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Today's News

  • New business offers pedicures, manicures and facials

    Although you would never guess it to look at her, Michelle Carter used to be a long-haul truck driver. She spent eight years driving 18-wheelers.

    "It's a rough job, but it's an interesting job," she commented.

    Now, she owns her own business, which provides pedicures, manicures and facials, among other things. It opened last month on Crenshaw Avenue, in the same building that houses Blue Ridge Fitness, across the street from the Duchess of Bedford.

    "I always kept my nails done while I was in the truck," Carter said, explaining why she started this sort of business.

  • Staunton River to entertain William Byrd

    You want drama? Come on over to Eagle Stadium this Friday night, and you’ll get a bellyful when Staunton River hosts William Byrd.

    First, there is the inherent rivalry between Staunton River and William Byrd. With the majority of the Eagle student body coming from the area bordering Vinton, the students of both schools are quite familiar with one another.

    Second, you have the impending move of Staunton River to the Blue Ridge. Will Byrd be of a mind to give the Eagles a welcome gift? Not likely.

  • River surprised by Cave Spring new look

    Staunton River showed up for its game at Cave Spring with run on the brain. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Cave Spring had experienced a quick metamorphosis, emerging as a pass-happy team.

    As a result, Staunton River suffered a 28-6 loss to the Knights, dropping the team to 0-2 overall (0-1 in the Seminole District).

    The Knights put up two quick touchdowns on the Eagles, as quarterback Josh Woodrum aired it out early and often during the first two Cave Spring possessions.

  • Rockbridge hits stonewall on Forest gridiron

    There were only two similarities between this year’s JF-Rockbridge game and last season’s version.

    First, the Cavs won both games. Second, Rockbridge scored 6 points in each contest.

    In the biggest difference, Forest’s one-point margin of victory last year was surpassed by 33, as the Cavs had their way with the Wildcats, 40-6.

    The game served to make several statements. Of primary notice, the Cav offense is for real. The 43 points it put up in last week’s game against Staunton River was not an anomaly.

  • District Volleyball ramps up

    Ready or not, the Seminole District volleyball season opens this Thursday night. Liberty will visit Staunton River while Jefferson Forest will head to Heritage. Both games are at 7:30.

    Certainly all three teams have question marks. While Rustburg looks to be the slight favorite to win the District, every Seminole squad has a shot. Certainly, Brookville lost a lot to graduation, but the Bees have developed a culture of winning over the past couple of years. That, plus some decent talent, should help them in their run.

  • Commentary--Local football dog days

    The timing of the high school football schedule is terrible.

    We were already two games into the season and we hadn’t even bid farewell to August.

    The season will be half over before the first day of Autumn (Sept. 21).

    With each team receiving a bye-week, regular season play wraps up on Oct. 31, just about the same time baseball’s World Series champ will be crowned.

    The reasons for the first game of the season being on Aug. 22 stem from the playoff system and the rest of the school year.

  • 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.