Today's News

  • Mrs. Virginia sees value in promoting the arts

        Julie Austin-Witcher, Mrs. Virginia, has a heart for art.

        A Huddleston native and Staunton River High School graduate,  Austin-Witcher earned her bachelor’s degree in theater at Lynchburg College and serves on the board of directors for Little Town Players (LTP). She played the office drunk in LTP’s recent production of 9 to 5, a musical.
        “My bit was very comical,” she said.

  • Dissecting ObamaCare

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce gave local businesses a chance to hear from someone who has actually read President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

  • Leaving "The Nest"


    They'll be playing different sports and they're  all heading in different directions, but they're all flying high.

    Three Staunton River athletes announced their intentions to attend college, pursue academic excellence and participate in intercollegiate athletics.

    Carol Rice, Lillian Garrecht and Brie Holdren announced those intentions to family and friends at separate celebrations near the end of Staunton River's school year.

  • Upcoming key football dates


    Most folks already know that the first games of the season take place on Friday night, August 30.  That's when Liberty will host Staunton River while Jefferson Forest will entertain Halifax County.

    Between now and then, though, there are plenty of proceedings to preoccupy and pique your pigskin passions.

    All three local teams issued equipment earlier this week.  They also held meetings with parents and players, got release forms signed and got everything in place for the kick-off of practice.

  • Commentary: Welcome back


    It would appear that the Steroids Era is back from the grave.  

    But absent the fun that came with it.

    The Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun seems to be the latest Major League ball player who couldn't resist steroids' siren call.

    These days, big-name players are getting hit with big-time penalties.  Braun will sit out a 65-game stint, making him useless to the Brewers for the rest of the season.

  • The long drought is over

    It is as rain to the wilting crop; blankets to the winter sleeper; deep-dish pizza to NJ Governor Chris Christie.
    It is football to the crazed fans of our fair county.
    The three month pigskin potlatch, football fiesta and gridiron gorge-out gets underway for local squads this Friday.
    In fact, all three teams will be staying in the county for their openers.
    The marquee game, of course, features Staunton River heading to Liberty. The Eagles will attempt to top the Minutemen for the second time in three years.

  • House passes my bipartisan bill to protect jobs

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


  • The House has acted to suspend mandates in the president’s health care law 

    By Congressman Rober Hurt

  • Student success starts locally

    Nothing is more important to America’s future than ensuring a high-quality education for our nation's children.

  • People should learn: Live and let live

    I’m not about to get into a weeks-long back and forth about the Bible, Scripture, “fulfilling the law,” and other such religious stuff.
        I write about politics and government. My own religious beliefs are my personal business and I don’t see political activity as a religious crusade, as the “Christian conservatives” do.