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Today's News

  • Race makes the right so uncomfortable

    I’m always glad to give John Barnhart material for his “Conservatively Speaking” column. I sometimes think that if I didn’t, he’d have a hard time producing one most weeks.
        My column on the Michael Brown shooting certainly got a visceral reaction from some quarters. Barnhart’s predictable and knee-jerk response (pardon the redundancy) was expected.

  • It’s election time!

        It’s that time of year again! It’s election time! In less than eight weeks, Americans will head off to the polls to make the vital decision of who will fill seats and the House of Representatives and the Senate. All house seats are up for reelection as well as a third of Senate seats. In Virginia, Senator Mark Warner is being challenged by Ed Gillespie.

  • Be aware: Drive smart

    With temperatures coming down, it’s getting to be perfect weather for bicyclists, runners and those who just want a simple stroll to take to the streets and sidewalks.
        It’s a great chance to get some exercise, but everyone needs to be safe.
        September is Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month and DRIVE SMART Virginia and the Virginia Bicycling Federation have joined forces to make the roads safe for everyone who is out on them. The campaign encourages mutual respect on Virginia roadways.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Sports Commentary: New on the New

     

    At some point in a man's life, he's the New Guy.  The new kid at school or on the block or on a team.  The new guy at work or at church or at the old folks' home.

    Being the New Guy is a rite of passage, and we all go through it.  I understand there is a similar dynamic for the fairer sex but,  having no experience as a New Gal, I'll stick to what I know.

  • Young Eagles take flight

     

    Call it a rebuilding year.  Or, if you prefer, call it a reloading year.

    Either way, it will be a year of growth and opportunity for an extremely young Staunton River cross country team.

    The Golden Eagles got their first taste of competition for the 2014 year when they ran at Watson Farm, home of the Rustburg program.

    Under balmy conditions, Head Coach Joe Curcio sent out his minions against the likes of Brookville, E.C. Glass and the host Red Devils.

  • JF volleyball in the air

     

    Will this be a big year for the Jefferson Forest volleyball crew?

    Or, will the Lady Cavs play second fiddle to other teams in both the Seminole District and Conference 24?

    The lasses in black and red seem to have the talent.  That was on display last Thursday as they dispatched William Byrd in workmanlike fashion.

    The Lady Cavs also got a look at some potential Conference 24 competition, hosting Salem and E.C. Glass on Saturday afternoon.

  • JF seeks to go to 3-0

     

    There are plenty of players on Jefferson Forest who recall last year's stunning loss at Appomattox.

    What lessons those young men learned from that defeat will be clear when they get another crack at the Raiders, Friday night at Sabre Stadium.

    It might be easy to overlook the visitors.  In their first game of the season, the Raiders were dominated by Buckingham County, 20-7.  During that game, the Raiders were only able to manage a paltry 115 yards of total offense, with a mere 53 of those coming on the ground.

  • Eagles to fly to William Campbell

     

    When the VHSL released this year's football schedule, Staunton River's seemed to be a mixed bag.  On the one hand, the Eagles started out with a pair of tough games.

    On the other, what looked to be a potential salve sat on the Eagles' calendar in Week 3.  Well, William Campbell could be considered a salve if you're the type who puts Tabasco sauce on a burn.

    Staunton River will attempt to earn its first win of the season after getting a double whammy from Bedford County foes.

  • A Christmas-y homecoming

     

    The theme at Jefferson Forest was "Christmas."

    The student-section "Hype Platoon" was bedecked in Santa Hats.  Giant stockings festooned the stands.  Even the snack shack was decked out in Christmas lights.

    And, in that spirit, there was plenty of giving on the field of play.  By both teams.

    In the end, the Cavs took on the role of the Grinch, handing Staunton River a lump of coal for its efforts, 43-22.