News Release

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
For Immediate Release |January 25, 2022 | Timberville, VA -- F&M Bank’s leadership team welcomes Charles Driest as Senior Vice President & Director of Digital Banking. Mr. Driest joins F&M Bank most recently from Essex Bank and brings with him over 13 years of digital banking experience. Mr. Driest commented, “I’m excited to contribute my experience and expertise to a talented banking team; we ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community
Monday, January 24, 2022
    Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Glenn A. Youngkin     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · January 15, 2022  CONTACTS: Office of the GovernorMacaulay.Porter@governor.virginia.gov    Governor Glenn Youngkin Signs 11 Day One ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Friday, January 21, 2022
Harrisonburg, VA – January 21, 2022– The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, during its annual business meeting, elected its Board for 2022 and welcomed a new Chair and Chair-elect: Re-elected Board Members: • Umar Ali of First Citizens Bank for a 2nd Term • Kelly Blosser of Riddleberger Brothers for a 2nd Term • Quinton Callahan of Clark and Bradshaw for a 2nd Term Newly elected ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
Friday, January 21, 2022
  RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced his COVID Action Plan concurrent with Executive Order Number Eleven to provide hospitals, health systems, nursing facilities, and other healthcare providers the tools necessary to combat COVID-19. The plan also includes issuing clear testing guidelines to prioritize the use of COVID rapid tests and marshalling further resources to ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Friday, January 21, 2022
Massanutten Regional Library is pleased to announce that the 25th annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teachers Essay Contest is underway. Dedicated to celebrating the inspiring influence of our area’s educators, the Honored Teacher Essay Contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who live or go to public, private or home schools in the city of Harrisonburg or in Rockingham or ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Bridgewater College’s World War II Service Honor Board a 2021 Honoree in VAM’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts  BRIDGEWATER, Va. — A World War II Service Honor Board that features Bridgewater College men and women who served in WWII is among those selected for Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program for 2021.   Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program sheds light on the expense ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Eastern Mennonite University has named Mary Krahn JensenEdD to the role of vice president for enrollment and strategic growth. Jensen has been associate provost of EMU’s educational site in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for the past six years, where she has overseen the successful launch and development of a growing aviation program and several other new professional and graduate certificate ...read more
Categories: Education, Press Release
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Theater-goers in the Shenandoah Valley will get the first look this winter at an Eastern Mennonite University production that will embark on a European tour in 2022. Bonhoeffer: Cell 92 depicts the life of German dissident and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was imprisoned and murdered for his opposition to Hitler and the Nazi regime in World War II. He spent one and half years in prison ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Education
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PCB is pleased to announce the promotion of Aaron Green to Senior Vice President and Senior Lending Officer effective January 6, 2022.With this new role, Aaron will be responsible for creating loan policy, developing processes and systems for new and existing loan programs, coordinating and leading retail and commercial lender training plans in conjunction with Area Executives and the PCB training ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Harrisonburg Council, other public bodies to resume meeting virtuallyDecision to take effect Wednesday, Jan. 12. Tonight’s meeting will remain in person HARRISONBURG, Va. – Interim City Manager Ande Banks has declared a local emergency which allows Harrisonburg City Council and other public bodies to resume meeting virtually due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our area. The Declaration, ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Monday, January 10, 2022
Flora Pettit Elects Scott M. Raney as New Shareholder Flora Pettit proudly announces that Scott M. Raney was elected a shareholder of the firm effective January 1, 2022.  Scott concentrates his practice on commercial real estate, finance and development. He represents developers, contractors, builders, business owners, lenders, borrowers, landlords, and tenants providing effective and efficient ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
Thursday, January 06, 2022
BRIDGEWATER, Va. — Author, musician and screenwriter James McBride will speak about his latest novel during an endowed lecture at Bridgewater College on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The lecture, held in the Concert Hall at the Carter Center for Worship and Music, is part of Bridgewater College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.  McBride’s latest novel, Deacon King Kong, tells the story of a 1969 ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release, Community
Thursday, January 06, 2022
