Frank Wolf Joins Clarke GOP to Open Victory Office in Berryville

As the Democratic Convention wrapped up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Republican faithful were busy staking a claim in downtown Berryville as they opened their Clarke County Victory Office on East Main Street.

The idea of opening a downtown office began when local property owner, Jerry Johnson approached the Clarke GOP to see if he could obtain signs to put in the windows of his downtown properties to promote Republican candidates.  Andrew Nicholson, head of the Clarke GOP countered with an offer to open a GOP patriot center in one of the spaces and Johnson agreed.

Republican supporters turned out Friday afternoon to hold the official opening and were joined by several Republican candidates and elected officials including Virginia Senator Jill Vogel and the keynote speaker, Congressman Frank Wolf.

Wolf complimented the Clarke GOP for their efforts in this election in particular for opening the new Main Street office in an election that he stressed is, “Critical for the future of our country.” Wolf addressed headlines coming out of the Democratic Convention, which had wrapped up the day before, and criticized Democrat attempts to spin employment numbers that came out Friday morning. Those numbers showed meager growth and indicated that more and more unemployed are giving up their search and dropping from the unemployed count altogether.

Congressman Frank Wolf spoke to the gathering. Photo credit Mike Dowling

“The Democrats are trying to spin these numbers saying they are better than last year but they are still not keeping pace. We’re stalled and we have  a lot of problems in the country.” Wolf went on to say, “The debt has reached 16 trillion dollars and there is nothing that the President said last night that will help.”
He criticized the presidents plan to reduce the deficit by 4 trillion dollars over the next ten years as insufficient because the deficit is growing at 1 trillion dollars a year because of debt. Wolf said, “40 cents of every dollar the US spends is borrowed from the Chinese,” and turned his attention to foreign policy.

Listing numerous cases of what he characterized as massive human rights violation in Pakistan, Afghanistan and China, Wolf let loose a passionate appeal for a serious change in foreign policy citing horrible abuses of women children and particularly Christians in Muslim countries.

State Senator Jill Vogel. Photo credit Mike Dowling

The congressman wrapped up his points by saying, “This administration is a failure on the economy, a failure in human rights, and a failure in foreign policy. The president’s policies are not working and there are no new ideas from this administration.” He added, “We can turn this country around and have a renaissance to bring back exceptional days and this election is critical.”

Wolf urged supporters to get out and talk to neighbors and to staff the new Patriot Office to have an impact on this election. “We should be able to go up to anyone and make the case, whether they are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, that it is time for a change. It is time to put a group in that can really deal with these issues.”

The  Clarke County Victory Office on East Main Street is open every Saturday now through election day from 9:00AM through 5:00 PM. Organizers said they may be open on weekday evenings as well as more people volunteer to staff the facility.


**Correction: The correct name for the office in Berryville is, “The Clarke County GOP Victory Office.” A correction made in the the article after publication.

Eagles Bounce Back Against Generals

#21 Nick Helmut looks for a hole in the defense. Photo credit Phil Butterfass

The Eagles stepped onto their home turf Friday night with something to prove. After a thumping at the hands of the Wildcats last week, coaches stressed focus and told players not to let the loss to Warren County beat them mentally as they faced Stonewall Jackson. 343 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns later, the Eagles showed their focus on the field and walked away with a resounding rebound victory, defeating the Generals 35-7.

Defensive Coordinator Casey Childs told the team after the game, “You didn’t let them get back in the game, you stayed focused especially in the second half, and that’s what good teams do. You bounced back and played well.”

Coach Parker with the offense during a timeout. Photo credit Phil Butterfass

Coach Parker was also satisfied with his team’s turn-around,”I thought we played well, and I was really impressed with the way we came out, especially in the second half. As a coaching staff that’s what we wanted to see.”

From the opening kickoff, the Eagles powered over Stonewall’s defense mounting an 11 play 69 yard drive for the first points of the game on a 1- yard touchdown run by #21 Nick Helmut. #20 Macson McGuian made his debut as kicker with the PAT and set the Eagles lead to 7.

The Generals mounted their own offensive effort and burned through the rest of the first quarter with an 11 play drive, but a botched snap and two penalties backed them up to their own 37 and they were forced to punt the ball away.

