Another Country Roads Kick In The Gut

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Greetings From The Booth!

Well, it’s another “morning after,” if you’re a WVU Mountaineer fan. After getting into the NCAA D-I Baseball Tournament and winning the Tuscon regional, the Mounties were swept in two games in the Chapel Hill Super Regional at the hands of the number-4 national seed Tar Heels of UNC. In Game One, WVU held a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, only to see the game tied on a solo home run, and then were walked off on a 2-run blast by Vance Honeycutt, a player who you will likely see one day in “The Show.” In a gutsy, but probably anti-climactic, performance in Game Two, West Virginia lost 2-1, giving up a leadoff homer from Honeycutt.

We Mountaineer fans have become used to heartbreak. Occasionally, the Mounties will get to smell the steak, but never get to taste it. Once in a while, a “Natty” is within reach, only to have it snatched away by an ill-timed injury, a missed field goal, or just pure bad luck. Oh, WVU is always winning Rifle championships, but we probably should, given our mascot carries a musket. This weekend’s heartbreak in the Super Regionals brought back some painful memories of previous kicks in the gut. Let’s revisit a few:

1988 WVU Football-this was the famous undefeated, untied regular season, which ended in a 34-21 Fiesta Bowl loss to Notre Dame in the National Championship Game. West Virginia was led by dual-threat quarterback Major Harris, who suffered a shoulder injury on the game’s third play. And just like that, WVU’s hopes of winning that game were gone. You might remember that defensive standout, Front Royal’s own Darrell Whitmore, was also injured and did not suit up. Probably my first taste of Mountie Heartbreak.

2007 WVU Football-this might be the one that hurts the most. This season was the apex of the Pat White era for West Virginia football. The dynamic QB led the Mounties to a 10-1 record heading into the 100th Backyard Brawl against hated rival Pitt. The task was simple for WVU: beat a 4-7 Panther team at home, and punch a ticket to the National Championship game. Sure enough, White suffered a dislocated thumb in the second quarter and missed most of the game following the injury. Combine that with Pat McAfee’s 2 missed field goals, and the rumors that Head Coach Rich Rodriguez was being courted by some major programs, and you’ve got the most stinging words you can say to a Mountie fan…13-9.

2010 WVU Basketball-In the 2009-10 season, the Mountaineers were in elite company. The team finished number-3 in the country, were Big East Champions, and set the record for most wins in school history (31). But after reaching the Final Four, Mountie fans had their hearts ripped out in the National Semi-Final game against blue-blood Duke, falling 78-57. The lasting memory of that game will be Head Coach Bob Huggins consoling WVU forward De’Sean Butler, after Butler was badly hurt in the second half of the contest, adding injury to insult. Again, so close, but yet, so far…

And there you have it. Some of The Mountaineers’ Greatest Gut Punches. Well, there’s always Rifle…

Until the next visit from The Booth…Take Me Home, Country Roads!





FCSO clarifies details of discovery

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) has become aware of instances of inaccurate information being spread surrounding the discovery of Jason Abarca.

FCSO has conferred with the family to clarify and release the statement.

On April 29, 2024, an unidentified male body was found off of Star Tannery Road.

The body was found in a wooded area near the location of the wrecked vehicle that Jason Abarca alleged to have stollen in December 2023.

The Northern District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manassas confirmed the body, which was found in an “advanced stated of decomposition,” as Abarca.

The young man’s stepfather, Benito Soto, had confirmed that the remains belonged to
his stepson.

Searchers who located Abarca discovered one leg wedged in the “Y” section of a tree, approximately 5 feet above the ground, per the release.

The remainder of his body was described as “hanging downwards towards the ground, essentially upside down,” according to the source.

These new details aim to clarify statements made by Abarca’s family after the discovery of the body.

The Sheriff’s Office and Abarca’s family decided to disclose the sensitive details of the body’s discovery to prevent further misinformation, according to the release.

Law enforcement authorities searched for Abarca in the ensuing days and months, but his body was not discovered until April 29th.

Abarca’s family had previously voiced concerns that foul play might have been involved
following the alleged carjacking.

The state medical examiner’s office has yet to determine Abarca’s cause of death.

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Berryville’s spring street-paving project underway

The Town of Berryville is set to kick off its spring street-paving initiative starting Wednesday, June 12.

The project is expected to conclude by the end of the day on Monday, June 17, subject
to weather conditions and any mechanical issues.

Operations will not take place on Sundays or federal holidays.

Residents and commuters passing through the work zones should anticipate noise, dust, traffic delays, and parking restrictions.

Parking restrictions will be clearly posted at least 48 hours before work begins, and vehicles parked in restricted areas will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Here’s the paving schedule to keep in mind:
– Wednesday, June 12: Crown Street, Pender Court, Early Drive
– Thursday, June 13: Custer and Edgar Courts
– Friday, June 14: Fremont and Hancock Courts
– Monday, June 17: McClellan and Chamberlain Streets
For more information or inquiries, contact Director of Public Works Rick Boor at or call 540-955-1099.

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