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Today's News

  • The true roots of partisanship

        Political observers of all stripes agree that politics in America today is bitterly divided. Many see this as a danger to the health of our republic.

        But is it, really? Or are today’s partisan fights simply the natural split between two parties and two very different philosophies?

  • Blowing rhetorical smoke

        I noticed that Rick Howell was at it again in last week’s “The Liberal Agenda” column, portraying conservatives as a bunch of well-heeled folks motivated by a desire to protect their bottom line. He characterized TEA party activists as “a lot of people with six-figure salaries who have done well in this country and who ought to have the decency to pay their taxes without whining about it.”

  • Golden Eagles storm back to top Minutemen in soccer

    A ho-hum affair turned into a rockin’ and sockin’ good time at Minutemen Stadium.

  • Error prone Eagles fall to Minettes in softball

    If only earned runs counted, Staunton River would have notched a 1-0 win over Liberty.

    The pesky rules, however, state that all runs count, earned or otherwise.

  • Unbeaten at the district midpoint

    Halfway through its Seminole slate, the Jeff Forest baseball team sits exactly where it hoped it would:  unbeaten in district play.

  • Lasses fight to scoreless tie

    Defense was the name of the game, as Staunton River hosted Liberty in girls soccer.

  • Sports commentary: Ticket mania

      The wife and I are heading to Chicago this summer.

  • Two Liberty HS teams to make trip to Odyssey world championship

    Two Liberty High School (LHS) teams are headed for the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship, to be held at Michigan State University this year from May 26 through May 30. It’s a real world championship; more than 30 countries will send teams.

  • Autism awards

    Commonwealth Autism Service honored Shannon Valentine and Leigh Drewry at an event at the Bedford Welcome Center, for their work on autism.

        Valentine served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006 through 2009. According to Commonwealth Autism, Valentine was the catalyst of a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) report about services for Virginians with autism. Drewry, a lawyer, has been helping people with autism for 20 years and advocates for training attorneys and court services personnel.

  • New Food Lion opens in Moneta

    Moneta’s new Food Lion opened its doors April 21.

        That was a Wednesday, but Store Manager Mike Novitsky had his work cut out for him before the first customer came in. That’s because there wasn’t a single item in the store Monday morning. This is because produce and meat has to be fresh. Novitsky said that Food Lion has a system for stocking a new store quickly.

        “It’s non-stop hard work, but everything falls into place,” he said.