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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.