reality cooking competition ...read more
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  3/14/19  HARRISONBURG — Clarissa Cottrill began writing before she knew how to write, drawing pictures on napkins to express herself. Continuing her writing and diving into the journalism industry, Cottrill made her way to becoming the Daily News-Record’s newest editor.“I always wanted to be a writer and as I got older I saw journalism as this great industry ...read more
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  3/14/19  HARRISONBURG — Three years ago, Chad Layman started the Fine Earth Adventure Race to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.With three successful races under his belt, it was time for Layman, the owner of Harrisonburg’s Fine Earth landscaping, to hand the reins over to another organization, the Harrisonburg Police Foundation, according ...read more
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  3/14/19  BRIDGEWATER— Bridgewater Town Manager Jay Litten gave a tour of the construction site for the town’s new $1.3 million multipurpose theater Tuesday, followed by an update on performances coming up for the center’s first season.In his report to Town Council, Litten said construction continues to run ahead of schedule, despite the “incessant poor ...read more
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Thursday, March 07, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  3/7/19  HARRISONBURG — Merciel Bujitu is getting ready to be the star of the show after being picked for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County 2019 Youth of the Year award.Merciel, a 15-year-old sophomore at Harrisonburg High School, moved to the Valley from the Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2017 not knowing a word of English, ...read more
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  3/5/19  HARRISONBURG — Members of four local Rotary clubs gave not only their time over the weekend, but their money — donating $100,000 for playground equipment at Rockingham Park at the Crossroads.Over 60 members from the Rotary clubs of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Bridgewater and Harrisonburg- Massanutten pitched in hours of time spreading wood carpet ...read more
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  3/6/19  HARRISONBURG — Michael Richards, former chief of staff for Loudoun County Public Schools, will be the next superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools.After a five-month search, the School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Richards, who attended the board’s Tuesday night meeting, where he and Chairwoman Deb Fitzgerald signed his ...read more
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Monday, March 04, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  3/2/19  WEYERS CAVE — The opening of a new bioscience building at Blue Ridge Community College remains on track for this fall.With more than 41,000 square feet, the $20.8 million two- story structure will house the nursing program with labs, hospital room simulation areas and classrooms, according to Bridget Baylor, the director of public relations at ...read more
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  2/14/19  HARRISONBURG — Renovations are underway to prepare Eastern Mennonite School’s new building to bring the school’s elementary classes onto its campus permanently.The city granted the school a building permit for the renovations on Feb. 6.Eastern Mennonite School, 801 Parkwood Drive, is a religious elementary, middle and high school in the Anabaptist-Mennonite ...read more
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  2/13/19  HARRISONBURG — After offering after-school programs at Rockingham County elementary schools for more than two decades, the Parks and Recreation Department is planning to expand to the middle schools as well.According to the department, 470 children are enrolled in after-school care at Cub Run, Mountain View, McGaheysville, John Wayland, Fulks Run, John ...read more
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
DNR 2/13/19  ROCKINGHAM — The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Committee awarded more than $14,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in January.Operation Round Up, which launched in fall 2017, is the cooperative’s charitable giving program that addresses crucial needs within their service area, according to the SVEC press release.The cooperative serves around ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
‘Forgivable’ Loan To Be Used For Affordable HousingBy JESSICA WETZLERDaily News- Record 2/6/19  HARRISONBURG — The Central Valley Habitat of Humanity was awarded a $ 500,000 “forgivable” loan Friday to be used for providing affordable housing to low- income individuals.David Wenger, executive director of the nonprofit, said the organization applied for the loan in October to help pay for upcoming ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
NewsInBriefInterstate 81 Bills AdvanceDNR 2/6/19  HARRISONBURG — Two bills that would create a yearlong study identifying funding for Interstate 81 improvements passed with little opposition in the House of Delegates and state Senate on Tuesday.Del. Steve Landes, R- Weyers Cave, and Sen. Mark Obenshain, R- Rockingham, proposed almost identical substitutes to their original bills last week in an ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  2/6/19  HARRISONBURG — Hotel Madison is offering a immersive weekend experience for wine aficionados and connoisseurs that includes educational workshops, tastings and food pairings.The inaugural Winter Wine Weekend, taking place Feb. 22-24 in the hotel’s conference center, will showcase over 20 wineries based in the Shenandoah Valley region, in partnership ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
ROCKINGHAM – In January, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Committee awarded more than $14,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations.   Operation Round Up is the cooperative’s charitable giving program that addresses crucial needs within our service territory. Member-owners voluntarily round up their monthly bills to the next even dollar, with funds accumulating in ...read more
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Monday, February 04, 2019
DNR 2/2/19  RICHMOND — Drivers on Interstate 81 in Virginia aren’t likely to have pay tolls anytime soon.The General Assembly has made clear recently that there is little appetite to move forward with a plan Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and some Republican lawmakers tentatively backed before the session started to add tolls to Virginia’s 325-mile stretch of the interstate.Legislators are moving ...read more
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Friday, February 01, 2019
YOUR HOMETOWNELKTON‘Mr. Elkton’ Settles Into New Role25-Year-Old Gooden Moves Into Mayor’s PostBy LAINE GRIFFINDNR 1/31/19  Daily News- Record ELKTON — If you had asked Josh Gooden 10 years ago if he would want to be mayor of Elkton, he probably would’ve said no.Now, Gooden said, he couldn’t imagine serving his community in any better way.“I’ve always been interested in community service, and ...read more
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Friday, February 01, 2019
BUSINESSBRIEFSCallahan Named Partner At City FirmDNR 2/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Clark & Bradshaw PC announced Quinton B. Callahan as a new partner of the law firm.Callahan, who joined the firm in 2014, practices state and federal civil litigation, with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation, according to a Tuesday press release from Clark & Bradshaw. He also serves as a corporate counsel ...read more
