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November 14, 2013 The Stroller - Stroller
November 14, 2013 Letter: Betsy Ashbrook - Opinion

Say 'Merry Christmas'

Here it is, the Christmas season is almost upon us. This is the season of gifts, families and good food. More importantly, it is the season when we remember and thank our Lord Jesus Christ for coming to Earth as a newborn baby in Bethlehem.
November 14, 2013 Letter: George H. Foster - Opinion

Paper ballots still best

I believe it is time that we return to paper ballots. The present electronic balloting system is controlled by a computer program. We cannot, personally, be sure that our vote goes to the candidate of our choice.
November 14, 2013 OPINION: Soccer teams bring excitement to fall season - Sports
The clocks have been turned back an hour, the leaves are falling and the days and nights are getting colder. That leads me to believe that winter is right around the corner.

With prep and college basketball games already starting, it’s evident that a change of seasons is upon us. But before I switch my attention to the winter season and the surprises it may bring, I’m not quite done remembering the fall.

After all, I still have a little more than a month before it’s officially winter.

There’s no denying football in the fall is what excites most sports fans. I do love football, but I prefer a more traditional use of the word — the football that is played only with the feet.

November 14, 2013 AREA ROUNDUP: Bassett's Akers to play in all-star game in Florida - Sports

Also: Piedmont Shootout set for this weekend

Bassett High School senior linebacker Ryan Akers was named an offensive-defensive All-American while attending a football camp this summer and was invited to participate in the 8th annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place a the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Akers was selected for this honor from a group of over a thousand athletes. The All-American Showcase is part of a week-long series of events, and the all-star game showcases 88 of the top high school seniors in the country. The game has featured current NFL players Cam Newton, Carlos Dunlap and Dez Bryant.

Akers was third on the team this year in solo tackles with 63 and led the team with 40 assists. He also recovered one fumble, had one sack, and recorded four tackles for a loss.

November 14, 2013 Obamacare: Sign-up numbers lag - News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting a statistic on disappointment, the Obama administration revealed Wednesday that fewer than 27,000 people signed up for private health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on a problem-filled federal website.
November 14, 2013 Purdy's death ruled a homicide - News
Vicky Harbour Purdy’s death has been ruled a homicide, according to Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton.

“We are definitely dealing with a homicide,” Overton said Wednesday afternoon.

However, he said the cause of Purdy’s death is not being released.

Overton did say the search continues for Ricky Dodson of Bassett.

Dodson, whose 54th birthday was Oct. 31, last was seen in early October, around the same time Purdy last was seen alive, according to authorities.

November 14, 2013 International students on the rise at Carlisle - News
The number of foreign students at Carlisle School’s Martinsville campus has more than doubled in the last three years.

“The mission here (at Carlisle) is global thinking,” said Jenna Martin, the school’s international student affairs coordinator.

The 38 international students out of a total student population of 364 on Carlisle’s Martinsville campus are from Uganda, Sweden, China, Finland, Korea, Japan, India, Germany and Australia, school officials said.

November 14, 2013 City council: Expenses lower than expected - News
City officials did not spend as much money in the past fiscal year as they thought they would, Martinsville City Council learned Tuesday.
November 14, 2013 New obesity guidelines issued - News

Physicians to target weight-loss strategies

ATLANTA (AP) — Next time you go for a checkup, don’t be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight.

The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds.

Doctors should calculate your body mass index, a weight-to-height ratio. And if you need to lose weight, they should come up with a plan and send you for counseling.

November 14, 2013 BREAKING NEWS: Stuart man dies in accident - News
A Stuart man died Thursday after his car struck a utility pole, went down an embankment and overturned in a river, according to a release from the Virginia State Police.
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