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Today's News

  • Staunton River vs Forest looms large. Minettes get win

    In what is shaping up to be one of the more critical games of the season, Staunton River will travel to Forest to take on the Lady Cavs this Friday evening.

    If not for Brookville, these two would be battling it out at the top for Seminole supremacy. However, until someone steps up to show otherwise, the Bees are clearly at the top of the heap. Brookville has already beaten Staunton River twice this season (only once in Seminole play, the other came in the Byrd tournament), while the Bees dispatched Forest just before the break.

  • Liberty boys nail Forest in roundball

    It appears that half a game of expertise is greater than a full game of hustle.

    Liberty finally got it into gear after the intermission and went on to beat county rival Jefferson Forest by as score of 61-47. The victory broke a string of two straight years in which the Minutemen lost at Forest.

    That streak appeared to have a good chance of being extended. Cav Todd tenPas hit two straight layups near the end of the first half to bring the Cavs within two points and the momentum seemed to be with Forest.

  • Staunton River boys fall to Amherst

    Amherst Head Coach Eddie Carter was facing a very long year. It took a trip to his old stomping ground to give him a boost.

    Carter, who the long-time former hoops coach at Staunton River, led his Lancers to their first Seminole District win of the season, topping the Eagles by the score of 58-49.

    However, it was a hard-fought victory. "That's the hardest win I've gotten in my lifetime," said Carter, who coached the Eagles throughout most of the 1990s.

  • Sorry, 'the surge' isn' really working

    Americans who continue to support the Iraq War are still a definite minority in this country, a status they've held since 2005. But they've been crowing quite a bit lately over the alleged success of "the surge," George W. Bush?s decision to send more troops there after the 2006 elections.

  • Republicans need a leader

    Hillary Clinton pulled out a narrow victory over Barack Obama in New Hampshire last week. Both campaigns remain well financed and competitive and it appears unlikely that anybody will have a headlock on the "Democratic" nomination after the Feb. 5 mega primary.

  • Smoking in restaurants has some legislators fired up

    Former Roanoke Senator Brandon Bell is no longer in the legislature to champion his fight against the sharing of second-hand smoke, but there are apparently plenty of others willing to carry on his cause.

    Governor Tim Kaine has made banning smoking in restaurants a major priority this year and legislators have lit up the legislative agenda with bills against smoking. No less than 11 bills are in the hopper with cigarette smoking in the cross hairs.

    In most cases, the legislators need to just butt out.

  • Letters

    Each year I and my family make a trip to Bedford to see the Christmas lights display at Liberty Lake Park. We usually bring several vehicles, and plan on continuing this "tradition" for years to come.

    I have always been so amazed at the amount of time and effort those folks must put into the beautiful display, and I must say, this past Christmas, they truly outdid themselves. So on behalf of myself and my family, we thank each of you who work so hard to make our trip (and many others I'm sure) each year an enjoyable one. Please keep up the wonderful job.

  • Working together to save lives in Darfur

    Last year, I had the opportunity to travel as part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to the war-torn nation of Sudan and see first-hand, in Darfur, one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times. As a nation dedicated to freedom and the rights of the individual, the United States has a responsibility to speak out and act to prevent mass genocide from occurring.

  • Mexican trucks decrease safety and security

    The House of Representatives has voted to approve what is called the Omnibus Spending Bill. The vote was 253-to-154 to agree to a Senate amendment that added ten appropriations measures to the Foreign Operations bill. The amendment provides a total of $515 billion in spending, including over $32 billion for foreign aid. Although, some of the spending provisions included in the Omnibus are worthy, I voted ?No,?

  • Senator Webb sums up first year in office

    This month rounds out Senator Webb?s first full year in the U.S. Senate. Over the past 12 months, Webb has worked on issues that affect us internationally, nationally and here in Virginia. Senator Webb also serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Veterans Affairs, and the Joint Economic Committee.