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Today's News

  • Wood ministry catches fire

        Main Street United Methodist Church’s wood ministry is ready for its 13th year of helping people keep warm.

        According to Roger M. Layne, who heads up the ministry, volunteers will be working from a wood pile that is 65-feet long, six-and-a-half feet high and 17 rows wide. Each row is between 15 and 18 inches long.

  • Sweet sound of pads poppin'

     

    The long march continues for the local football prepsters.

    This past weekend, the three schools had their first taste of scrimmage action.

    We got to see two of the teams up close and personal.  The other will be seen next week, if all goes according to plan.

    This past Friday night, Staunton River played host to Prince Edward and Halifax.  We hit those matchups as Jefferson Forest headed to Rockbridge County. 

    On Saturday, we got to check out Liberty, as the Minutemen entertained Spotswood and Dan River.

  • Photo of the week: by Jay Sheaffer
  • River has new soccer coach

     

    Staunton River announced the hiring of Kristopher McCoy as its new boys soccer coach.

    McCoy's hiring was approved by the Bedford County School Board during one of its summer sessions.

    He moves into a position which has been defined by its transience:  McCoy becomes the seventh man to head up the Staunton River boys soccer program in the past eight years.

    In contrast, Jefferson Forest has had the same head coach, Jedd Zaring, since 1993.

  • LH netters ready to rock

     

    Liberty volleyball returns after a season that was a great improvement over previous years. Under Amanda McCoy's head coaching, the team was able to secure wins throughout the season and in tournament play and landed four players on All-Conference, All-District and All-Region teams. 

  • Sports commentary: Things I've learned

     

    Well, the school year cranked up last week, believe it or not.  Yep, we were barely halfway through August and the kiddos were heading to schools.

    I really don't have a vested interest in when the schools get cranked up, but the early start is puzzling.  At least to me.

    After all, why would you want the kids in school during the hottest part of the year?  Doesn't that mean cranking up the air conditioning?  At my house, at least, you have to pay money for that luxury.

  • Former teacher faces charges

        A former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery of students while he was working at Montvale Elementary School.
        The incidents allegedly occurred in 2011 and 2012 during gym classes at the school.

  • Our commonsense plan for a stronger economy and a brighter future 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    NBC News and the Wall Street Journal recently revealed the results of a nation-wide poll, which found that more than 70 percent of Americans believe we as a nation are headed in the wrong direction.  With the unemployment rate in many Fifth District localities remaining above the national average and a national debt exceeding $17 trillion, this comes as no surprise.  More than ever before, Americans need solutions.

  • House acts to curb border crisis

    Over the last month, the flow of Central Americans attempting to enter the United States along the southern border has not stopped. Young children and teenagers, as well as their family members and other adults, continue to arrive on American soil in violation of the law. In fact, 85 percent of those apprehended illegally crossing our borders now are not unaccompanied minors. Since our immigration laws are so loosely enforced by the Obama Administration, they come here believing that they will be able to stay.

  • Sustainable Agriculture

    By Richard H. Ruff
    Goode

        There’s a new buzz-word going around in the country called sustainable farming.
        There can only be one definition of sustainable agriculture. The operator generates enough income to support a family off the land without off-farm income or farmer’s welfare while maintaining the soil fertility, the fences and keeping a young productive herd of livestock plus reducing his debt load.