Everence scholarship application deadline is Feb. 28  HARRISONBURG – Everence Financial® is accepting applications for college scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year until Feb. 28.  Everence will award 45 regional scholarships of $1,000 to students chosen by local Everence offices.  Three students also will receive national scholarships – one of $2,000 and two of $1,000 – so the top three ...read more
Categories: General News Article, Education, Press Release
Thursday, January 06, 2022
Harrisonburg, VA, January 5, 2022--Thomas D. Rea has been named Executive Vice President and Regional Commercial Executive.  With this promotion, Mr. Rea will lead Market Presidents in the Bank’s newer markets as we continue to grow throughout Virginia. His expanded responsibilities will run concurrently with those presently associated with his role as President of the Harrisonburg / Shenandoah ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Thursday, January 06, 2022
The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County (TCFHR) is excited to offer a new online system for scholarship applications. Students may access the new system to determine eligibility to apply for 2022 scholarship awards. TCFHR provides a variety of scholarship opportunities for students seeking to receive financial assistance as they prepare for college or graduate school. TCFHR ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Friday, December 31, 2021
On January 1, 2022, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP admits Matthew J. Dean, CPA, CITP, and Monte J. Glanzer, CPA, into the firm partnership, bringing the Charlottesville based CPA and advisory services firm to a total of 16 partners. Dean first began his career at Hantzmon Wiebel as an intern in 2005. He currently specializes in audit and accounting services for nonprofit organizations and business ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General News Article
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Virginia Living is excited to announce the upcoming launch of its 11th annual Best of Virginia Readers’ Survey, where Virginians vote for many “bests” throughout the Commonwealth in a wide variety of categories ranging from Best Family Entertainment and Best Bed & Breakfast to Best Spa and Best Radio Station. The winners in each of the 103 categories will be featured in our Best of Virginia ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release, Community
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
When Covid shut down the massive dump outside Guatemala City, some 40,000 people lost their livelihood. Project Olas helped to re-employ some of those mothers as language tutors, and EMHS Spanish IV students are among the beneficiaries. The program provides access to relationship-centered language education,  and provides “Olas Moms” with access to safe and sustainable work, according to ...read more
Categories: Education, Human Interest
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Harrisonburg, VA – December 23, 2021 – The Massanutten Regional Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Rochelle Carr has been named Library Director, a role which focuses on the strategic leadership and vision for the seven-branch regional system. Ms. Carr was selected after a national search was conducted by Bradbury Miller Associates, a recruiting firm which specializes in ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Friday, December 17, 2021
Stroke-like symptoms first sent Donna May to the hospital.Along with double vision, she spent time with a team of five doctors who tried to treat her.But the mysterious illness persisted.“Nobody had a clue what was wrong with me,” May said.May said it wasn’t until she was recommended to see a chiropractor that she finally got some answers.May went to chiropractor and friend Arthur Fierro for what ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
WEYERS CAVE — In two years, every home without internet in Rockingham and surrounding counties is slated to be connected through a regional broadband project. The state is awarding $722 million in grant funding to connect 278,000 homes without internet service across the commonwealth, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday at the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. “These funds will bring ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
Monday, December 13, 2021
Two Brown Edwards’ directors have been selected for The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia, 40 under Forty class, Megan Meador, Bristol, VA and J. William Clark, Kingsport, TN.  40 Under Forty nominees are judged on their business success and their achievements as an active member of the community. Each nominee needed two letters of support, one from a workplace colleague ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Friday, December 10, 2021
Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed $245 million for outdoor recreation — with funding earmarked for the much-talked about 48.5-mile rail trail connecting Broadway to Front Royal. “As long as it is able to remain in the budget and become appropriated, we feel like it would be a game changer for this project so this trail can come to fruition,” said Brandon Davis, executive director of the Northern ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Bridgewater, VA – Bluestone Vineyard will host a 10-day long food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in collaboration with an employee ugly Christmas sweater contest. From Friday, November 26 through Sunday, December 5, we are asking patrons to bring in non-perishable food items to vote for their favorite ugly Christmas sweater.  The winner of the contest will be determined by who has the ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Security Alarm Corporation Announces New Partnership in Virginia HARRISONBURG, Virginia – November 29, 2021 Security Alarm Corporation (“SAC”) is proud to announce its partnership with Security Alarm Systems VA, LLC (“SAS”), a full-service systems integrator based in Harrisonburg, VA. “I am excited to begin our operations in Virginia and to partner with Justin [Allbright] and his team at SAC,” ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Funding Addresses Local Needs The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County’s annual competitive Fall grant cycle came to a close on November 17 with excited Board approval. This cycle’s grants total $78,934 to 14 local nonprofit organizations. The monies distributed will go to H-R nonprofits addressing needs in:  Animal welfare (Still Meadows Enrichment Center & Camp, Cat’s ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
