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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Supermoons and Super-Parties

    By Hannah Steele

        Everyone likes to have a party. But what about a party where there is more learning and laughing than drinking and dancing?
        On August 10, the moon was as close to the Earth as it will be this year.  This closest approach of the moon to the earth is called a perigee.  2014’s perigee  resulted in the moon appearing much bigger and brighter than a normal full moon, thus giving it the title of supermoon.

  • The limits of American power

        In the wake of President Obama’s decision to launch American airstrikes in Iraq, it’s been common in the media to refer to him as “the reluctant warrior.”
        Well, that phrase describes him very well and we should be grateful. We should also remember that if the last president had been as reluctant, none of the mess in Iraq would exist as it does now.

  • E pluribus duobus?

     

        Peggy Noonan, in her column that appeared in the Wall Street Journal at the beginning of the month, speculated on the possibility that American society has become so divided that the United States may eventually split up. She cites our sharp divisions over issues, such as abortion, immigration, government regulation and ObamaCare.

  • Take responsibility

        Normally this back-to-school editorial challenges parents to take responsibility for their children’s education.
        They should. The more involved parents are, the more likely their children are to be successful in school.
        But students must take responsibility, too. And that’s the focus of this year’s exhortation.
        The time of sliding by needs to be dumped in the trash with those federally-mandated healthy lunches nobody wants to eat.