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Greetings from The Booth!

I will start by saying I hate writing about the non-sports side of sports. The reason I watch sports is to escape the problems of the everyday world. The problem is that the everyday world has found it’s way into sports, and I can’t tell the difference between the two. It’s to the point now that I rarely watch a sporting event unless it involves the Washington professional football team (usually not a pleasant experience) or my beloved WVU Mountaineers.

Speaking of the old Blue and Gold, the Mountaineers’ legendary Hall-Of-Fame basketball coach Bob Huggins is now in hot water for (twice) casually using a homophobic slur during a recent radio interview on Cincinnati’s 700 WLW. In case you don’t know the backstory, Huggins was once the coach of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, who had a fierce rival with Xavier, also located in Cincy. During the WLW interview, Huggins weighed in on the Xavier fans–you can look up what he said exactly–using the anti-gay term. Four hours later, “Huggs” released a statement of apology, and WVU said it was “reviewing the matter”

It now looks like there will be no firing of Huggins by the University. Instead, he will lose $1 million in salary, serve a suspension, and have to complete a sensitivity training course before he is allowed back on the sideline. Reaction on social media fan boards was mixed, with some wanting everyone to “move on,” while some wanted Huggins fired outright. Many thought the punishment amounted to no more than a slap on the wrist.

I love Bob Huggins. He bleeds Blue and Gold. But there is no good excuse for what he said, and Huggins admitted as much. Today’s coaches have to be aware of the day and age in which we live. That being said, I don’t believe in cancel culture. Bob Huggins has done a lot of good for the University and the state of West Virginia. That has to be considered when arriving at a just punishment. It’s easy to come out of the woodwork as so many pundits have done and reach for a rock to throw. The greatest Man to ever walk the Earth once said, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Huggins has built enough equity to deserve a chance at redemption.

There are many who think that Huggs is a dinosaur, and that the game has passed him by. Those people now have some fuel for their fire. It does seem at times that Huggins is disinterested and devoid of energy as he sits on his courtside stool on game day, and has complained over and over about navigating the current landscape of college hoop as it applies to NIL and the transfer portal.

Huggins has since found a way, with the help of a wealthy coalition of West Virginians, to embrace the portal, and the Mounties have had one of the best off-seasons in the country. Until this incident, Mountaineer Nation was counting the days until basketball season in Morgantown. Now, we hold our collective breath hoping that the new players don’t jump ship. Time will tell.

It should be an interesting 6 months for Mountaineer fans…

Until the next visit from The Booth, GO EERS!




WCFR battle a grill fire and grilling safety tips

It is grilling season and Warren County Fire and Rescue reports that they have already responded to a fire that began with an outdoor grill.

Just after 7:30 p.m. May 7 units from Front Royal, North Warren and Rivermont reported the fire in the 200 block of East Criser Road.

An outdoor cooking structure was well involved and spreading toward the residence when crews arrived.

Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly and noted that the home’s non-combustible siding was the reason there wasn’t more damage.

The outdoor cooking structure, however, was a total loss fortunately there were no injuries reported in the blaze.

The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department reminds grillers that keeping the grill clean is one of the most important safety tips especially when it comes to fat and grease build up.

More grilling safety tips are available from the Federal Emergency Management can be found here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Sports: Thursday, May 11, 2023

Nats Take 2 Of 3 In SF, O’s Beat Rays 2-1, Huggins’ Punishment Announced

Ildemaro Vargas strokes a 2-run triple in the Nats’ 11-6 win over the Giants. Courtesy of the Nationals Radio Network…

Lane Thomas pads the lead with a solo HR.  The call courtesy of the Nationals Radio Network…



VSP Canine Officer requires emergency treatment during SABF

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report that a Canine Officer named Ava took ill during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) the night of May 6.

According to Virginia State Police Information Officer Sergeant Brent Coffey Ava is doing well and recovering at the home of her handler.

The explosive sniffing canine officer was on the job when she suddenly was struck with an unspecified illness that had nothing to do with Apple Blossom.

The Canine just happened to fall ill at the festival.

Ava was rushed to a veterinarian’s office in Hagerstown Maryland and underwent emergency surgery on her stomach.

All involved in the incident indicate that she is in full recovery and is expected to be back to work soon.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Laurel Ridge Community College holds two commencements

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Laurel Ridge Community College announced two commencement ceremonies this year.

Students graduating from the health professions program will receive diplomas today May 11 starting at 2 p.m.

All other graduating students will be receiving their diplomas tomorrow May 12 again at 2 p.m.

This is the 52-commencement exercise and both ceremonies will be at the Middletown Campus.

The ceremonies will take place behind Cornerstone Hall.

There are just under 900 students expecting to receive a diploma at the ceremonies with almost 230 coming from Frederick County.

Fauquier County has the next largest number graduating with just over 125 and Winchester has 123 graduates.

Motorist may want to use caution when traveling near the school’s campus in Middletown May 11 and 12.

Additional graduation events and information is available here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Dario Savarese wraps up SABF but wait there’s more

The 96 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) is in the books after a highly successful weekend.

But Apple Blossom sponsorship of events continues later this month and beyond.

We spoke to SABF Marketing Director Dario Savarese about what is still to come in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

We call Dario Mr. Apple Blossom because he was everywhere over the bloom which gives him a unique prospective and review of  how things went.

He also explains that there is still more things to come in the month of May and beyond.

Dario also explains the time line for next year as it will be 100 years of Bloom next year.

Click here for Dario’s latest news maker.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.