LOCAL FOCALShoppers Hit The Streets, Markets On Small Business SaturdayDNR 11/29/21  Sometime around 10:15 Saturday morning, downtown Harrisonburg’s cold sidewalks slowly morphed into a dervish of leashed dogs, pushed strollers and shoppers armed with credit cards, cash and shopping lists.It was here, her breath visible in the morning air through her James Madison University mask, that Jennifer ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Press Release, Community
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Community Provides 250 Turkeys To Those In NeedDNR 11/24/21Amy Smith, 43, was driving her mother’s car in the line outside the Salvation Army in Harrisonburg to pick up turkeys and other fixings for her family Tuesday morning.The engine in Smith’s van recently conked out, but that hasn’t been her hardest challenge this year.In March, Smith had her second surgery to deal with a third brain aneurysm ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, General News Article, Press Release
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Megan Argenbright, the office managing partner for the Shenandoah Valley area, has been selected as an honoree in the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal’s 10 under 40 class.  This honor is awarded to up-and-coming business professionals in the Harrisonburg community. Community members are tasked to nominate talented and successful individuals that represent a diverse selection of ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Press Release
Friday, November 19, 2021
AXE OF KINDNESSVeterans Support Group Living Waters Finds New Purpose Beyond FarmDNR 11/15/21Steven Wheelbarger, on his final military deployment in Iraq, was on the verge of making a decision that can be made only once.“I was close to committing suicide,” the Harrisonburg native and Marine veteran said Sunday. “I was headed back to my room and saw a vision of my son instead, so I went to the ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Friday, November 19, 2021
United Way Raises Awareness Of Families Struggling To Make Ends MeetBy JILLIAN LYNCH Daily News-RecordNov 16, 2021Top of FormBottom of FormALICE, the acronym that stands for asset limited, income constrained, employed, designates people in the community who don’t qualify for federal poverty benefits, but still struggle to make ends meet.According to Laura Toni-Holsinger, executive director of ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Thursday, November 11, 2021
White décor awash in sunlight seemed to glow with the excitement of new restaurant Village Juice and Kitchen's grand opening on West Bruce Street on Monday.Visitors working on laptops had already made themselves at home at high-top bar seats in the large windows of the space formerly home to Food.Bar.Food during the grand opening, along with groups of college students and community members ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, November 08, 2021
  Wow, the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is 25! As a member-driven organization, the collective spirit of LLI is a beautiful representation of its members. When I think about the essence of LLI, here’s what first comes to mind: Your love for learning inspires us all to dig into new concepts and deepen our understanding of existing knowledge to further impact our world. Your enthusiasm is ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Friday, November 05, 2021
On November 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published in the Federal Register its emergency temporary standard (ETS) that will require private sector employers with 100 or more workers to ensure that employees are vaccinated against Covid-19. If employers do not want to dismiss employees who are not vaccinated, they have the option to allow those unvaccinated ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
Commitment to diversity and inclusion Harrisonburg, VA – November 1, 2021 – The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has adopted the following organizational statement on Diversity:The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels of our organization as well as the community at large. We believe that cultivating an ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Human Interest, Press Release
Friday, October 29, 2021
Three businesses seeking to be the winner of the Bridgewater’s Best Idea competition and the $250,000 prize have been named after nearly a month of consideration by town staff. The finalists include Bridgewater Coffee Co., Rockingham Cooperative and Connections Early Learning Center, which is expected to open in August. “We were impressed by the applicants’ different methods of measuring ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Friday, October 29, 2021
HARRISONBURG, Va. – One week after learning the Black- and Brown-owned business growth program B-Cubed would receive $50,000 from a Virginia grant, the innovative local economic development program is being recognized with another $100,000 in support. Harrisonburg Economic Development and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce recently partnered with the Staunton Community Capital Fund ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Brown Edwards, LLP, an Inside Public Accounting Top 100 Accounting, Tax and Advisory firm based in Roanoke, Virginia, announces its intent to acquire Mitchell Wiggins, a leading provider of tax, audit and business consulting services in the Metro Richmond and Tri-Cities area. This partnership will enhance the resources and capabilities that both firms can provide to their clients, rivaling those ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Monday, October 25, 2021
