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Today's News

  • Commentary - Parity and the ACC

    I had to suffer through Virginia Tech’s win over Maryland the other night. The wife grew up in the Old Line State (that’s what Maryland is called on its state quarter anyway), so she cheers for the Terps.

    At the time, Maryland was ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll. The Terps no longer bear that distinction.

    Additionally, Georgia Tech fell out, having lost to North Carolina.

    That leaves the Tar Heels and Florida State as the sole top-25 teams from the ACC.

  • Minutemen hold off Lord Botetourt at wire

    It had been three years since Liberty last hosted a playoff game.

    Obviously, when the Minutemen hosted Lord Botetourt in their Regional playoff opener, they wanted to make sure that everyone got their money’s worth.

    Mission accomplished.

    No fan left this one early, as the Cavs stormed back in the final minutes of the game. Liberty was able to hang on for dear life, with Vonte Harper’s last-second interception finally dashing the Botetourt hopes.

    This matchup carried some disappointment with it before the opening kickoff.

  • Cavs will head to Turner Asbhy Friday

    It's difficult to analyze JF's upcoming visit to Turner Ashby, given the uncertainty surrounding the game. Here are some of the things we do know.

    Both teams had their way with Rockbridge. During the regular season, TA took the Rock 40-20. You already know about JF’s two routs of the Wildcats.

    Both teams went 7-3 in the regular season.

    TA’s losses were to teams that have a collective record of 26-5. Those defeats came at the hands of Chancellor (10-0), Martinsburg, WV (8-2) and Harrisonburg (8-3).

  • Minutemen to visit 9-1 R.E. Lee Friday night

    While the Minutemen were taking care of business on the field last Friday evening, their upcoming opponent was enjoying the show at Liberty High.

    R.E. Lee will host Liberty this Friday evening, at their Staunton stadium. This past Friday, however, the Leemen were able to travel to Bedford to watch their upcoming opponent. That’s because Lee had a bye, courtesy of a 9-1 regular season mark, good enough for the #2 seed in Division 3 (behind Brookville).

  • Cavs in cakewalk over Rockbridge

    Three colors: red, black and white. The Cavalier faithful painted themselves as the Wildcats saw only red in the end, 35-0. Jefferson Forest blacked out Rockbridge County in its first playoff game in nine years.

    “JF is a very good football team. They are going to make some noise in the playoffs,” Rockbridge coach Jason White said.

  • Special veterans benefits

    The veteran currently receiving VA service-connected disability compensation or the veteran and eligibility family members in receipt of benefits under the Improved Pension Program may also be entitled to benefits provided in two other programs. The receipt of service-connected disability compensation or pension benefits however, does not automatically entitle the veteran to receive benefits from these two special programs. In most cases the veteran must submit a claim for benefits under either of these programs.

  • A great wave of hope lifted Obama

    When Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois captured the presidency on Nov. 4, it was the biggest slap in the face for American racism since the Emancipation Proclamation and Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and career.

  • Social Security Administration alleviates bureaucratic inefficiencies
  • Hot air wins the day

    Last week, 52 percent of American voters chose slick talk over proven leadership.

    Maybe I’ll be proven wrong. Maybe Barack Obama will turn out to be a fine president. Or, perhaps he’ll end up being a mediocre Jimmy Carter. Or, we may be so sick of the change he’ll bring that we’ll wish him good riddance in 2012.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    Thumbs up to everyone who took the time out last Tuesday to cast their ballots in the local, state and national elections. The 5th District Congressional District race shows just how much your vote counts. As of Tuesday morning that race was separated by just 745 votes, with Democratic challenger Tom Perriello leading incumbent Republican Virgil Goode. If that margin stands, it will work out to less than three votes per precinct being the difference in the race. That's not very many, considering some 126,917 eligible voters didn't show up to vote Tuesday in the District.