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CB runs by another opponent

CB runs by another opponent

The Colonial Beach Drifters seemed to have mastered the “ground and pound” approach to football. Led ...

Injured vets honored after bus breaks down on way to event

Injured vets honored after bus breaks down on way to event

Colonial Beach’s effort to honor two dozen injured soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center lit...

Ex-chief sues town for $400K

Ex-chief sues town for $400K

Former Colonial Beach Police Chief Kenneth Blevins, Sr. has filed suit in Westmoreland County Circui...

Inn at Montross has new lease on life

Inn at Montross has new lease on life

The historic brick building at 21 Polk St., Montross, has been many things.  

The original build...

Rain can’t dampen fun for AARP

Rain can’t dampen fun for AARP

The 2014 annual AARP Chapter 3195 picnic was moved inside the American Legion Post 89 Building this ...

Officials: Locals need to toughen land use rules

Officials: Locals need to toughen land use rules

Two state officials and other panelists told more than 100 audience members localities need to stren...

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KG seeks best bang for tourism bucks

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
KG seeks best bang for tourism bucks

King George Director of Economic Development Linwood Thomas has been tasked with coming up with ideas for the use of $42,000 toward some tourism efforts, as well as to consider how future annual amoun...

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Colonial Beach

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High cost dooms local event

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
High cost dooms local event

Money was the driving factor for the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce’s decision to discontinue hosting the Liberty Cup portion of the UWP-IJSBA Watercross  National Tour Jet Ski races.

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Westmoreland

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Inn at Montross has new lease on life

Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Inn at Montross has new lease on life

The historic brick building at 21 Polk St., Montross, has been many things.  

The original building, constructed on the site in the late 17th century, first was Minor’s Ordinary and then Spence Ta...

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Sports

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CB runs by another opponent

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
CB runs by another opponent

The Colonial Beach Drifters seemed to have mastered the “ground and pound” approach to football.
Led again by Lamar Lucas, the Black and Gold ran over, around and past the Franklin Broncos for 405 yard...

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Teresa M. Martin

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Teresa M. Martin, 57, of Paden City, WV died Saturday, August 30, 2014 as the result of an automobile accident in King George, VA.

 Teresa was born May 8, 1957 in New Martinsville, WV, daughter of...

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Antiques Considered - September 17, 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Antiques Considered - September 17, 2014

This week we have a set of Limoges plates and a Rose Medallion teapot.  The plates include a large cake plate and 12 individual plates, all marked J. Pouyat, Limoges.  All are in excellent c...

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Hall of Fame process needs work

It’s hard to argue with the Hall of Fame selection committee’s choices for the Class of 2011. The problem I have is should there be a time, say the first five years where they choose more than five inductees for enshrinement in the hall? After all, NASCAR held its first races in 1947. That’s sixty-three years ago. Sixty-three years of racing history.
The sport is very late in establishing a Hall of Fame; they have a lot of catching up to do. Many of the sport’s pioneers have passed on. Many very talented drivers,

mechanics and team owners who built the foundation for what the sport has become today are gone. The early drivers and mechanics did not make the big bucks that are standard for today’s drivers, crew chiefs and engineers. They did not have agents and public relations flaks to promote their exploits and keep their names in the papers.
When a young Darrell Waltrip signed a big bucks contract to drive for DiGard Racing in 1975, it was a major event in the sport. Prior to that most drivers were hired on a handshake basis, made a modest living, and tried their best to think that serious injuries were something that only happened to the other guy. Many of these talented drivers have passed on. Many died broke.
Who speaks for the late great early heroes of the sport? It seems they need a special committee to research, recommend and promote the induction of these sports pioneers. I was pleased to see the selection of Lee Petty, and Ned Jarrett to the 2011 class, but there are not many fans and members of the media who actually saw the old timers in action. If it wasn’t on speed channel, forget about it.
It seems there should be a separate seniors category to induct a specific number of worthy participants who were active in the sport prior to 1970. I was struck by Ned Jarrett’s comments that he was inspired to pay particular attention to his health since the Hall of Fame was established, because he hoped to be alive to be inducted into the Hall.
That is a powerful statement about the importance of the Hall of Fame to the participants and their families. Ned Jarrett made it; under the present system many worthy candidates may not. Even from a selfish standpoint on behalf of the Hall of Fame how can you have a Stock Car Hall of fame without Tim Flock, Herb Thomas, Smokey Yunick, Curtis Turner, Wendell Scott, Glenn and Leonard Woods, Carl Kiekhaefer, Raymond Parks, Red Byron? And the list goes on and on. Bobby Allison made the cut this year, but what about Fred Lorenzon, Cale Yarborough, and Darrell Waltrip? Is Bobby Isaac, a dirt poor, small town youngster who could barely read and write but grew up to become the sports 1970 champion Hall worthy?
There is so much fascinating history, and the sport is so far behind the curve in getting a Hall of Fame established, it seems they are cheating the Hall of Fame itself and the public by not having more of the legends of the sport there for the public to learn about. Once a realistic representation of the giants of the sports are enshrined in the Hall, then perhaps five to seven inductees a year would make sense. At the present rate of five inductees a year, many of us may not see our heroes inducted in our lifetimes, particularly those of us who are a bit old and creaky and have followed the sport for many years.
In case you missed it, here is NASCAR’s announcement of the 2011 Hall of Fame Class: The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing announces today the second class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The class consists of David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, and Bud Moore.
The Hall of Fame voting panel consists of members of the nominating committee, along with 31 others from all facets of the industry. The class was determined by 53 votes cast by the panel and the nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com. The class will be officially inducted in a ceremony on May 11, 2011 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte N.C.
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