  Brown Edwards has been awarded Associate Member of the Year for the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia (ABCWV). This is the first year this award has been given by the ABCWV. The announcement was made at the annual ABCWV Excellence in Construction Banquet, held at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention center last night.  The Associated Builders and Contractors ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, October 25, 2021
ROCKINGHAM – Eleven area organizations will benefit from the generosity of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative members by receiving an Operation Round Up grant this fall.   The grant committee met on Oct. 13 to review applications for the cooperative’s charitable giving program. It selected which ones to fund from a pool of money that grows as co-op members voluntarily round up their bills ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, October 25, 2021
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Two local initiatives will soon have more help in supporting local businesses thanks to $100,000 in funds awarded to the City of Harrisonburg from the 2022 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant. The grant, which was announced Wednesday by Gov. Ralph Northam’s office, will provide $50,000 to the Bricks & Clicks program, and another $50,000 to the B-Cubed: ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Human Interest, Community
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Roanoke, Virginia – Goodwill Industries of the Valleys appointed Brenda Moore as Chief Information Officer on October 4, 2021, and Chris Conner as Vice President of Information Technology on October 18, 2021. Both Moore and Conner join Goodwill’s Executive Leadership Team and will lead the Information Technology department.  Moore had been with Medical Facilities of America since 1998 and served ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Governor Northam Announces More Than $4.4 Millionto Revitalize Communities Across Virginia ~ Grants will support entrepreneurs and boost local economies ~    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that local business owners and community organizations will benefit from more than $4.4 million in grants for 33 investment projects across the Commonwealth.  These projects ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Thursday, October 14, 2021
All-Season Virginia Resort Expanding Ski Terrain, Adding New Owners Lounge, Enhancing Snowmaking Improvements and More, Just in Time for 50th Anniversary  Massanutten, Va.– October 13, 2021 - Massanutten Resort, the premier all-season resort located in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, today announced plans to expand and upgrade its ski area for the upcoming 2021-2022 winter season. As ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Thursday, October 14, 2021
The Alvin V. Baird, Jr. Program Endowment Fund was established in 2005 to support the mission of The Free Clinic in Harrisonburg, Virginia. During its many years of serving this community, the clinic’s mission was to provide volunteer outpatient health services to the uninsured in a manner that promoted dignity, wholeness, and the coordination of services. With the closure of The Free Clinic in ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The Community Foundation has office space available for lease at the Plecker Center for Community Philanthropy, located at 317 S Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Tenant must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Nonprofit tenants have access to conference rooms on both the main floor and second floor, and common area (kitchenette, bath etc.). Rent would include phone, internet services, ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Monday, October 11, 2021
Roanoke, VA – Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is harnessing clean energy from the sun to save on their electricity bill, allowing them to put those savings directly into the work they do ensuring every individual can acquire the skills and support needed to earn a good job and advance into a sustainable career. The new rooftop solar array is located on the Goodwill Roanoke Jobs Campus building ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Friday, October 08, 2021
Roanoke, VA – October 10 marks the 90th anniversary of Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. Founded in Roanoke on October 10, 1931, Goodwill consisted of a cabinet and shoe shop, store, mission hall, and 32 rooms for the homeless. The first superintendent was Mr. S.L. Thomas, and he oversaw the work of 20 - 30 people operating a paper plant that generated about $10,000 a year. Records, dating back ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Friday, October 08, 2021
Job Starter: Advanced Manufacturing TrainingParticipants paid to train for manufacturing jobs, guaranteed interviews with 7 companies Date: October 5, 2021 WEYERS CAVE VA – Offering paid training and a chance to interview with seven manufacturing companies, Job Starter: Advanced Manufacturing Training is a new program provided by Blue Ridge Community College aimed at bringing awareness to modern ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Friday, October 08, 2021
Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership, a program of The Community Foundation, is hosting a two-part Strategic Planning Workshop provided by Jennifer Testa. The workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 20th from 9am-12pm and Wednesday, November 3rd, from 9am-12pm. Both sessions will be held in Stewart Room at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center. Organizations may attend Part 1 on ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Announces Policy PrioritiesTransportation, Affordable Housing and Childcare are key to workforce issues Harrisonburg, VA – October 4, 2021 – The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has officially adopted, as immediate policy priorities, the areas of Transportation, Affordable Housing and Childcare. These three issues, ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, October 04, 2021
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Broadway Coworking had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon. The coworking business is a shared professional workspace for professionals and small businesses to use. Broadway Coworking began in 2019 after co-founder Eugene Bare had the idea was born out of his own need to have a workspace outside of his home. “One of the biggest appeals of ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Thursday, September 30, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · September 30, 2021    Office of the GovernorAlena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov  Virginia Economic Development PartnershipSuzanne Clarksclark@vedp.org  Veronesi Holding S.p.A. Maria Chiara FaddaMaria.Chiara.Fadda@veronesi.it    Governor Northam Announces Italian Cured Meats Producer to Establish First U.S. Operation in Virginia ~ ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Ralph S. Northam     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · September 29, 2021    Office of the GovernorAlena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov  Department of General ServicesDena.Potter@DGS.Virginia.gov  Virginia Department of ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic, Education, General News Article, Human Interest, Political, Press Release
Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Ralph S. Northam     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · September 23, 2021    Office of the GovernorAlena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov  Virginia Economic Development PartnershipSuzanne Clarksclark@vedp.org  Virginia Industrial Plastics, ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
ber    Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Ralph S. Northam   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · September 22, 2021    Office of the GovernorAlena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov  Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Friday, September 10, 2021
For the 2nd year in a row, Brown Edwards CEO, Jason Hartman, has been named to the Virginia 500 2021 Power List.   The Virginia 500, assembled by Virginia Business magazine, lists the state’s top business leaders across twenty categories taking into consideration annual revenue, newsworthiness, community involvement, diversity, number of employees (in Virginia and worldwide) and how ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Friday, August 27, 2021
For the 3rd year in a row, Brown Edwards has been recognized as a Top 50 Construction Accounting Firm by Construction Executive magazine. Construction Executive is considered a leading source for news, market developments and business issues impacting the construction industry. In the July/August 2021 edition, the magazine released its annual list recognizing the Top 50 Construction Accounting ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Hildred Neff Memorial Fund – Grant Application Available The 2021 Hildred Neff Memorial Fund grant application is now available! Hildred Neff was born in and lived in Rockingham County her whole life. She loved animals and was especially fond of cats. She left her estate to create an endowed fund to benefit agencies that provide for the needs of both domestic and wild animals. Grant awards can ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Monday, August 16, 2021
Today Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) Chair, Frank Friedman, cut the ribbon to launch the eagerly-anticipated Afton Express commuter bus scheduled to begin service on September 1. He was joined by CSPDC Commissioners and staff, local government representatives, and transportation partners. Rebecca White, Director, UVA Department of Parking & Transportation, Waynesboro ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Friday, August 13, 2021
ROCKINGHAM – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative members re-elected longtime board director Larry C. Howdyshell to highlight the organization’s 85th annual membership meeting on Thursday, Aug. 12.   SVEC’s board and select staff gathered at the headquarters in Rockingham County for the telephone town hall-style event. More than 100 members registered to receive a call to participate. The ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Thursday, August 05, 2021
Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Small Business Game Changerpresented by Appeal ProductionSeptember 4- November 21, 2021   What is it: Owning a small business can be tough, but it is extremely rewarding. And sometimes, you just need the right kind of marketing to make your business a step above the rest. As Andy Vanhook, owner of Appeal Production states, “It’s the most satisfying and difficult thing I’ve ever done. The ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Fun Facts, Human Interest, Political, Community, Education, General News Article, Papers/Research, Press Release
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