#9 Sean McDonald. Photo credit Pam Lettie

The Eagles ground attack would burn through 7:33 on their next scoring drive ending in another 1 yard touchdown run, this time by #5 Davey Hardesty marking his first of 3 TDs on the night. A bad snap on the PAT resulted in a scrambling two-point conversion pushing the Eagle lead to 15.

Ball control would kill any hopes of a comeback for the Generals. Stonewall coughed-up the ball on the Eagle’s 47 yard line and 7 plays later Davey Hardesty punched in his second score of the night.

However, the Generals were not going down without a fight.

With :50 left in the first half the General’s would catch Clarke County’s special teams off guard snapping up the kickoff and tearing down the sidelines for a 75 yard return to the Eagle 37. As time expired on the clock, the Generals would add their only points of the game taking the score at the half to 21-7.

#5 Davey Hardesty had 179 yards rushing on the night. Photo credit Phil Butterfass

The second half of the game belonged entirely to the Eagles as they held the Generals offense to only two first downs. Clarke County would add two more touchdowns to the board, one of which came on a 76 yard break away run from #5 Davey Hardesty.

Hardesty ended the game with 23 carries for 179 yards on the night with 3 touchdowns. #21 Nick Helmut had 10 carries for 66 yards and one touchdown and QB #9 Sean McDonald had 11 carries for 83 yards  with one touchdown and and was 1 for 4 with 18 yards passing on the night.

The Eagles have a bye next week and will face arch-rival Strasburg at home in two weeks.


The Clarke Weekender – 9/7/2012

It felt like the dog days of August this week, but as the weekend gets underway temperatures will begin to feel more like September. However, the front that will bring cooler temperatures may also bring some rain with it, so plan your activities accordingly.

Berryville will be transformed this weekend into a picker’s delight as the downtown yard sale sets-up Saturday morning. Tables will be scattered throughout the town offering a wide variety merchandise. The downtown event has also spawned other sales in town, so cast a wide net as you search for lost treasures. A 60% chance of strong thunderstorms is in the forecast, but hopefully they will hold off until after the sale.

Lots to see and do this weekend, so we hope you find something fun.

Friday September 7, 2012

Friday night the Clarke County Eagles return to The Felt to face the Stonewall Jackson Generals. Clarke County is coming off of a tough game on the road in Warren County, so come out and support our Eagles. Kickoff is at 7:30.

Saturday September 8, 2012

Saturday morning starts with a 5K Run/Walk to raise money for Barns of Rose Hill. The 5K course consists of an out and back loop from the Barns through town. The entry fee is $25.00 on race day. Registration is from 6:40am to 7:40am.

The Clarke County Farmers Market will be open Saturday from 8:00 AM through 12:00 noon. Stop by and find a great collection of produce and locally made products. The market is located at the corner of Crow Street and South Church Street in the municipal parking lot.

The big event for the weekend is the “Downtown Berryville Yard Sales” 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. (Rain date – Sept. 15). Peruse offerings from vendors that will be set up throughout the town. The rain date determination will be made Saturday September 8th at 6:00 AM

More yard sale action will be available in the Hermitage neighborhood. There will be a neighborhood wide garage sale in Hermitage  from 8am to 2pm.

Get some exercise and enjoy the views at the “Bicycle Tour of Blandy” 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. This leisurely 3-mile bicycle tour of the Blandy’s gravel Loop Road can be enjoyed by the whole family (but no training wheels). Bring helmet, water, snack and meet in main parking lot. FOSA members $8, nonmembers $10, families $20. To register or for more information, call 540-837-1758 extension 224.

Music in the Rose Hill Park presents The Clarke County Community Band for a special Saturday night edition. The band will perform a variety of musical selections from 6:30 till 8:00 PM. Bring a blanket and a cooler and enjoy a spirited performance from your friends and neighbors in the band.

Sunday September 9

Millwood Community Picnic Again!” The June picnic was held in spite of a thunderstorm, but organizers decided to revisit the event to allow everyone to enjoy the full magnitude of the annual Millwood event. Bring a dish to share, your own chair, and an open wallet for 50/50 $$$ tickets, cake raffles, and the live auction. Enjoy live music, free grilled dogs, burgers, fixings, and tea as well as delicious food prepared by you and your neighbors. For more information call 540-837-2252.


