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WMRA News is partnering with local bloggers and volunteer journalists in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont Region to bring their work to more folks in our community.

Mural Artist Wanted

Oct 2, 2014

The parking deck behind the old post office is to get a makeover: Harrisonburg wants an artist to design a mural.  The competition will favor artists residing in (or at least with a connection to) the city or surrounding county.

State's Only Worker-Owned Restaurant Turns Ten

Sep 2, 2014
The Little Grill Collective

Harrisonburg's oldest restaurant, The Little Grill, has been running since the 1940s as a "greasy spoon" and then as a neo-hippie cafe with a lively live music scene. The old diner fare was gradually replaced with farm-to-table sorts of offerings.

Winchester's Woman In Black

Aug 5, 2014

In Georgia, Tennessee, and then Ohio and West Virginia, there appeared sightings of a loner on foot in a dark robe with odd headgear. In the connected age of smart phones and social media, a strange sight can become a global media fad. Someone tags a photo "#womaninblack" and others who see her follow suit. As the hashtags and Facebook sharing added up, public curiosity grew. Who was this mysterious woman in black and why was she shunning most contact with others?

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.

Yes, Virginia, That Was Another Earthquake

May 22, 2014

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.

If You Parked Near The Lynchburg Oil Train Blaze

May 1, 2014

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.

Open Schools During Blizzards?

Apr 15, 2014

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.

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

Charlottesville Listener on NPR

Mar 14, 2014

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.