DOWNTOWN 2040City Eyes Master Plan For Downtown With Community InputDNR 8/3/21For some, the thought of urban development might conjure images of slick-talking businesspeople bulldozing beloved community sites in favor of a high-rise apartment or parking lot.There was a different picture at the #DreamDowntown pop-up events from July 23 to 25, which are part of Harrisonburg’s urban development plan, ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Thursday, July 29, 2021
ON THE RAILS94% Of Rail Trail Survey Respondents Say They'll Use It If BuiltDNR 7/23/21  If completed, Brad Shelton, with Michael Baker International, said the rail trail will be divided into six segments to allow user flexibility if built individually. Shelton said the first segment will be 11.5 miles long and stretch from Broadway to Caverns Road in Shenandoah County.Brad Reed, a planner with ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Thursday, July 29, 2021
WEYERS CAVE — Blue Ridge Community College and James Madison University have forged another partnership intertwining their students.Presidents of the institutions announced Monday that 50 students from JMU’s fall 2022 waitlist will be able to go their first year at BRCC while living on JMU’s campus and eventually be able to transfer into the four-year university. The transfer program, named Bridge ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
For the 5th year in a row, Brown Edwards has been recognized as a top accounting firm on the INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) Top 100 List, moving up another three spots on the list this year.  The IPA 400 recognizes the top U.S.-based accounting firms and is the most comprehensive list of North American public accounting firms available. Each year, IPA ranks the largest public accounting firms in ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
DNR 7/19/21  In June, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County reached a milestone of recovering over two-thirds of the jobs lost in March and April 2020, according to Joe Mengedoth, a Richmond Federal Reserve Bank economist.Statewide, 60% of jobs have been recovered since the mass job loss during the first two months of the pandemic, he said.Shenandoah Valley localities have led the way in the state ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
DNR 7/22/21  The Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail feasibility study gained the attention of thousands of Virginians, and on Wednesday, the popularity in the project will be revealed.In collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation and Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will host a webinar at 7 p.m. Wednesday to share the ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, July 26, 2021
Winchester, VA – Coldwell Banker Premier, founded by Steve DuBrueler in 1994, was recently honored as one of the top companies within the Coldwell Banker global network for 2020. The firm has received the prestigious President’s Award of Honor distinction, placing them within the top 16% of all Coldwell Banker franchisees in the nation. DuBrueler’s passion for helping the company’s agents, ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, July 26, 2021
Shenandoah Valley Return to Earn Program Open to Eligible BusinessesBonuses offered as incentive to unemployed workers to return to work and to help employers fill job vacancies.  Harrisonburg, VA (July 19, 2021). The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board is currently taking applications for the Shenandoah Valley Return to Earn Program. Eligible small businesses can apply to be reimbursed ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, July 26, 2021
DNR 7/24/21There is congressional legislation that could have a serious, negative impact on a number of major industries that support Virginia’s vibrant economy, including farming and agriculture, particularly important to us in the Valley. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), prioritizes growing union power and influence rather than the rights of workers to choose or not chose to ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, July 26, 2021
Fred C. Garber of Mount Jackson, a farmer, businessman and longtime electric cooperative director, is the recipient of the 2021 Electric Cooperative Leadership Award from the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.   Garber received the association’s highest award July 22 at a reception at the Rockingham office of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, where he ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
After last year’s event was postponed due to COVID-19, the Dayton Muddler returns to the Rockingham County town next month.However, the money raised by the roughly 4-mile obstacle course race will be distributed differently this year.Instead of going to a veterans group, the money will go to the Dayton Police Department and Harrisonburg Police Foundation.Dayton Police Chief Jason Trout said his ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Virginia wins CNBC Top State for Business in 2021State repeats victory of 2019 PUBLISHED JULY 13, 2021BY KATE ANDREWS / KATHERINE SCHULTERalph Northam appears on CNBC on July 13, 2021. Virginia was named CNBC’s top state for business for the second time in a row, beating out North Carolina and Texas, as well as being the first state to win the honor five times, the network said Tuesday ...read more
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Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County celebrates another successful year working with donors in providing scholarships to students in our local area. Over $245,000 in scholarship were given to students of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Congratulations to all 2021 scholarship recipients! For the list of students, please see below. TCFHR believes education is the key ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Human Interest
Monday, July 12, 2021