FISH Launches Food Drive to Stock Local Food Bank

In the U.S. most households have consistent, dependable access to sufficient food but for a growing number, food insecurity has become a fact of life. Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger.  These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. However, this need often goes unnoticed and remains invisible in the community. Many people perceive poverty and hunger as problems centered in urban areas, but the reality is that counties with disproportionately high rates of persistent poverty are often rural, like Clarke County. According to statistics, over 2 million rural households in the US had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources and an anemic economy that is driving food prices up and wages down.

Food pantries throughout the country stand in the gap to assist these families, but they are struggling to meet the increased demand. In Berryville, the central food bank operated by FISH of Clarke County at the Social Services office on Main Street serves families throughout Clarke County providing essential food when the need is greatest.

However, donations and stock can fluctuate and right now the need is great. To meet the ongoing need, FISH has organized a food drive to stock the food bank’s shelves. Starting Sunday, September 9th, and running through September 15th, FISH has set up a drop off point at corner of Crow & Church Streets adjacent to Dollar General store in Berryville. The drop off box will be available Sunday from 1:00-3:00 PM, then Monday Sept 10 through Friday Sept 14th from 4:00-6:00 PM. The drive will wrap up on Saturday Sept 15th from 12:00-4:00 PM. Assistance is also available for pick-up of donations by calling 955-1823 to schedule a time.

Suggested donations include:

  • macaroni & cheese
  • canned vegetables & soup
  • paper products
  • pasta sauces
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • pasta and rice
  • packaged dinners

In a time when people feel marginalized by the magnitude of the immense problems that our country faces, FISH provides a way to help at a local level. Join with them by donating to this important cause.

Eagles Fall to Wildcats

#9 Sean McDonald drops back looking for an open receiver. Photo credit Mike Dowling

The road was not kind to the Eagles as they traveled to Warren County to face the Wildcats. Clarke County came into the game after crushing Berkley Springs in their season opener but in Front Royal they encountered a physical team that dominated them on the field and resoundingly defeated the Eagles 27-9.

The night started on a high note for Clarke County as #5 Davey Hardesty tore through the Wildcats on the opening kickoff returning the ball to the Warren County 11 yard line. The Wildcats defense, undaunted by the special teams breakdown, stood their ground and stopped the Eagles cold  forcing them to settle for a 30-yard field goal and their only lead of the game.

The Warren County defense would set the tone for the rest of the night on the next Eagle possession. With 6:59 left in the first quarter the Wildcats broke through Clarke County’s offensive line and slammed into QB Sean McDonald forcing a fumble. Linebacker Jacob Hill picked it up on the 23 yard line and punched it into the end zone for the first of two Warren County defensive touchdown seizing the lead for the remainder of the game.

The Wildcats defense dominated the Eagle’s offensive line completely controlling the line of scrimmage and shutting down Clarke’s running game so the Eagles turned to their passing offense. The  fierce rush from the Wildcats defensive line continually tore into the backfield and kept QB Sean McDonald on the run all night long. Repeatedly flushed from the pocket and strung out to the sidelines, McDonald  threw 3 interceptions further killing any hopes of turning the tide for the Eagles.

Clarke’s offensive line struggled to hold back the Wildcats’ defense. Photo credit Mike Dowling

The Wildcats would go on to rack up three more touchdowns on the evening including a score set up by a blocked punt that left the Wildcats on the Eagles’ doorstep. Two plays later a 10 yard pass by Warren County QB Tyler Post to Matthew Nicholson added their third TD on the night.

The sole touchdown for Clarke came late in the 4th quarter when McDonald connected with #24 Ben Wallace on a 39 yard pass to set up a 2 yard touchdown run by #5 Davey Hardesty.

The Warren County wall held Clarke County to only 44 yards rushing on the entire night.

Coach Parker said after the  game, “They were physically very strong and we had problems blocking them, they were breaking tackles and you can’t allow that against a strong team. We got beat by a very good team but we are better than the way we played tonight.”