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Thursday, January 31, 2019
HARRISONBURG — Dean Brothers Inc., a Harrisonburg commercial, industrial and residential electrical company, will welcome Adam Roberson as its new CEO in March.Roberson, who has experience with strategic planning while working for a Minnesota- based commercial printing company now called Navitor, has spent the past 10 years as an executive and program director of a medical nonprofit and is in the ...read more
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  1/22/19  HARRISONBURG — Amy Snider is ready to get to work.Snider will take on the role as assistant to City Manager Eric Campbell by the end of this month. Along with other tasks, Snider will be in charge of customer service and citizen complaints, project coordination, special projects and City Council-city manager relations.Her salary with the city will be ...read more
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Friday, January 18, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/18/19  HARRISONBURG — Legislation filed this week outlines where lawmakers will begin their deliberations on proposed tolls for Interstate 81.On Tuesday, state Sens. Mark Obenshain, R- Rockingham, and Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, introduced a bill that would fund improvements to the heavily traveled interstate. Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, filed companion ...read more
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
WARM WISHESA ‘Revolutionary’ FriendshipFriendship Industries President Retires After 43 YearsBy IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/17/19  HARRISONBURG — George Homan’s 1974 skiing accident didn’t stop him from becoming a CEO.“[The accident] resulted in me needing to change careers,” Homan said, and that’s how he found himself at Friendship Industries, where he would work and lead for more than four ...read more
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Monday, January 14, 2019
HARRISONBURG, VA – The Virginia Quilt Museum will be opening for the season on Tuesday February 19, 2019. The museum will showcase quilts from the museum’s private collection as well as 25 quilts from the Houston International Festival which will include some of the most famous names in contemporary quilt art as well as emerging artists whose innovative work has caught many collector’s attention. ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  1/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Gov. Ralph Northam rolled out a bipartisan proposal Tuesday for $2.2 billion in improvements along Interstate 81, which would be paid for in part by highway tolls.To make that happen, legislation establishing the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund must make its way through the General Assembly, which convenes today for the 2019 ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Anticipation continues to build for Valley business leaders as state officials suggested tolls Tuesday to pay for improvements to Interstate 81.Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced draft legislation to generate $2.2 billion for projects identified last year in a plan by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.An announcement from Northam’s ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Hit The Ground RunningCampbell Completes First Year Leading HarrisonburgBy LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record 1/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Eric Campbell has spent a memorable fi rst year as Harrisonburg city manager and says his passion for local government has only grown.From Petersburg to Portsmouth to Charlotte, N.C., to Dallas, Campbell is no stranger to the world of city governance — he’s been doing ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
2. Bridgewater Source: Public domainOverall SnackAbility  7/10 Population: 5,906Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)Median Home Value: $209,200 (23rd best)Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (4th best)More on Bridgewater: Real Estate | Data | Photos Bridgewater is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVELiving Life To The FullestRole Models, Challenges Shape Lori KiznerBy LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  12/31/18  HARRISONBURG — Everything is different in Lori Kizner’s world.To her, it’s about mentoring college students and helping young kids reach their full potential. But it’s also about living.Living her life to its fullest potential.Kizner is known to most people in the ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDNR 1/2/2019  Daily News-Record  ELKTON — After almost three years with no one in the position, Elkton is now formally searching for a town manager.When Josh Gooden was elected mayor in November, he said he wanted to find a full-time town manager as soon as possible.“Filling the position is a top priority because it is needed for the long-term and the short-term planning of the ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
CANINE CONNECTIONLocal SPCA Hires New DirectorBy SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  1/3/19  HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has hired a new executive director who wants to lower the shelter’s high euthanasia rate.Huck Nawaz replaces Anne Anderson, who retired at the end of the year after 22 years. Nawaz officially takes over as executive director this month.Nawaz, 36, most recently ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  1/4/19  HARRISONBURG — Kristo and Mira Papa had a dream to open their own restaurant.Often, they would stay up until 4 a.m. planning and building Rocktown Kitchen inside the Ice House complex in downtown Harrisonburg.“I remember the nights when we bought chalk and drew out the entire restaurant on the floor,” Mira Papa said in a video played at the ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce officers and new Board members for 2019 elected at the January 3rd Annual Banquet, held at the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. This year’s Executive Committee introduced at the Annual Banquet includes:Dr. John Downey, BRCC –ChairFrank Oncken, Skyline Roofing – Chair-ElectJoel ...read more
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Friday, December 28, 2018
‘SOMETHING I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO’Field ExperienceNew Fair Manager’s Ag Roots Run DeepBy SHELBY MERTENSDaily News- Record 12/28/18  HARRISONBURG — Rebecca Holloway grew up on a farm in Grottoes and started showing market steers and hogs at the Rockingham County Fair at the age of 11.Her family has a long history at the fair, and she won several awards for livestock in her youth. She looked ...read more
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Monday, December 17, 2018
BRIDGEWATER, VA. — Bridgewater College has announced a one-to-one $250,000 challenge grant from The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation, in Richmond, Va., to help fund the renovation of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library to create the new hub of learning on campus, the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons. In order to obtain the grant, Bridgewater must raise $250,000 in cash ...read more
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