Making improvements to Smithland Road and the Mount Crawford park and ride came with a combined price tag of nearly $5 million. After the state approved the distribution of $1.3 billion for various transportation projects in June, Rockingham County is looking at completing those projects at no cost. During Tuesday’s Rockingham County Planning Commission meeting, news was released that the ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, July 12, 2021
DNR 7/10/21  Rockingham County Public Schools has received two rounds of federal stimulus money to help with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through the CARES Act and the American Recovery Plan. The system is expecting to receive a third round of funding for the largest amount yet — $10.8 million.The first round of funding, $1.4 million, was used on some elementary early start programs for ...read more
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Friday, July 09, 2021
Professional & Continuing Education Becomes a School Effective July 1, 2021As Dean, I am absolutely thrilled to share that on July 1, 2021, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) officially approved our proposal to become the School of Professional & Continuing Education (SPCE) at James Madison University.SPCE is an academic unit with collaborative, innovative and curious ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Education, Press Release
Thursday, July 08, 2021
ROCKINGHAM – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative members will receive a financial boost after their Board of Directors voted to return more than $5.5 million in capital credits.   Such a return may occur for years in which a financial audit determines the cooperative’s revenues exceed expenses. Also referred to as a capital credit retirement, this is one of the key advantages to being a part ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Melissa Price, a partner at Brown Edwards’ Charleston, West Virginia office, has won the West Virginia Society of CPAs (WVSCPA) Public Service Award. This award recognizes a West Virginia CPA who demonstrates leadership, is involved in their community, makes an impact, and provides outstanding service. Melissa was honored at WVSCPA’s 103rd Annual Meeting held at the Greenbrier on June ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Friday, July 02, 2021
Suzanne Bergmeister comes from the University of Louisville PUBLISHED JULY 1, 2021BY KATE ANDREWSGilliam Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Director Suzanne Bergmeister. Photo courtesy James Madison University James Madison University announced Thursday that Suzanne Bergmeister has been named the next executive director of its Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship. She comes from the University ...read more
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Friday, July 02, 2021
We had the chance to sit down and chat with the new president and CEO for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, Chris Quinn. We asked how his work history and career led him to this type of work. He comes to the Chamber with experience in government, trade associations, and non-profits. His work in legislature and working with constituents from varying backgrounds that have different ...read more
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Thursday, July 01, 2021
Indoor agriculture company also hires new CFO PUBLISHED JUNE 30, 2021BY RICHARD FOSTERMatt Ryan. Photo courtesy Shenandoah Growers Rockingham County-based indoor agriculture company Shenandoah Growers Inc. has appointed former Starbucks Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Matthew Ryan as the company’s new CEO. And Mike Buckley, former senior vice president of business for Postmates, has been hired as ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community, Human Interest
Thursday, July 01, 2021
DNR 7/1/2021    DAYTON — Rockingham Cooperative has been celebrating its 100th anniversary since February and to keep the festivities rolling, board members were presented with a resolution Wednesday commemorating the occasion.Approved by the Virginia General Assembly during the 2021 session, the resolution recognizes Rockingham Cooperative for servicing its community for 100 years. The ...read more
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Thursday, July 01, 2021
Franklin, West Virginia – Pendleton Community Bank (PCB) is excited to announce the promotions of Katie Sinnett, Christina Branham, and Lauren Dunbrack to AVP Regional Retail Managers.Virginia Market Katie Sinnett oversees retail operations in the Virginia market to include Staunton, Bridgewater, and three financial centers in Harrisonburg. Katie has been with PCB for twelve years beginning her ...read more
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
DNR 6/30/21  Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, left, poses for a photo with Cindy Noftsinger, executive director of Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley.  In the last two years, Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, has introduced legislation to benefit individuals impacted by a brain injury and pushed for approval. After sponsoring two bills that passed with no opposition, Wilt was recognized for ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
Monday, June 28, 2021
Emily Signorelli, a Director at Brown Edwards’ Charleston, West Virginia office, has been selected as an honoree of the 2021 Class of Generation Next: 40 under 40.  This honor is presented by the State Journal, West Virginia’s source for business, technology, law, education, tourism, energy, and healthcare news. The Generation Next: 40 Under 40 program was created sixteen years ago to ...read more
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Monday, June 28, 2021