The Eagles drop to 1-1 on the season but are still two weeks away from their first Bull Run District game. Clarke County returns to the Felt next week to face Stonewall. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM.

The Clarke Weekender – Labor Day 2012

It’s Labor Day Weekend! The last gasp of the summer means a three-day weekend for most of us and a welcomed break to enjoy some recreation. There are a handful of things going on in Clarke this weekend, but for the most part it looks like a quiet weekend in the county. So, we have included a few “beyond our border events,” we have enjoyed in the past that may be just the ticket for a long weekend. Happy Labor Day!

Friday August 31, 2012

Tonight the Clarke County Eagles take on the Warren County Wildcats in an away game, so the lights will be out at the Felt, but there will be music in the park to enjoy in downtown Berryville. The Brogue Rogues will being playing a selection of Celtic Music from 6:30 till 8:00 PM. A perennial crowd favorite, the Brogue Rogues are a high-energy, audience-involving band performing traditional Celtic Music with a Blue Ridge Mountain flair only those bold Berryville lads can provide, featuring JimBuck, John Friant & Todd McDonald .

Saturday September 1, 2012

Saturday start your morning with stroll through the Clarke County Farmers Market and peruse lots of fresh produce and great products made right here in Clarke County. The market is located on South Church Street in the municipal parking lot from 8:00 AM through 12:00 noon.

Close out the summer season with a visit to Clarke County’s own Watermelon Park. Enjoy the beautiful Shenandoah River while camping, tubing, canoeing, and much more! New to the park is Watermelon Park Hand Dipped Ice Cream shop. It is now open, so stop by for a treat.

Just over the mountain in Bluemont, visit Great Country Farms for their annual Pancake Breakfast and Potato Harvest. Start the day with pancakes hot off the griddle! Pile them high on your plate and then top with delicious fruit syrups. Juices and coffee included in the All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast until 11:30am included with admission. Then jump on a hayride and hunt for potato treasure in their u-pick field. Open September 1 & 2, 2012 9am-6pm Cost is $10/child & $12/adult

In Berryville, The Northern Shenandoah Valley Sacred Harp & Shape Note Singers will gather from 4:00 till 8:00 PM. Saturday afternoon at the Josephine Street Museum. Potluck supper at 6 p.m.; there is no kitchen at the museum so plan dishes accordingly and bring lawn chairs or blanket for outdoor eating. Call John or Kelly for more information at (540) 955-2660.

Also Saturday enjoy Allan James Live at The Battletown Inn from 7:30 till 9:30 PM. Allan will play several new songs from his upcoming CD to be released in Dec. Enjoy dinner, drinks and original music on the outside patio while the weather is still nice! Reservations recommended, seating is limited. For more information and reservations: (540-955-4100).

No big plans for the long weekend? Here’s a couple of regional ideas.

Virginia Scottish Games and Festival at Great Meadow. Saturday Sep 1 and Sunday Sep 2 from 9am-6pm enjoy highland athletics, piping & drumming, highland dance, fiddling, traditional & contemporary celtic music and the gathering of the clans among many other activities throughout the Labor Day weekend. Visit for more information.

Sunday, Septmeber 2, 2012 visit the Flying Circus in Bealton for their Labor Day Airshow. This is always fun for the whole family. Watch daring expert pilots perform stunts in vintage biplanes. Enjoy a picnic lunch as a parachute jumper opens the show and a wing-walker hangs upside down from a biplane’s wing. Cost is $15 adults; $5 children 3-12; children under 3 are free Gates open at 11am Show begins at 2:30 PM.

Get Medieval at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual festival in Crownsville Maryland is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country and has more than 1,300 participants and 280,000 guests per season. The English Tudor village is 25 acres of woods and field that transport patrons to an era of chivalry, bawdiness, and good fun. There are more than 130 craft shops displaying many wares handmade by the village artisans. Forty-two food outlets provide a feast of foods rarely seen at other festivals. The festival is open from 10:00am – 7:00pm weekends through October and will be open for Labor Day as well. For complete info visit

School Board Gets Updates on IB, AP, AMO, and More

The Clarke County School Board held their first meeting of the new school year in an extensive session that covered several testing issues as well as performance updates and introduced the new student liaison to the board. Below is an overview of the board’s discussions.

