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Today's News

  • No Rocky road for Minutemen

     

    It looked a lot better in the rearview mirror this time.

    The Liberty football team departed the unfriendly confines of Rockbridge County's stadium in much finer spirits than they did just three games ago.

    Liberty 39, Rockbridge County 19.

    When the two teams squared off at the Rockhouse last season, the Wildcats ended the Minutemen season in the equivalent of an Old West shoot-em up.

    Last time, Liberty blundered its way through the game's early going, allowing the Rockies to build an insurmountable edge.

  • JF swamps River

     

    The Staunton River Golden Eagles came to the fight with a few swords, their fists and a whole lot of grit.

    Jefferson Forest, on the other hand, brought a bazooka, a howitzer, a tank and a couple of bulldozers.

    The Cavs used their superior armory to advantage, blasting the host Rivermen to the tune of 56-13.

    The blitzkrieg, it would seem, had come to Moneta.

    From the opening kickoff to the closing whistle, the Cav offense moved with precision and, most importantly, speed.

  • The latest effect of the President's healthcare overhaul

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the course of my time in Washington, my Republican colleagues in the House and I have made it a priority to develop a way to bring meaningful reform to our healthcare system that does not harm our economy and reduce jobs.  Americans deserve a plan to reform healthcare in a way that does not put our small businesses and families at risk with overwhelming tax increases and unnecessary regulatory burdens.

     

  • Let’s end federal policies tipping the scale in favor of ethanol

    What federal policy harms a diverse group like livestock producers, food banks, families, restaurant owners, and truckers? Believe it or not, it is the promotion of corn as a fuel source in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

     

  • Time to face the facts

        They say politics makes strange bedfellows.
        Apparently, so does snooping.
        Through projects, such as the once-top secret PRISM program, the NSA has developed the means to do a whole lot of prying on the citizens that pay for its existence.  That’d be you and me.
        Now, there has been a lot of ink (and I wish there was a lot more) expended on how dangerous such programs are to our fundamental freedoms.

  • GOP misses an opportunity

    On Aug. 28, Americans of all races, ages and gender came together in Washington, D.C. to remember the historic “March on Washington” in 1963, the event that featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
        President Obama rose to the occasion with a fabulous speech, reminding the nation that those who marched and protested back then were the very agents of change that have improved race relations ever since.

  • If they snooze, the taxpayers lose

        Normally, I don’t cover the school board. Tom Wilmoth, the editor usually covers school board and town council while I go to the board of supervisors and county planning commission meetings. Sometimes Tom will assign the school board to me when he has to be in two places at the same time. That happened last month and, as I didn’t find out about it in time to seek asylum in Russia, I went to the meeting. The meeting was mercifully brief and I got to hear School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler make what I think is an excellent suggestion.

  • What a mess

    he Obama administration has let the Arab Spring become the Middle East Massacre.
        And it’s only getting worse.    
        Apparently the President felt his Apology Tour, held just after taking office, would make everyone in the Arab world suddenly love the United States and fall into line with our wishes.
        Surely there wouldn’t be any more trouble, only peace and harmony.
        And why not? He did win the Nobel Peace Prize for such foolishness.

  • Council considers firearms hunting in town

        Next Tuesday, Bedford Town Council will consider changing its firearms ordinance to allow some hunting with firearms in the town.
        The proposed ordinance amendment would allow for the discharge of firearms at private firearms ranges approved by the Bedford Police Department or for hunting with shotguns on parcels of at least 5 acres that are not within 100 yards of buildings, dwellings, streets, schools, ponds or public land or public places.

  • Public hearing Thursday on new middle school location

        Bedford County residents can voice their opinions to the Bedford County School Board, on where the new middle school in the Liberty Zone should be located, during a public hearing scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 5.
        The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the School Board Office conference room.
        The Bedford County School Board has studied three possible locations for the new middle school.