HARRISONBURG, VA (June 28, 2021) - Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) was recently awarded the LeadingAge Virginia Organization Stewardship Award at the LeadingAge annual conference and awards ceremony. This award recognizes a community that has been exemplary in building public trust and confidence in aging services through public service, collaboration, media or other efforts to ...read more
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Thursday, June 24, 2021
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record       6/23/21  Cate Lemmond and Melissa Gilligan were not prepared for what they found when dropping off supplies at a Lee County animal shelter on Friday. While giving them paper towels, soap, bleach, food, crates and toys, they found the shelter at capacity with dogs.With no more space in the kennels, Lee County animal shelter workers were prepared to begin ...read more
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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Brown Edwards is pleased to announce the addition of three new partners to our growing firm; Megan Argenbright and Matt Heatwole from our Harrisonburg, VA office and Jared Brown from our Bristol, VA office.   “I am proud of the hard work, tenacity and dedication shown by these newly admitted partners throughout their tenure at BE,” states CEO, Jason Hartman. “Collectively, they have delivered ...read more
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Monday, June 14, 2021
Governor Northam Proclaims June 13–19 Virginia Agriculture Week  ~ Special events will celebrate the Commonwealth’s farmers, agribusinesses, and agricultural community ~    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring June 13–19 as Virginia Agriculture Week to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community. The ...read more
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Thursday, June 03, 2021
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  6/2/21  The closed Harrisonburg- Rockingham Free Clinic is in the process of turning all its assets over to the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham, according to a May press release.“The board is committed to being good stewards of the community-invested assets entrusted to us, to ensure all who need health care in our community have access to ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
Thursday, June 03, 2021
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record 6/3/21  For the last few years, Broadway has been looking to purchase a historic building that previously served as part of the first Broadway High School.On Tuesday, the wait came to an end.Broadway Town Council unanimously approved purchasing the property, located at 131 S. Main St., with the idea of transforming the space into a multiuse theater similar to ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
Harrisonburg, VA – Coldwell Banker Premier, the #1 real estate company in a 9-county footprint, recently opened a new office in Harrisonburg. This office is located at 1950 Evelyn Byrd Ave, Suite A and will be managed by Sheila (Jenkins) Hall, a long-serving agent/manager in that market. The addition of this location brings the company’s regional office count to 8. Founder and CEO, Steve ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Press Release
Friday, April 02, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce announces their new President & CEO, Christopher “Chris” Quinn April 2, 2021 – The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Christopher “Chris” Quinn has been selected as the Chamber’s new President & CEO.   Quinn will start his new role as President & CEO on April 29, 2021, working remotely until ...read more
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Friday, March 26, 2021
Arts Council of the Valley Announces First Fridays Downtown Events for April HARRISONBURG, VA – Arts Council of the Valley’s April First Fridays Downtown features in-person events throughout the month at several locations, with other venues offering virtual arts experiences - or some combination of the two. A First Fridays Downtown interactive map provides information on each venue ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release
Friday, January 29, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · January 29, 2021    Office of the GovernorContact: Alena YarmoskyEmail: Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov  Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesContact: Michael WallaceEmail: Michael.Wallace@vdacs.virginia.gov  Smiley’s Ice CreamContact: Derek SmileyEmail: dsmiley@smileysicecream.com    Governor Northam Announces Ice Cream ...read more
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Ralph S. Northam     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · January 27, 2021    Office of the GovernorAlena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov    Virginia Enacts First-in-the-Nation Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Standards Amid Pandemic  ~ Governor Northam approves standard recently adopted by Safety and Health ...read more
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Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Meet 10 Valley Business Leaders who have gone above and beyond  - all before the age of 40.  Congratulations to all 10 of these amazing people for their hard work and dedication.  Side note we are proud to mention that ALL 10 are Chamber Members.   Here is the link to the Daily News-Record:Shenandoah Valley Business Journal - November 2020 by Daily News-Record - issuu
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
SpotOn Raises $40 Million Funding Round Led by Franklin Templeton and Dragoneer Investment Group Next Generation Payments and Software Company Will Use Capital to Accelerate Growth and Fuel Expansion into New Markets SpotOn co-founders Matthew and Zachary Hyman (Photo: Business Wire) SpotOn co-founders Matthew and Zachary Hyman (Photo: Business Wire) SpotOn co-founders Matthew and Zachary ...read more
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