PAVAN Update

Art Instructor Kathy Campbell addressed the board with an update on the school’s work towards providing art instructional opportunities for students.  Superintendent Mike Murphy opened the presentation by saying, “As we move forward from the PAVAN discussion we have received some citizen complaints about lack of programming for the arts and I think there is a lack of understanding about the fact that it is the board’s intent to reinvest in our kids with programming for the arts.” He introduced Ms. Campbell who told the board, “I have talked to all but one of the fine arts teachers in the system and we have all come to a consensus idea of having some kind of summer program, a two-week summer program, which would include a two-night arts festival on Friday and Saturday nights after the two-week session. We will have theater productions, improv, music, and possibly have musical groups come in on Saturday night.”

Campbell added, “The teachers that I have talked to think it is very doable and thought it would actually work better than PAVAN without the transportation issues. The application process for PAVAN was quite complicated for the students and I know that may have kept the numbers down.”

In closing, Ms. Campbell said that she thought there could be a large group of students that would be interested in the new approach.

2012 School Board Student Liaison

The Board also welcomed Clarke County High School senior Evan McKay as the student liaison. McKay addressed the board and presented results from the State of Our Nation’s Youth survey which is conducted by The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. McKay participated in a panel for the survey and presented some of the information to the board for their consideration. He said the survey found that many students were apprehensive about the prospect of paying for college. It also indicated that students found that despite taking more advanced coursework during high school, a considerable share of college-enrolled students reported they needed remediation classes during college to reinforce the IB and AP high school classes. McKay ended on a brighter note and said that most students felt the schools were doing a better job at teaching. When students were asked nationwide to rate the quality of their schools, today’s high school students gave their schools a grade of an A, reflecting modest improvements over previous years.

McKay added that within Clarke County, students seem satisfied with the schools and are particularly pleased with the new high school facility. McKay closed by saying, “On behalf of the student body of Clarke County High School I would like to thank the school board for all you have done.”

IB Test Results

International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) test results were also presented to the board for review. Mr. Thom Potts presented the results from the May 2012 tests for IB diploma candidates. There were only six students who enrolled for the diploma and one student who was re-testing, so the results were based on a pool of 7 students. Potts attributed the small number to the the last vestiges of the elementary acceleration model that combined grades in Clarke County. He indicated that many of this group’s classmates received their IB Diploma the year before, “So we had a year where we had a much smaller group than we typically do.” He pointed out that this year there are 20 students enrolled and 22 for the following year. Based on the group of 7, the district achieved a 71% success rate for students who earned a 4 or better.

Berryville District Board Member Jim Brinkmeier questioned how colleges viewed a score of 4 on a 1 to 7 scale. “Is four good to universities?” Potts said that all schools view the scores differently, but that most would consider a 4 as a respectable result.

AP Test Results

Dr. Jeff Jackson presented AP results. Eighty-one students were enrolled in AP classes last year which included Calculus, Statistics, U.S. Government, and Virtual Virginia courses. For students to be eligible for college credit they must take the AP exam. Of the 81 students that enrolled, only 14 took the test for credit and of those, 12 earned a score of 3 or higher on a 5 point scale. Representative Schutte questioned Jackson why so few elected to take the test. Dr. Jackson put it simply, “We do not pay the cost of taking the test, so we cannot compel them to take it.” The timing of sign-ups and several other factors were also listed as possible contributing factors. Dr. Jackson did point out that AP enrollment has increased dramatically and said that this year there are already 126 students enrolled in AP course.

ACT Results

ACT results were also addressed as an accomplishment in the district. The ACT represents an additional or alternative to the SAT test for college entry, but the ACT is taken by very few college bound graduates. In Clarke, students who did take the ACT scored above the state and national average score. See results here.

