Today's News

  • Some Elks not happy with sale

        The recent sale of the Elks National Home is not sitting well with some long-time Elks who currently live at the Home.

        Bill McGuiness, who hails from Massachusetts, was the exalted ruler of the Elks Home Lodge. “Was” is the word.
        “We are closing down the Home Lodge,” said McGuiness. “If you don’t have a Home, you don’t have a Home Lodge.”

  • A 'Gala' run in Apple Valley



    The apples may all have been picked, but that doesn't mean Gross's Orchard couldn't still be a fruitful place.

    Last Saturday, the orchard served as the setting for the 16th annual Apple Valley cross country race, a 5K run which puts the harriers in as gorgeous a setting as they're likely to encounter.

    Among the Granny Smith, Stayman and Gala trees, the runners were treated to a crystal-clear view of the Peaks of Otter, as Mother Nature sent them nothing but sunshine.

  • 24 enough for 24



    We're still working our way through what the VHSL's new structure means and how it works.  Do districts matter?  Who is in what conference?  Is yours a north, south, east or west school?

    Well, one thing remains true, no matter how you slice and dice the new setup:  The best team gets the top prize.

  • Those Flying Flynns


    The Flynn Effect is a scientific term for the substantial and sustained increase in IQ test results.

    At Liberty High School, the same effect may be found in the substantial and sustained increase in cross country results.

    Liberty will be sending a solid contingent to this week's 3A-West championship.  Among that group will be the Flynn sisters.

    Kennedy and Kylene Flynn nabbed two of the top three spots in the Conference 30 qualifying championship last Tuesday, held at Falling Creek Park.

  • The table is set


    Sabre Stadium should be rocking on Friday night when Liberty and Jefferson Forest wrap up their regular seasons in a most meaningful game.

    Not only does the contest pit county rivals against one another, with the county championship on the line, the game will also determine a whole lot more.

    As both teams beat Staunton River earlier in the season, the champions of Bedford County will be decided in this game.

    While Bedford bragging rights are always nice, the bigger issue has to do with playoffs.

  • Sports commentary: Good sports


    The Word of the Day which popped up is "Dichotomy." 

    A dichotomy is a division of something into two mutually exclusive classifications.

    In this case, the dichotomy exists in my mind and it has to do with long-distance running.

    On the one hand, I've never been fond of that activity.  Whether it was during high school football or in the Army, the idea of running very far seemed senseless and cruel.

  • Eagles lose with class



    It's hard to lose while showing class.

    It's really hard to lose when it's to a district rival, such as Lord Botetourt.

    It's even harder to take when you're on the short end of a 47-10 score, as was Staunton River last Friday.

    But that's what the Eagles did.  Toward the end of the game, with the scoreboard reading 40-3, Staunton River showed scads of class.

    But first, we set the table for you.

  • Cavs on the bubble


    Better make that a table for three.

    E.C. Glass Ben Martin likes to take his wife, Darlene, out for a dinner at their favorite Lynchburg restaurant after a Glass win.

    The coach might be wise to invite Donnie Morgan Jr. along for this week's treat.

    The junior quarterback was a one-man wrecking crew, as he led the 'Toppers to a 21-0 win over Jefferson Forest.

    The win, at City Stadium, resulted in a switcheroo of playoff postures going into the final week of the season.

  • Liberty locks down playoff berth


    Going into Friday night's game, Amherst was the only Seminole District team to hold a winning record over Liberty this century.

    Indeed, in the 13 games prior to this one, the Lancers held a 7-6 edge.  When the dust settled Friday night at Minutemen Stadium, that distinction was lost.

    Liberty outmuscled and outraced the perennially powerful and speedy Lancers, 42-16.

    The game was nearly the polar opposite of last year's matchup, won by Amherst, 46-14.

  • Looking to the future: Putting in place meaningful reforms to Washington’s spending culture

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


    I am very grateful for the many Fifth District Virginians who contacted our offices over the course of the last several weeks as Washington once again proved that it is completely out of touch with the American people.