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Today's News

  • What’s best for everyone

    By Gov. Terry McAuliffe

        When I first made the decision to run for governor, I did so for a simple reason: I believed the knowledge and experience I have accrued from a lifetime in business could help me create jobs, grow and diversify our economy, and lead Virginia forward.

  • Same-sex marriage: Facts are stubborn things

        The legal drive for same-sex marriage is marching throughout the land, as the state of Oregon became, last week, the 13th state in a row where judges ruled laws banning it to be unconstitutional.
        Forces of religion that seek political influence – meaning what we’ve always called “the religious right” – remain opposed to same-sex marriage on purely religious grounds. They don’t seem to understand that American courts don’t work for organized religion.

  • The Chocolate King

        Ukraine was supposed to have a presidential election last Sunday. As I’m writing this at the end of the week, I don’t know how that came off. Odds are it happened in most of the country, but not in the Donetsk or Lugansk provinces, which voted to secede two weeks earlier. Kiev doesn’t recognize that vote, but it appears that the folks running the show in those provinces are determined to prevent a vote from happening there.

  • Hang in there!

        This is going to be an important week for Bedford County Public Schools, the Moneta and Body Camp communities and, most importantly, the children the school system serves.
        On Monday, the School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students. Then, next Thursday, June 5, the School Board will hold a special called meeting to discuss, and potentially vote, to close a school.

  • Schools reap rewards of promoting positive behavior

    A new initiative to promote positive behavior in Bedford County Public Schools is showing impressive results. And people are noticing.

    Recently, Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Robert Louis Harrison Jr. gave out awards to school administrators, praising them for their work through the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The goal of the program—in partnership with students, families and the school community—is to “create a safe, supportive and successful learning environment.”

  • There's nothing LAX-adaisical about these guys!

     

    It's the little train that could.

    Jefferson Forest High School's boys' lacrosse team has come a great ways since its humble beginnings.

    Starting out as a twinkle in the eye, growing as a part of the Forest Youth Athletic Association until splitting off to become a club sport at the high school, the team has really hit its stride this year.

  • Tennis, anyone?

     

     

    A nice season got even nicer.

    The Liberty girls' tennis team laid claim to the first-ever Conference 30 championship.  Not only that, the duo of Carly Richardson and Morgan Karnes took the title in doubles play.

    Their crown was also the first to bear "Conference 30" upon it.

    Of course, this is the first year of existence for the conference.  And, what a year for these Liberty ladies.

    They took the team title by cruising over Brookville, 6-2.

  • Record-breaking quartet

     

    Early during the Conference 24 outdoor track championships, the announcer at the E.C. Glass site let it be known that every event winner would establish a meet record.

    That's how it goes at an inaugural meet.

    While 34 meet records were set that day, the Jefferson Forest 4 X 800 team wasn't concerned about being one of them.  The team of Abby May, Madelynn Knight, Erin Saunders and Alyssa Shupe had its collective eyes on another prize:  a school record.

    That, and beating archrival E.C. Glass.

  • Minettes romp in Conference 30 track

     

    It may have been the first-ever Conference 30 championship but, for Liberty's girls team, it was the usual script.

    The Minettes used their great depth and proficiency across events to dominate the conference meet, hosted by Heritage last Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Girls results

    1.  Liberty        233.5

    2.  Heritage           137

  • River soccer girls nearly win title

     

    They came close, but they missed the brass ring.

    Have no fears, though: They'll still likely go far.

    Staunton River's girls' soccer team saw its aspirations of a Blue Ridge regular-season crown torched on the fields of Daleville.

    Specifically, the Lady Eagles were bounced by the Bots, 4-1.

    Fortunately, a get-well plan arrived in the form of Alleghany.

    Over the course of three nights, the Staunton River booters solidified their places in the district with a duo of wins over the Mountaineers.