AYP versus AMO

Clarke County Public Schools continue to wrestle with the ever changing ramifications of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Waiver. At last night’s meeting, Division Director of Testing (DDOT), Ed Shewbridge gave updates on the replacement accountability measures that are coming down from the Virginia Department of Education. Virginia no longer issues Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ratings. Now, Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) will be reported. This approach breaks the student population into sub-groups that will be measured and each will will have an AMO target to meet. Under NCLB all students and all subgroups had to meet 100% proficiency by the year 2014. With AMO, the groups are split into units that will allow different achievement targets. This will help ensure data can be analyzed more effectively to drive curriculum decisions. Also, a large representative group will not have a negative impact on the overall scores for the school or district. New AMO achievement targets are shown below.

Former Governor George Allen Campaigns in Clarke County

Former Governor George Allen campaigns at Veramar. Photo credit Mike Dowling

A crowd of more than two hundred gathered in Clarke County Saturday evening as the local Republican Party Committee held a convention kick-off event and welcomed former Virginia Governor George Allen, who is seeking election to the U.S. Senate. The outdoor gathering was held at Veramar Vineyards and included a full line-up of local Republicans including the former governor as wells as Virginia State Senator for the 26th District, Mark Obenshain, and Delegate for the 10th District, Randy Minchew.

Andrew Nicholson,  Chairman of the Clarke GOP opened the event and stressed the importance of this election to Republicans saying, “I believe that there hasn’t been an election as crucial to the future of our country since the first Republican president was elected over 150 years ago. This year is even more important than the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. Jimmy Carter was incompetent, but Barack Obama is dangerous.”

Delegate for the 10th District, Randy Minchew. Photo credit Mike Dowling

Party officials updated the crowd on the Republicans progress in gearing up for the upcoming election and emphasized the critical role Virginia is expected to play in this campaign. 10th District Republican Chairman John Whitbeck took the mic and told the crowd, “The Commonwealth is ground-zero in this election and the Romney campaign knows it.”

Randy Minchew, who was elected Virginia Delegate for the 10th District last November, said Clarke has a very unique job in this 2012 election. “No one really worries about Clarke County voting blue, but by building up the votes, particularly among independents here in Clarke County, we can countervail those blue votes in other areas.”

Virginia State Senator for the 26th District, Mark D. Obenshain spoke at length about the rights of citizens that Republicans say are under attack. “We have Mennonite dairy farmers down in the central Shenandoah Valley who are getting enforcement letters from the Environmental Protection Agency telling them that their dairy cows are “point source discharge units” that require a permit in order to be able to operate. These people do not understand business, and farming is a business. They are making it impossible for small farmers to be able to continue to operate their businesses and if we want to keep the quality of life that we have in rural Virginia, we have got to do something about this type of arrogant attitude by the EPA.”

Virginia State Senator for the 26th District, Mark Obenshain. Photo credit Mike Dowling

He closed with a pitch for an initiative that will be on the ballot in November, the Virginia Property Rights Amendment. The measure would prohibit eminent domain from being used for private enterprise, job creation, tax revenue generation or economic development, thereby restricting it to only being invoked to take private land for public use. Obenshain said, “We need you to tell your friends and neighbors that we need them to vote yes for this initiative. Our freedom is at stake this November.”

Former Governor George Allen was the final speaker and was welcomed with cheers and applause. He continued the appeal to the crowd to focus on freedom in this election and expanded on points made by previous speakers about federal government over-reach into citizens lives.

Allen also spoke on taxes and in particular his goal of repealing the so called “death tax” which has a profound impact on small farms in the Shenandoah Valley saying, “In my view death shouldn’t be taxable event. The sale of an asset should be a taxable event.”

He criticized the impending sequestration that will force huge budget cuts to national defense. “I believe it is never right to use the men and women of our armed forces as a political bargaining tool to raise taxes on job creating small business owners.”

Energy policy was also a key topic for the former governor. “We ought to be thanking God that we are in an America blessed with the most energy resources of any country in the world. We’re number one. The folks in Washington who are setting policy seem to look at our energy resources as a curse.”

Allen said if he was elected he would introduce legislation on day one of his term to allow Virginia to tap into it’s rich natural resources and begin drilling to produce oil and natural gas off of the coast. He added that he planned to use royalties from that initiative to pay for growth in transportation infrastructure.

