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Today's News

  • It’s not the time to rethink the Libya ban

    Protecting American citizens from terrorist threats both at home and abroad is a fundamental role of the federal government. However, despite Libya’s long history of unrest and ongoing terrorist threats coming from the country, the Executive Branch has proposed reversing a longstanding prohibition against Libyans entering the United States to work in aviation maintenance, flight operations, or to study or train in nuclear-related fields. This shift in policy is misguided and ignores reality.

  • Forest Fire Department has busy first quarter

    By Ryan Burnette-Lieutentant/PIO
    Forest Vol Fire Department

        The first quarter of the year has been extremely busy for Forest Fire Department.
        March brought 53 calls for service, the largest being a 25 acre brush fire on Old Cifax Road. First Quarter totals for calls were 139, up 21 calls from the first quarter last year.
        Members logged over 5,500 man hours this quarter responding to calls, training, public education, maintenance, fundraising, and administrative duties.

  • New report: Climate change worsening

    Those who would deny climate change – or “global warming” as it’s sometimes called – already have a tough job, but it just got harder with the release of a new United Nations report.
        The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has won the Nobel Prize for its previous work. “Things are worse than we had predicted,” said a co-author of the report, referring to the group’s work in 2007.

  • Obama does something right

        I’m always amazed when President Barack Obama actually does something right. It’s so out of character for him. I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then, and maybe that’s what President Obama has done in the midst of an otherwise incompetent, blundering foreign policy. Anyway, I have to give him credit for handling this situation well.

  • Seminole champ?

     

    It's a bit early for a coronation ceremony.  It's not, however, premature to take a fitting for the crown.

    And, in the case of Seminole District boys soccer, the noggin to be measuring appears to be the collective coconut of the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers.

    The lads in blue and white  topped Jefferson Forest by the score of 1-0 Friday night, and established a commanding lead over their archest of arch rivals in the hunt for the district title.

  • Brookville frosh zings JF and Liberty

     

    This year, the Seminole District softball scene seems to be about arms.  Pitching arms.  Good, young pitching arms.

    Nearly every team features a fireballing freshman or a stupendous sophomore in the pitching circle.

    Have no doubt about it:  Any Seminole team's hopes of a deep run will rely on the shoulder of the young lass pitching the potato.

    This past week made that fact abundantly clear.  Brookville topped Liberty behind the pinpoint pitching of its freshman ace

  • Commentary: Need a new team?

     

    We're one week into the baseball season, and I'm one week late in giving up on the Cubs.

    I could dedicate this column to going over just how terrible the Northsiders are.  But, you can easily discover that for yourself by flipping on the tube to WGN.

    I knew I was in trouble when nearly every baseball prognosticator had this to say about the team's upcoming season:  "2014 is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.  That's about all Cubs fans will have to celebrate this year."

  • Liberty boys soccer a' fire

     

    They say revenge is a dish best served cold.

    In the case of the Liberty boys soccer team, revenge was, indeed, gotten.  But the wait was a short one.

    A mere week after falling to the Staunton River Golden Eagles, the Minutemen picked up a hard-fought 3-1 win.  This time, the game was played at Minutemen Stadium.

  • Liberty baseball shaping up

     

    There's a big difference between winless and toothless.

    The Liberty baseball crew may be the former, but it is far from the latter.

    Things have slowly and steadily improved for a team which was rocked out of the gate.  Since that point, the Minutemen are putting things together, which has translated into vastly improved performance on the field.

    Now, the next thing the team needs to do is to figure out how to push those improvements into entries in the "W" column of the ledger.

  • JF picks up first Seminole baseball win

     

    It wasn't a "must-win" game.

    But, Jefferson Forest's visit from Rustburg had an awful lot riding on it.

    A loss to the Red Devils would have saddled the Cavs with a district mark of 0-3.

    A team might win the Seminole with three losses, but that would entail JF winning all nine of its remaining district dances.

    Any worries were put to rest as the homestanding Cavs tended to business, topping the Rusties by a score of 6-3.