Jessie Knadler

Scores of teen wannabe Elon Musks and Sheryl Sandbergs from across the region convened at Blue Ridge Community College early this month to take part in a two-day Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler was there to capture the teen spirit and learn how to think more like an entrepreneur.

Marguerite Gallorini

After the deadly white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville, two grad students in history at the University of Virginia are trying to bridge the divide between academia and the rest of the city by starting a monthly community conversation on far-right and fascist groups. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini and 10 others sat in on the first workshop of the “Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Group.”

New York Times best-selling author John Grisham is coming to JMU on Wednesday, October 17, for the first John Grisham Writers Hour event where he’ll hold a conversation with one of his favorite authors, James McBride.  Grisham spoke with WMRA’s Chris Boros.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

The Harrisonburg/Rockingham Community Criminal Justice Board is meeting Monday night [Oct. 15, 2018], and several local groups are joining for a “March for Criminal Justice Reform” that will end at that meeting. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

María Chavalan is from a persecuted ethnic group in Guatemala. She fled to the U-S in 2015.  Now, ICE is pressuring her to buy a ticket back to Guatemala, but she is pleading her case in court, and seeking sanctuary in a church in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini attended her press conference yesterday.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Yesterday at James Madison University, as part of its “Democracy in Peril?” forum about current politics, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor addressed approximately 75 people, many of them students, gathered in James Madison Hall. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

It’s October, the season for haunted houses and chills and frights. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz talked with some area scare providers and filed this report – and just a word of caution: this includes some scary sounds.

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Families in Matthews, Virginia, sacrificed much during World War Two when a large group of sea captains from the town were sent to help with the war efforts.  Author William Geroux chronicles the heroic story of one Matthews’ family whose seven merchant mariner sons suddenly found themselves in the cross-hairs of Hitler’s U-boats.  

Marguerite Gallorini

This week was “Farm to School” week in all nine city schools of Charlottesville.  The aim was to promote local agriculture and produce in schools and to get children interested in eating healthy.  On Thursday, Delegate David Toscano and Virginia’s Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visited Venable Elementary School. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this story.

Across the nation this weekend [Saturday-Monday, Oct. 6-8, 2018] some 700 home owners and organizations, including in the WMRA listening region, are sharing their love of solar energy. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.


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