He closed with an appeal for supporters to take the message to the voters on issues. “This is not Republican verses Democrat fight, we need to talk about our ideas. Our proven solutions and achievable reforms that will improve peoples lives at their kitchen tables, that will make our communities safer and that will make sure when our young people graduate from college they are not forced to move back home but can instead start careers.”

Allen will square off against the Democratic candidate Tim Kaine in the November election. Kaine is also a former governor of the state of Virginia. They will be competing for the seat that is currently held by Senator Jim Webb (D) who is not seeking reelection.


Eagles Dominate the Indians in Season Opener

The Felt was packed Friday night as the Clarke County Eagles opened their 2012 season against Berkley Springs. Last season, the Indians gave the Eagles a run for their money in a tight game that the Eagles eventually pulled-out for the win, but last night was a whole different story as Clarke County crushed the Indians with a final score of 40-0.

The Eagles dominated both sides of the ball racking up six touchdowns. The team’s new starting QB, sophomore  Sean McDonald broke the ice capping off a 64 yard opening drive with a 3 yard run for the first points of the game. Less than two minutes later running back Davey Hardesty broke three tackles for a 31 yard touchdown run adding a second score. The quick strikes knocked the Indians on their heels and with five seconds left in the first quarter #6 Todd Benton caught a crease and ran a third score in from 19 yards out.

The Eagle defensive squad turned in a great performance as well sporting a new five man defensive line. The Indians weren’t able to muster a first down until the second quarter and had only 6 for the entire game. Noseguard #12 Eric Stewart pulled down the Indians QB for the first of the three sacks the new Eagle defense had on the night.

Clarke County added three more scores before the second string unit went in the game with 6:45 left in the forth quarter.

Team captain, Davey Hardesty delivered a standout performance on the night with three touchdowns and 200 yards rushing.

Coach Parker said he was happy with the teams overall performance,”I thought our guys played a good game, we had a couple of fumbles and some penalties, but all in all I think it was a good performance for the first game of the season.”

Next week the Eagles are on the road against Warren County.

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The Clarke Weekender August 24, 2012 – Sports, Jazz, and Politics

The school year has started in Clarke County which means much of the county is ready for the welcome relief of the weekend.

Weather forecasters are calling for a chance of showers throughout the weekend, so keep those umbrellas handy. Fortunately, it looks like we are in good shape this evening for the season opener and first home game for the Clarke County High School varsity football.

Relax and leave the week’s worries behind for a couple of days and get out with neighbors and friends and enjoy some of the fun activities Clarke County has to offer.


Friday August 24

“Music in the Rose Hill Park presents Dixie Rhythms – Dixieland Jazz” Music starts at 6:30 and runs through 8:00 PM.

Clarke County Varsity Football opens up the season against Berkeley Springs at Wilbur Feltner Field. Kickoff at 7:30pm. Come out and support the Clarke County Eagles and don’t miss the Screaming Eagles Marching Band’s new half time show.

Saturday August 25 

Start your Saturday at the Clarke County Farmers Market. Find fresh produce and great locally made products while you catch up with friends. Located in the municipal parking lot on South Church Street in downtown Berryville. Open 8:00 AM through 12 noon.

Later in the morning swing by the Fire House Gallery at 23 East Main, Berryville for the “Art of Making Art — Acrylic Painting Demonstration with Josie Tilton”  The event runs from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information call 540-955-4001.

Join the Clarke County Republican Committee for their 2012 Campaign Season Kick-Off at Veramar Vineyards in Clarke County as they welcome George Allen and Mark Obenshain. Governor Allen will talk about his 2012 campaign and Senator Obenshain will talk about the Property Rights Amendment referendum on the ballot. There will also be a number of other Republican politicians attending. Events begins at 6:00 PM and runs through 9:00 PM at Veramar Vineyards, 905 Quarry Road, Berryville, VA 22611. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register online.

Also Saturday evening, “COOL JAZZ FOR A HOT NIGHT” at 7:00 – 10:00 PM at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, featuring the Greg Lamont Jazz Trio from Washington, DC. Heavy appetizers, a complimentary “jazzy drink”, cash bar, dancing and a live auction. Admission is $75. All proceeds benefit the Josephine School Community Museum/ African – American Cultural Center. Call Barns of Rose Hill at 540-955-2004 for more information.