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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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
Monday, May 20, 2019
https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/27th-shenandoah-valley-bach-festival-explores-creation-through-haydn-milhaud-and-itself/ Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” and Darius Milhaud’s “La Création du Monde” – and the process of musical creation at the festival itself – are centerpieces of the 27th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival (SVBF) at Eastern Mennonite University this June. Ten days of ...read more
Categories: Community, General News Article, Press Release, Education, Human Interest
Monday, May 20, 2019
More than 250 Eastern Mennonite School Students Serve Across Community During the annual Community Service Day, May 17, 2019, more than 250 Eastern Mennonite School middle and high school students fanned across the community to share the gift of time and physical labor in support of 20 various organization’s missions. “Go and be the Body!” was the theme of Abby Stapleton’s opening reflections ...read more
Categories: Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Press Release
Friday, May 17, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  5/16/19  BROADWAY — An ensemble cast at the Schultz Theatre is performing a contemporary version of the classic fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” that adds new twists.The production debuts tonight at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School in Broadway starting at 7 p.m., with additional performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.The new ...read more
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Dave Bechler’s extensive contribution to regional and state-wide athletics competition has been marked this spring by Blue Ridge Conference, Virginia Independent Conference and Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA). After 23 years as EMS athletic director at Eastern Mennonite School, Dave will pursue new professional endeavors at the end of the school year. See ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Education
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Human Interest, Education, Press Release
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
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Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Art Dean’s message for graduating seniors at Eastern Mennonite University’s fourth annual Donning of the Kente ceremony was simple and he used their own stories to affirm it. He asked four seniors to name their fears when they first arrived on campus and then asked whether that fear was still present. From making friends to finding people who looked like me, the fears had been overcome. Dean, ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Education
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
For the third time, an Eastern Mennonite University student was selected to participate in the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) College Scholarship Program. Riley Swartzendruber, a senior digital media and photography major, and 11 other scholarship recipients attended the 2019 NANPA Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February, where they were ...read more
Categories: Education, Human Interest
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
Categories: Press Release
Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Categories: Community, Education, Press Release, Chamber, Economic, General News Article
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/cryptanalysis-trio-finishes-second-in-international-competition-achieves-master-codebreaker-status/ An Eastern Mennonite University team this month placed second out of 62 teams in an international cryptanalysis competition, and was one of only 15 teams to achieve Master Codebreaker status by solving all three challenges. The Kryptos 2019 team included ...read more
Categories: Education, Human Interest, General News Article, Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
EMHS Biology Students Pursue College-level Independent Research Eastern Mennonite High School biology students have the opportunity to pursue independent research under the direction of Dr. Wendy Stapleton, biology teacher, in conjunction with area universities. The research often begins in a scientific research methods course where students learn to design and implement their own scientific ...read more
Categories: Papers/Research, Education
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release, Chamber
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
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Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Chamber, Education, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Organization Looks To Replace Executive DirectorBy LAINE GRIFFINDNR 3/4/19  Daily News-Record HARRISONBURG— A well-known face to Harrisonburg is about to say goodbye and the process to find her replacement is set to begin within the next week.Lori Kizner, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, announced her resignation on Jan. 31 saying, she will ...read more
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
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
Categories: Press Release
Monday, March 04, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  3/2/19  HARRISONBURG — While the students are away on spring break, downtown Harrisonburg chefs have a chance to experiment with new menu items.Taste of Downtown, the city’s restaurant week, will run Monday through March 10 with 22 participating restaurants.“There’s a wide range of offerings,” said Kim Kirk, chief marketing officer for Harrisonburg Downtown ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Friday, March 01, 2019
WASHINGTON – Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) announced on Friday (February 1) the opening of the HIRE Vets Medallion Award application. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. “This program recognizes small businesses, non-profit organizations, and large companies for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans,” a release from the DoL ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Red Wing Roots Announces Headliners for Seventh Annual Festival Harrisonburg, Va. – The Red Wing Roots Music Festival will return to Natural Chimneys Park in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for the seventh time this summer – featuring, as always, local favorites and festival hosts, The Steel Wheels . The 2019 festival will take place from July 12-14 in Mount Solon, Va. Festival organizers are ...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 PETE DELEADaily News-Record  2/12/19  HARRISONBURG— When Deanna Reed attended a Harrisonburg City Council meeting for the first time five years ago, her main concern was school overcrowding.However, when she looked around the council chambers, she noticed a consistent theme: men.As someone who mentors youth as a passion and a career, she said, something needed to change. She lobbied women she ...read more
