An apparent would-be terrorist did not get a chance to launch plans concerning Stonewall Jackson High School; a School Resource Officer (SRO) alerted by Northern Virginia sources who were tipped off by watchers of social media helped prompt a successful bomb squad raid.
During budget cuts in 2008-9, Albemarle county's public schools lost "School Resource Officer" (SRO) funding. SROs are uniformed police officers in schools who once had the somewhat mellow duty of giving "Just Say NO" talks and of being law enforcement's goodwill ambassadors among school kids. However, the recent wave of mass shootings has rekindled interest in having trained first-responders present in schools.
Downtown Harrisonburg's Court Square Theater has ramped up the number of films it shows. Now they often have movies daily. They favor artsy cinema unlikely to appear at chain multiplex moviehouses. Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine, is hitting their screen.
The xx, an English alt-indie-electronic band whose haunting ambient song called Intro frequently appears as bumper music on NPR's All Things Considered, will perform in Charlottesville on Friday (Sept 20, 2013).
At Harrisonburg arthouse café, The Artful Dodger, a painting in a Rashidi Barrett art exhibit struck one visitor as disturbingly familiar --maybe another artist’s concept. It was. Soon news media from Norfolk to Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley were noticing.