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Today's News

  • Sports commentary: Buffaloed

     

    I have many friends who are fans of the Washington Redskins.

    As such, they are often asked for their opinion on whether the team's nickname should stay.  

    I wish I had such worries.

    My team is the Buffalo Bills.  Fans of that team have much bigger concerns.  Whereas my friends are worried about the long-term prospects of their team's last name, we Bills fans are more concerned with what's going to happen to our team's first name:  Buffalo.

  • Time to go after stripers

     

    DALE WILSON’S

    SML GUIDE SERVICE

    PHONE NO:  540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950

    www.captaindalewilson.com

     

    OVERVIEW:   Fishing conditions should start to improve as the days become shorter.. Water temperature will be in the upper 70’s to the lower 80’s. Most bass will feed at night , early morning and late afternoon this month. Fishing for stripers will be good.

  • And so it begins

     

    Technically, it's still summer.

    But on three county school campuses, it felt an awful lot like autumn.

    That's because football fever is in the air.  Fueled by the opening of formal practice sessions, the gridirons of Liberty, Jefferson Forest and Staunton River are open for business.

    Staunton River and Jefferson Forest opened two-a-day sessions on Thursday morning.  Liberty began its double sessions on Monday.

  • Vinton man still missing after boat collision

    Conservation police officers with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) are searching Smith Mountain lake for Ronald Lemons, 73, of Vinton, who remains missing after a Thursday night boat collision.

    According to Lt. Chris Thomas, of DGIF, Henry Brown, 64, Donald Schlosser, 64, and a 17-year-old male, all of Greesnboro, North Carolina were aboard a 37-foot Chris Craft cabin cruiser trolling for stripers when their boat was struck by a 21-foot Trident bass boat with Lemons and James McCulloch III aboard.

  • Remembering a great liberal journalist

    2014 is a year of profound anniversaries of events that changed America for the better during the Civil Rights movement.
        It's the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, a brave and successful effort where young people from across the nation descended upon a primitive and dangerous place to help black residents achieve their right to vote.
        Their work did not end without tragedy, as three civil rights workers were murdered by local rednecks.

  • An invitation to connect on LinkedIn

    I was amazed when I read Rick Howell’s  Liberal Agenda last week. I never thought I was important enough to become the object of a political activist’s dirty tricks. It seems I was wrong, and I must say I’m very flattered. I came to that conclusion when Mr. Howell wrote that I had been “snooping around” on one of his social media accounts.

  • Here's to you, Ms. Robtison

     

    She came to us from the Keystone State.

    And back to Pennsylvania she's heading.

    Vanessa Robtison has resigned her position at Staunton River in order to accept the same job at a school in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

    Her formal resignation was accepted by the Bedford County School Board last Thursday.

    Robtison is a native of Pennsylvania, having graduated from Neshaminy High School (about a half hour north of Philly) in 2002.  

  • Before football, a spot of golf

     

    There were guys prowling the green grass of Forest.

    They were making big hits.  There was some grunting to be heard.

    Although they were playing golf, have no doubt about it:  These guys are all about the pigskin game.

  • New life for Big Island Post 217

     

    The dead walk among us!

    But, fear not.  There's no need to call out the CDC or the Zombie Response Unit.

    In this case, it's Big Island Post 217's American Legion senior baseball team playing the role of the walking undead.

    When last we left the Islanders, they were dealing with the fact they'd been eliminated in the District 10 playoffs, a 21-16 loss to Lynchburg Post 16.

    Lynchburg advanced to the finals, where it was topped by Danville.

  • Getting ready to get ready

     

    It was ever-so-faint.

    But, for those with a nose for such things, it was unmistakable:  The smell of football was in the air.

    True, we're a long way from those cool autumn months.

    We're still quite a ways from the opening games of the season (Aug. 29).

    But, we're on the cusp of formally prepping for that day.

    In fact, both Staunton River and Jefferson Forest open their two-a-day practice sessions tomorrow (July 31).