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Today's News

  • Cavs take a bye week

    Forest takes its 2-0 record into its bye week. But it won’t rest on its laurels. Instead, it’ll be getting ready for E.C. Glass, and the game against the Hilltoppers next Thursday.

    This past Monday, the Cavs were back in the weight room, under the watchful eyes of strength gurus Jeremy Hardison and David Carter.

    The two coaches have helped to make a noticeable difference in the Cavs this year.

    Most of the players look, and play, as though they lived the entire summer in the wight room.

  • Liberty to host Magna Vista

    All signs point to an easy Friday night for the Minutemen, when Magna Vista comes to visit.

    Liberty opened the season impressively, shutting out Western Albemarle, 33-0. After that win, the Minutemen were off for a week because of a scheduled bye. So, Coach Chris Watts and company have had a good amount of time to get ready for the Warriors.

    Magna Vista opened its season by falling to William Fleming, 28-7. The Warriors followed that loss with a 53-0 drubbing at the hands of Heritage last Friday night.

  • Letter

    I would like to invite all area gardeners, bakers and florists to enter their best fresh produce, canned produce and meats, baked goods, floral arrangements (fresh-cut or dried) in the 14th Annual Sedalia Country Fair food and floral competition, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 13.

  • Keeping perspective

    “Tough economic times” is a theme of the day.

    If your company has closed, flood or fire has wiped out all you own or your lost health has robbed you of your ability to work, this theme certainly is your reality. Higher prices at the gas pump and at the grocery store are common topics of conversation and each of us decides whether or not personal habits need adjusting and what changes to make. When faced with limited resources to fulfill wants and needs, individuals must make choices.

  • Keeping our communities safe from crime

    Reports estimate that gang membership has escalated to approximately 850,000 with 25,000 gangs operating in communities all across the country. Gang activity has been directly linked to the proliferation of illegal drugs, human trafficking, identification document falsification, violent maiming and assault, and the use of firearms to commit shootings and murders. Gang violence and activity is no longer confined to big cities; it has already spread to smaller cities and rural areas, such as the Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke and Lynchburg.

  • Bill ratifies House's commitment to veterans

    With only a handful of dissenting votes, the House of Representatives has passed the appropriations bill that covers Military Construction and Veterans Administration spending in the coming fiscal year. I voted for the bill. However, the leadership in the House turned its back on another opportunity to allow a vote on allowing the United States to extract and produce its own oil and natural gas resources.

  • For McCain, age will be a detriment

    As Sen. John McCain launches his fall presidential campaign after the Republican National Convention, he seems likely to face a number of hurdles despite what national polls may say at the moment.

    McCain’s long support of the war in Iraq, his 95 percent voting record with George W. Bush, and the idea that his presidency would represent “more of the same” of the current failed regime is going to be a lot to overcome in November.

  • Giants walked among us

    The past two years have seen the funerals of two giants who walked among us. Neither of them were celebrities or had their faces on the cover of national magazines. Nevertheless, they did a great deal of good.

  • This presidential election will provide historical results

    By the end of this week the campaign for the White House will be in full force and, assuming John McCain and Sarah Palin are officially nominated by the Republican Party this week, the result of the Nov. 4 election will be historic.

    The fact is, once all the votes are counted and the Electoral College results are certified, this nation will have either its first African-American president or its first woman vice president. That says a lot to just how far this nation has come.

    Consider the case of Barack Obama.

  • Cuccinelli running for attorney general

    Although most people's attention is focused on this year's federal elections, Virginia will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in 2009.

    Ken Cuccinelli, a state senator from Northern Virginia, wants to be Virginia's next attorney general. First, however, Cuccinelli, a Republican, must get his party to nominate him. As part of that effort, he showed up in Bedford on the day that the county's Republicans opened the doors of their headquarters on North Bridge Street.