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Today's News

  • Lady Eagles soar above County

    Jefferson Forest picked the wrong night to host the Golden Eagles.

    The Staunton River girls' basketball team came out with a vengeance and systematically dismantled their county counterpart squad from Jefferson Forest.

    The Lady Eagles could do no wrong, as all aspects of their game were hitting on all cylinders. A team that has allowed teams to linger and make games close looked more like a team that wanted to throttle the opposition.

    "We came out with a point to prove," said Eagle Head Coach Kim Jones. "We wanted to show we can be at the top."

  • Letters

    What is Medicare Advantage?

    As you know the open enrollment for Medicare Part D ended December 31. Whatever Medicare Part D plan in which you are now enrolled, you must remain until the next open enrollment which will take place November 15 - December 31. At that time you may select a new Part D plan for 2009.

    However from now until March 31 you may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Or you may switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. But you cannot switch from Medicare Advantage back to Traditional Medicare and a Part D plan.

  • Holding the line on spending

    The nation continues to face serious budgetary challenges and it is time we take control of spending instead of letting it control the Congress. Government programs have continued to expand while the amount of money available to spend has not kept pace. It is common sense to American families that they cannot spend more than they have - yet far too frequently, this fundamental principle has been lost on a Congress that is too busy spending to pay attention to the bottom line.

  • Virginia lawmakers should have the sense to recognize the killing of an unborn child as a punishable offense

    Feticide is again being considered in Virginia.

    The recent North Carolina case in which North Carolina Marine Cpl. Armando Laurean, 21, is being sought in connection with the death of an eight-months pregnant fellow Marine serves as a reminder of the need for a feticide law in the commonwealth.

  • General Assembly workdays get progressively longer

    Frigid temperatures, high winds, rain and even a snowflake or two meant that winter had arrived in Richmond this week. But as regular readers of this column know, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, the business of the General Assembly continues at a brisk pace.

  • Family Research Council gives Goode 100% rating

    Again this year, I was honored to be named to receive the Family Research Council (FRC) Action’s True Blue Award. The award is presented annually to members of Congress who cast votes that demonstrate that they are “consistent, stalwart allies of American families.” The FRC gave me a 100 percent rating on the votes that it tracked in the first session of the 110th Congress.

  • Yes, Virginia is up for grabs this fall

    For many years Republicans have taken comfort in the dependable idea that Virginia will always vote GOP in presidential elections.

    Obviously, there's plenty of evidence for that. Here, one has to trot out the old familiar fact that no Democrat has carried the state since 1964.

  • Fixating on the past

    I wonder what sort of calenders the folks out on political far left use? Last week's The Liberal Agenda made me wonder if Rick Howell thinks it's still 2007.

    Mr. Howell tried to convince us that the troop surge in Iraq isn't working, even though everybody else is saying otherwise. Even "Democratic" leaders in Congress have gotten quiet about the surge and "Democratic" presidential candidates have moved on to other issues.

    Whether or not the surge would accomplish anything was still open to question last summer. The troop surge had just reached full strength.

  • Crews work round-the-clock to keep city roads clear

    What turned into a day off of school for area teachers and students last Thursday was anything but that for the crew at the Bedford Public Works Department.

    A snow day for those workers means long hours and plenty to do until the roads are clear and the bad weather is gone.

    "It's organized chaos," states D.W. Lawhorne, Bedford's superintendent of public works, on the snow removal process. Lawhorne said there's a plan in place prior to the snow but once it starts, the plan has to adapt to conditions, problems and needs.

  • Stuanton River community deals with death of SRMS student

    Snow days are not something school principals look forward to. Too many of them can create a problem with the academic year. However, Linwood Roberts, Staunton River Middle School's principal, felt that closing the school Thursday and Friday was a blessing this time.

    Roberts said that, when school opened Monday, not all the students knew that one of their classmates had died the weekend before. News of Brandon Wheeler's death was an emotional shock to them.

    "They are taking it hard," Roberts said. "He had a lot of friends. So, it's been a hard time here."