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Today's News

  • Organized Labor launches 2017 campaign

        WILLIAMSBURG  ---   Your favorite liberal columnist is in this historic city for the Annual Virginia State Convention of the AFL-CIO. Here, we will endorse those we judge as the most “worker friendly” candidates for this fall’s General Assembly elections.
        All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for election this year, and Virginia Democrats have seen a dramatic surge in nominated candidates, due to “resistance” reaction to the Trump debacle in Washington, D.C.

  • Bear baiting

        President Donald Trump has signed a bill that codifies sanctions against Russia that Barack Obama had set by executive order. This means that they can only be repealed by Congressional action. President Trump had little choice but to sign the bill. It had passed by such huge margins that a presidential veto would have surely been overridden.

  • What would it buy?

        If you had $517,000 sitting around with nothing to do, what could you buy?
        A 3600 square foot waterfront home on Smith Mountain Lake with three bedrooms and four baths and a dock would be one option. That price was $479,000 for a listing this week.

  • Free Stroke Clinic aims to increase interest in competitive swimming

    Marty Ponder, JF’s head swim coach, launched his first Free Stroke Clinic on Aug. 2 at Miller Park in Lynchburg. The three-day clinic is a brainchild of Ponder, who was looking for ways to increase community interest in competitive swimming.

    “This is an idea I’ve had for awhile,” said Ponder. “My idea is to get more kids involved with competitive swimming throughout the area.”

  • Cavalier golf remains unstoppable

    Jefferson Forest’s golf team is off to a blazing start. The Cavaliers have rattled off three straight team wins, including five individual top-five finishers.

    The Cavs kicked off their season on Aug. 2 at the Spotswood Invitational hosted by Spotswood High at Lakeview GC in Harrisonburg, Va. The invitational hosted 15 teams, including JF.        

  • Talking toilets

        Toilets at Liberty High School’s (LHS) new baseball field were a major part of a presentation on the Liberty Middle School construction project.
        The project includes building a competition gym for the high school and the new gym is displacing the high school’s baseball field. A new high school baseball field is being built on a portion of the land purchased for the middle school.

  • Back to school

        School starts Monday for Bedford County Public Schools and various school division department heads presented the school board, Thursday night, with reports on the school division’s readiness for the new school year.

  • Extra Points: I survived my Airbnb stay

    What comes to your mind when you hear Airbnb?

    For me it’s: Potential death. Potential kidnapping. Horror stories used as plots in Criminal Minds episodes. PR nightmare. Allegedly doesn’t rent to minorities.

    Well, this past weekend I put my life at risk (yes, I’m dramatic) and stayed in my first Airbnb room. And although I am alive, it definitely was a unique experience to say the least.

  • Extra Points: 'Schooled' Review

    Small town life has rendered me a Netflix addict. And within my Netflix addiction, has developed a documentaries obsession.

    Since I’m a sports editor, my review will be about a sports documentary (non-sports documentary recommendation: The Imposter.) This past weekend, I struggled (you’ll see why) through Schooled: The Price of College Sports which is a documentary about why student-athletes should receive a salary.

    If I could rename this documentary I would call it: Schooled: When football players still find more to complain about.

  • Fike takes over as Eagles’ head wrestling coach

    Scott Fike always had a knack for coaching, even when he was still actively competing in high school and college.

    “Coaching is always been something I’ve done and wanted to do... I don’t really know anything different” Fike said. “When I was at Bridgewater (College) wrestling, I was helping with Turner Abby High School. Even when I was in high school, I’d come in and help with the little kids and do some camps.”