Today's News

  • Robbery nets felony convictions

    The haul that three men got from robbing the participants at a poker game, last spring, consisted of some cigarettes, less than $1,000 in cash and 18 felony convictions.

  • Arrests made in shooting



    Three people have been charged with their involvement in a shooting on Thaxton School Road Jan. 2, including a mother and her daughter.

    This week Deepraj Islam Khan, 19, formerly of Forest, Sandra Faye Campbell, 46, of Thaxton, and her daughter, Amanda Lynn Campbell, 18, of Thaxton were each charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Commentary - Natives and C'meres

    I write this as a C'mere.

    There are two kinds of people in our area: Those that were born here and those that located here from elsewhere. In Richmond, all transplants were known as "C'meres," a contraction of "Came here," as opposed to "born here." (And, no, those folks are not known as "B'rneres." They are just plain Richmonders.)

    I haven't heard the C'mere term used here. However, for the sake of simplicity, I'd like to use it in pointing out the differences between locals and transplants when it comes to sports.

  • Dix leads way for Lady Cavs over Liberty

    It was Mandy Dix's night as Jefferson Forest easily handled Liberty on the Minettes home court a week ago, Tuesday. Dix played her heart out and Liberty was unable to answer her slashing drives in the middle.

    Dix made Liberty pay for her aggressive play. Seemingly every time Dix drove the paint, it resulted in either a layup or a foul. Throughout the third quarter, and into the fourth, she hit nine straight free throws, two layups and a turnaround, quick jumper, turning a nine point halftime lead into an insurmountable 20 point gap.

  • Lady Eagles soar above County

    Jefferson Forest picked the wrong night to host the Golden Eagles.

    The Staunton River girls' basketball team came out with a vengeance and systematically dismantled their county counterpart squad from Jefferson Forest.

    The Lady Eagles could do no wrong, as all aspects of their game were hitting on all cylinders. A team that has allowed teams to linger and make games close looked more like a team that wanted to throttle the opposition.

    "We came out with a point to prove," said Eagle Head Coach Kim Jones. "We wanted to show we can be at the top."

  • Letters

    What is Medicare Advantage?

    As you know the open enrollment for Medicare Part D ended December 31. Whatever Medicare Part D plan in which you are now enrolled, you must remain until the next open enrollment which will take place November 15 - December 31. At that time you may select a new Part D plan for 2009.

    However from now until March 31 you may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Or you may switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. But you cannot switch from Medicare Advantage back to Traditional Medicare and a Part D plan.

  • Holding the line on spending

    The nation continues to face serious budgetary challenges and it is time we take control of spending instead of letting it control the Congress. Government programs have continued to expand while the amount of money available to spend has not kept pace. It is common sense to American families that they cannot spend more than they have - yet far too frequently, this fundamental principle has been lost on a Congress that is too busy spending to pay attention to the bottom line.

  • Virginia lawmakers should have the sense to recognize the killing of an unborn child as a punishable offense

    Feticide is again being considered in Virginia.

    The recent North Carolina case in which North Carolina Marine Cpl. Armando Laurean, 21, is being sought in connection with the death of an eight-months pregnant fellow Marine serves as a reminder of the need for a feticide law in the commonwealth.

  • General Assembly workdays get progressively longer

    Frigid temperatures, high winds, rain and even a snowflake or two meant that winter had arrived in Richmond this week. But as regular readers of this column know, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, the business of the General Assembly continues at a brisk pace.

  • Family Research Council gives Goode 100% rating

    Again this year, I was honored to be named to receive the Family Research Council (FRC) Action’s True Blue Award. The award is presented annually to members of Congress who cast votes that demonstrate that they are “consistent, stalwart allies of American families.” The FRC gave me a 100 percent rating on the votes that it tracked in the first session of the 110th Congress.