Today's News

  • Time for repairs

        The courthouse roof leaks and Sheldon Cash, director of public works, came before the supervisors with the result of the latest rebid to fix the problem.

        Cash said there are major leaks around the bell tower, which has had little done to it since the courthouse was built in the 1930s. The lowest responsible bid to correct the problem came in from Jamerson-Lewis Construction, of Lynchburg, at $637,000. Cash said $10,000 extra would be needed to replace the cupola in copper, as it now is.

  • Born to run

        In what will be the last tune-up before the run to State glory, thousands of athletes crammed Liberty University’s Tolsma Indoor Track field house for the Mid-Area Track Classic.
        The race, which was rescheduled after the threat of a January snowstorm, drew athletes from far and wide.  The majority of schools seemed to come from the 3A-West region, though there were schools as distant as Louisa County and Auburn.
        Some events drew upwards of 80 athletes to them.

  • JF tops Liberty in hoops finale

        If you’re only going to get six wins over the course of the regular season, it’s nice to have half of them come against your archrivals.
        Jefferson Forest followed up wins over Brookville with a season-ending topping of Liberty Monday night.
        The Cavs went on a 32-7 run over the last 12 minutes of play to end their regular season on a happy note, albeit with a record of 6-16.

  • Fourth straight title for Eagle grapplers

        Another tournament, another championship.
        Staunton River’s wrestling team earned the matching hardware for its Blue Ridge District championship, won last week.  The companion piece is the District 31 trophy, which the Eagles earned in convincing fashion this past weekend at Rockbridge County.
        The Golden Eagles have now been district or conference (or both) champions in each of the past four years.

  • JF wrestlers rock Conference 24

        There have only been two team trophies awarded to Conference 24 wrestling champs.  Both times, they’ve gone to Jefferson Forest.
        The Cavs claimed their second straight crown with a dominating performance on William Fleming’s mats.  The team punched finals tickets for 9 of its 11 wrestlers who competed.
    Team results
    1. Jefferson Forest    227.5
    2. William Fleming   153.0
    3. E.C. Glass          147.5

  • Sports commentary: Command-z!!!

        Many of us live in a "Command-z" world.
        Those of you who use Apple computing products are likely familiar with the term "Command-z."
        It refers to holding down the command button on your keyboard while hitting the key for the letter z.  That action immediately undoes what you'd previously done.

  • Ensuring working families can save for college

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


  • Combating human trafficking

    Many Americans don’t think of human trafficking as a problem in our country. The sale of children for sex sounds like something that could only happen in faraway places, but tragically it is happening right here in the United States every single day. Virginia is no exception. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Sadly, this immoral and criminal industry is also a profitable one. It’s estimated that child sex trafficking in the United States alone is a $9.8 billion industry.

  • Commentary: A tale of 2 towns

    By Patrick Ellis
    Goose Creek Studio

        “There are no distressed buildings downtown.” 
        This was Councilman Steve Rush’s response to a question put to candidates for town council concerning what the town was doing to address the large number of distressed buildings downtown.  I get it. 

  • General Assembly session moves toward crossover

    By Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Hard as it may be to believe, we are already over one-third of the way through the 2015 General Assembly session.  The deadline on bills came at the end of last week, and this year’s session will consider over 2,100 bills and over 400 resolutions.  That means the General Assembly will have to process an average of 55 bills every day we’re in session.