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENS Daily News-Record 2/12/19   HARRISONBURG — The Virginia Quilt Museum is launching its 2019 season on Feb. 19 with four exhibits that will run until the summer. The downtown Harrisonburg museum, 301 S. Main St., closed since Dec. 16, reopens with exhibits that will showcase local, regional and internationally made quilts representing a range of styles and techniques. “It’s ...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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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/23/19  HARRISONBURG — Massanutten Technical Center’s high school automotive training course welcomed a new car into its fleet Tuesday morning.The 2013 Ford Focus was donated by Harrisonburg Ford and will be the studied in- depth by students.The donation system is a simple process, said Kevin Hutton, MTC’s director.“We try to make it as easy as we can,” he ...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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Monday, January 07, 2019
DNR 1/3/2019  HARRISONBURG — Farmers & Merchants Bank announced promotions for employees at several of its branches in the Shenandoah Valley.Jonah Pence was promoted to senior vice president and market leader for F&M Bank’s Harrisonburg and Rockingham County offices, according to a bank press release.Pence, who lives in Cross Keys, has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech as well as ...read more
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Monday, January 07, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  1/5/19  HARRISONBURG — With most of its patients now covered by Medicaid, the Harrisonburg- Rockingham Free Clinic has changed its income eligibility requirements.The nonprofit health center’s board voted Dec. 28 to increase its income threshold for patients from 200 percent to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.In 2018, the federal poverty level for ...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
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
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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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record 12/29/18  HARRISONBURG — Janice Shanholtzer was just out of high school when she applied for a job at Truck and Equipment doing parts inventory.There isn’t a special or meaningful story about why she applied for the job she did. Shanholtzer was just ready to start working.But what is special and meaningful was that she stayed. After taking the job in 1962, ...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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Thursday, December 27, 2018
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  12/27/18  HARRISONBURG — Terry Burkholder, who was tasked with reviving First Night Harrisonburg eight years ago, is retiring in the new year, making way for a new executive director.The community New Year’s Eve celebration on Monday will be Burkholder’s last. Michael John Betts will take the reins on Jan. 1. “This is my eighth year and First Night continues to ...read more
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  12/20/18  HARRISONBURG — For the past few days, New Market resident Pam Presgrave packed up pencils, notebooks, toothpaste and other items that most people take for granted.Over the next few days, more than 5,000 packages will be delivered to Virginia inmates provided by Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach in Harrisonburg.“It makes me feel good knowing that they’re ...read more
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Longtime Faculty Member Had Been Serving In Interim CapacityBy MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  12/20/18  HARRISONBURG — Mike Busing got his first taste of the business world working in his family’s meat packaging company in Indiana. Busing said that’s where he believes he got his work ethic.But after years of working in the business, Busing’s dad told him to work hard in school so that he ...read more
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
NewsInBriefRockingham County Recognized For Annual Financial ReportingDNR Online 12/20/18  HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for its excellence in financial reporting. The county earned its 36th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence.The Board of Supervisors released to the public the Rockingham County Comprehensive Annual ...read more
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  12/19/18  HARRISONBURG — Starting next year, James Madison University will offer a new cybersecurity noncredit professional development certificate program for business leaders who want to learn how to better protect company and consumer data.The 20-hour introductory course consists of two full days of class in Harrisonburg and Roanoke, and two morning online ...read more
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  12/18/18  HARRISONBURG — Like many high school seniors, 16-year-old Irene Liu faces the challenge of picking her future career.To help with that, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County schools joined together Monday for the inaugural “Rockingham-Harrisonburg Works” working luncheon held at the James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center.The luncheon ...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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Thursday, December 13, 2018
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News- Record 12/13/18  HARRISONBURG — Skyline Literacy has raised enough money to keep its doors open at least through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.After having its federal funding cut in recent years, the Harrisonburg-based organization for adults looking to improve their reading skills, attain citizenship, earn a GED or other ...read more
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
On November 29, 2018, Ellen R. Fitzwater retired as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of F & M Bank Corp. after 19 years of service. The Board of Directors of F&M Bank Corp. appointed Michael W. Pugh as the new Board Chair.  Mr. Pugh has served as a director of the Company for the past 24 years.   Attachment: “Passing of the gavel” from Ellen Fitzwater (right) to newly elected Chairman, ...read more
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Tuesday, November 06, 2018
  In Virginia, creating a safe environment goes beyond traditional crime fighting; it also means working to ensure no one is discriminated against based on race, religion, or other personal attributes. As Attorney General Mark R. Herring puts it, “No Virginian should be singled out for abuse, harassment, or mistreatment because of who they are, what they look like, how they worship, where ...read more
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