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The 2013 James River High School Girls Track Team won the Single A State Championship. This was an exciting season for everyone. The entire Botetourt/Roanoke area is proud of these girls and what they accomplished. Funds are currently being raised to pay for their state rings. Total cost of the rings is $750.00. To date, $300.00 has been collected. Contributions toward the cost of the rings can be sent to James River High School, Attn. Sheila Proffit. The address for the school is 9906 Springwood Road, Buchanan, VA 24060. Donations are tax deductible. Help show our girls how proud we are of them!!!
–submitted by Edward Hays
The Friends of the Buchanan Library will be hosting James Solomon, the author of The Murder of Sam Davis, on Dec. 12.
James Solomon, whose new book The Murder of Sam Davis, the most celebrated enlisted man killed during the Civil War has been critically praised in early reviews, will speak at the Buchanan Library on Thursday, December 12 at 2:00 pm.
On a promotional trip to Tennessee for the past couple of weeks, Solomon was the featured speaker at the150th anniversary of Sam Davis’s death, a three-day commemoration held at the hero’s boyhood home outside Nashville.
Hanged as a spy on November 27, 1863 at Pulaski, Tennessee, the 21-year old Confederate private was offered freedom in exchange for certain information just moments before ascending the scaffold.
“You, Sir, may hang me a thousand times and I would not betray a friend,” he declared.
Widely praised by Union soldiers who witnessed the execution and later by Southerners who rallied to the story, Davis was honored with statues on the capital grounds in Nashville and the courthouse square in Pulaski. Other memorials across the South abound.
A question and answer session, a reception and book signing will follow the author’s talk.
The author set up his own company, Sageesity.com, to publish the hardback, dust jacketed 342-page book.
A resident of Buchanan, Solomon earned his journalism degree from the University of Tennessee’s College of Communications.
–submitted by Susan Davis, President of the Friends of the Buchanan Library
Outlaws basketball is looking for 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in playing travel basketball. If you are interested, please contact Erik Dunn at 540-312-6754 or email@example.com. They will be hosting an open gym at Preston Oaks Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Outlaws basketball is a AAU program based in the Roanoke Valley with nearly 15 years of experience competing and winning at the local, regional, and national level. We field competitive teams who play with passion and intensity in pursuit of championships.
Submitted by Erik Dunn
Lord Botetourt High School is holding a book fair and student art show December 10-19, 2013 in the library. Come support the school library and art department! The Cavs Reads book club is offering free gift wrap if you want to do some holiday shopping.
Open Daily from 8:15am -4:15pm
Tuesday, Dec. 10th Boor Fair Open until 5pm and during the home basketball games
Thursday, Dec. 12th LBHS Winter Fine Arts Festival & Book Fair
Come hear the LBHS Band and Choir Perform and then come by the library to see LBHS student art work and shop at the book fair.
Refreshments will be served in the Library.
Book Fair & Art Show Open at 6pm and after the concert/ Concert starts at 7pm
Tuesday, Dec. 17th RMMS Band Concert will be held at LBHS
Book Fair will be open the hour before and after the concert, which starts at 7pm.
Mitch Hanson, Lord Botetourt Class of 2010, was selected 2nd Team All-Big South Conference as an offensive lineman. Mitch has started 23 consecutive games on the line, 22 at Right Tackle and one at Left Tackle, and was also recently named to the Capital One All-District All-Academic team. Mitch helped Liberty set a new program record with 36 rushing touchdowns, lead the Big South with fewest sacks allowed (14) and rank second in the Big South in rushing yards per play and first in passing efficiency. Liberty also clinched a share of the Big South Conference championship last Saturday with a 56-14 win over No. 16 nationally ranked Charleston Southern University. This is the third Big South Championship team for Mitch since joining LU in 2010.
Submitted by Paul Hanson