Remembering Joshua Cantrell

Music, hayrides, watermelon eating contests and games spotlighted the High Noon celebration for Joshua’s Hope Sunday and the event missed most of the weather until late in the day when fog and rain moved into the area. The education charity remembers young Joshua Cantrell, the son and grandson of Travis and Alan Cantrell, sports legends […]

Local elections: May we live in interesting times

Local elections this year promise some interesting choices for voters as more and more candidates jump into races for the school board, board of supervisors and county offices. We have one candidate for sheriff claiming he is running because God told him to. He will need more than a claimed endorsement from the almighty to […]

Cops and teachers: Underpaid and under appreciated

Events this week remind of two professions that provide a great service for all of us and get very little in return when it comes to salary and benefits. The tragic shooting of four deputies in Buchanan County — with two dead, one clinging to life and the fourth in serious condition — should send […]

Latent racism at Radford University

It took five years for Radford University to strip an avowed racist’s name from one of its arts and music buildings. The university’s board of visitors voted Friday to remove the name of John Powell, a white supremacist in Virginia, from Powell Hall on the Radford campus. In 2005, history professor Richard Straw and his […]