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Today's News

  • Sports commentary: A short story for you

     

    In honor of the Staunton River boys basketball team, I'll keep this column short.

    You're probably thinking two things:  "Thank goodness!" and "What does the Staunton River boys basketball team have to do with you being merciful to us poor readers?"

    Glad I had you thinking that (even if you weren't).

    There's no way to avoid a direct answer here.  The brevity of this column is reflective of the shortness of that particular team.

  • Girls hoops roundup

     

    Radford University knew what they were getting when they invited Jefferson Forest's Amber Evans to walk onto the team next year.

    The Highlanders knew they were getting a tall player with a nose for the hoop as well as a soft outside shooting touch complemented by fine ball-handling skills.

    What they likely were not attuned to, however, is the senior's toughness.

    That was on display big time during Jefferson Forest's 51-47 loss to Heritage.

  • Shattered!

     

    The Liberty Minutemen had every right to mail it in when they hosted E.C. Glass Friday night.

    But the same Liberty team which lost to the Hilltoppers earlier this season by 21 points took it to Glass.

    The M-Men showed up in a way that was forceful, together and precise in its execution.

    As a result, Liberty took care of the high-flying Glaziers, winning in overtime by the score of 65-64.

  • Winter Storm Warning in Effect: VDOT Prepared

    With snowfall in southwest Virginia expected to begin before dawn this morning and continue into the evening, the Virginia Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to avoid unnecessary travel today until after the storm passes and road conditions improve.

  • Reaching out to you

    Each year my office hears from thousands of constituents from the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. As your representative, an important part of my job is finding various ways to reach out to you, respond to your questions, seek suggestions on legislative activities, and hear your opinions. In 2013, I sent over 59,000 responses to constituents who contacted my office by phone, e-mail, fax, or postal mail. My office also helped constituents with thousands more individual cases.

  • Crawling out of the pit

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody were to say to me, “Things can’t get any worse,” I would reply, “Oh yes they can!” This sort of “optimism” defines what I expect from the Obama administration’s behavior this year.
        One ray of light that’s been poking through this cloudy outlook is the U. S. economy. In spite of President Barack Obama’s best efforts to kill it, our economy is slowly crawling out of the pit it fell into six years ago.

  • Don’t forget about your pets

    We all want to stay warm. Last week reminded us of that.
        But as we prepare for the next blast of winter weather, it’s important that we also remember to have a plan to keep our pets warm.
        After all, they are counting on us to take care of them, especially if they are outdoor dogs or cats.
        To help keep your entire family safe and warm, the American Red Cross and the Humane Society suggest a number of winter safety reminders for both you and your pets.

  • Senate looks at weekend jail sentencing

    By Eric Luther
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND -- A new bill aiming to amend and reenact the Code of Virginia requirements allowing individuals guilty of misdemeanors and certain nonviolent felonies to serve nonconsecutive jail sentences has been proposed by Sen. William Stanley Jr., R-Moneta.
        Senate Bill 167 seeks to remove a code provision stating a criminal sentence of nonconsecutive days only be issued on the basis of allowing a convicted individual to retain employment.

  • Moneta man sentenced for sexual assault of girl

        A 19-year-old Moneta man, who has maintained his innocence since being arrested, will spend two years in prison for having sexual contact with a minor girl under the age of 13 years old.
        But the attorney for Howard Jamar Witcher stated during a sentencing hearing Tuesday that he plans to appeal the conviction.

  • JFHS student marches with All-American band

        Amanda Arnold, a Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) senior, was selected for a special honor for high school band students.  She was one of 125 high school band students from all over the United States chosen for the US Army All-American High School Marching Band.