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Main Street Community Partnership
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Plans For, And Opposition To, Proposed Fracking Pipeline in Virginia

A buried pipeline's linear clear-cut through woods. This pipeline is in Ohio. Image credit: Wikipedia user Analogue Kid.

In July 2014, the first survey crews should be appearing on private lands along a proposed new pipeline's route.  Construction is expected to get underway in 18 to 24 months.

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Main Street Community Partnership
10:23 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Yes, Virginia, That Was Another Earthquake

Virginia earthquake of May 22, 2014 --summary of witness reports and detection equipment. Image credit: USGS

On May 21 of 2014, a weak earthquake felt at night in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Louisa, and elsewhere mostly just rattled nerves as the historic 2011 Virginia Earthquake leapt to mind.

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Main Street Community Partnership
8:47 am
Thu May 1, 2014

If You Parked Near The Lynchburg Oil Train Blaze

Image credit: Twitter user James Riverkeeper (@UpperJamesRK) pic.twitter.com/OkIcZzWMS5

You may move your car now --but first must check in with the police on 9th Street.  Because of the oil train disaster, many parked vehicles were stranded at Depot Grille or along Jefferson Street. Evacuees (around 300 people) now may return. On the downtown side of the James River, would-be bike trail riders and RiverWalk users need to make other plans for the near future.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Open Schools During Blizzards?

Image credit: Wikipedia user Burtonpe (adjustments by WMRA News /tw)

Some members of Albemarle county's school board supported keeping schools open during winter storms by temporarily switching school bus stops to the major roads most likely to be plowed first. However, the idea of schoolkids hiking slippery snowbound secondary roads in wind chill conditions alarmed some board members.

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Main Street Community Partnership
11:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Involuntarily-Inked Va Kids Could Get Out-of-State Help

Two Virginia girls involuntarily tattooed by their babysitter could get free removal treatments by a good Samaritan from the North.

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Main Street Community Partnership
4:02 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Charlottesville Listener on NPR

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria's car moments before the fatal shooting which triggered the Great War. Image credit: Wikipedia Commons upload by user Küñall

Congrats to Heather McMann for an appearance on "All Things Considered" on Thursday, March 13, 2014. She was the first listener quoted by NPR (and the first one broadcast in her own voice) in Part IV of the series speculating about what would have happened if World War One had never happened.

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Main Street Community Partnership
2:55 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Rockingham Fracking-Leases Issued?

Generic photo of a typical hydrofracking site. Image credit: US Geological Survey.

That and other lesser-known drilling and fracking tidbits (including the occasional Bergton drilling boom/s) are in an OldSouthHigh article by Andrew Jenner. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
6:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

C-ville "Knockout" Story Goes National

Drudge report screencap from Dec 30 with the C-ville item linked in the top stories

A couple apparently brutally beaten while strolling the Charlottesville downtown pedestrian mall late on Dec 20 has been wondering why Charlottesville Police haven't publicized photos of the alleged assailants which the victims provided. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:05 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Golfing on Conservation Easement Land?

View of some rural Albemarle County land. Photo (cropped) credit: Wikipedia user Versageek

Albemarle County-based Trump Winery hopes to build the Trump National Golf Club on land acquired from the Kluge estate. Trump would need a special use permit from county authorities to put a golf course on rural land.

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Main Street Community Partnership
2:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Big City Graffiti Mural Under Harrisonburg

WMRA News (tw) screencap of Paul Somers / OldSouthHigh video of the BMBPRF duck mural creation

The street artist known in cities as "Bombproof" or just "BMBPRF" has Harrisonburg roots (EMHS Class of 2000) and in November of 2013, he returned to paint a tribute mural.   Apparently, the picture is in the Black's Run tunnel system. The image is a little edgy, a little funky, and a lot of: duck.

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