Thank you for JRHS After Prom donations
The James River HS After Prom Committee wants to thank the many businesses, organizations, parents and community leaders that supported the After Prom event for JRHS students. Approximately 160 students and guests attended. This event is intended to provide a fun and safe environment for our students. Festivities included multiple inflatables, a mechanical bull, cornhole, laser tag, karaoke and DJ with plenty of food and drinks. Everyone earned tickets for participating and were able to attend the “store” to pick out prizes ranging from gift cards, coolers, art supplies, cash, items for college and more. At the end of the event, each Senior received a gift. These gifts included items such as cash, gift cards, tablets, and TVs. One lucky student won a kayak to enjoy on our very own James River!
We so appreciate the following donors and sponsors that made this event possible:
A.R. Coffey & Sons Inc., Ace Hardware Hollins, Advance Auto, Alpha Delta Kappa Beta Theta Chapter, Altec, Andrew Chapel United Methodist, Apothicaire d’Abeille Honeybee Apothecary, Austin Electric, Bank of Botetourt, Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival, Bellacino’s, Botetourt County Farm Bureau, Botetourt County Public Schools Education Foundation, Botetourt Funeral Home, Botetourt Town & Country Women’s Club, Botetourt Truck & Trailer, Breckinridge PTA, Bryant Orchards Farm Market, Brusters, Buchanan Elementary PTA, Buchanan Fountain, Buchanan Lodge No 2182 – Loyal Order of Moose, Buchanan Presbyterian Church, Buchanan Theater, Cahoon’s Florist, Central Academy Middle School PTA, Cheddars, Chick-fil-A, Coke, Colonial Title & Settlement Agency, Crab du Jour, Cracker Barrel, Craig-Botetourt Electric, Domino’s-Daleville, Donnie D’s, DownHome Pharmacy, Eagle Rock Ruritan Club, Exotic Aquatics, Fincastle Automotive, Fincastle Baptist Church, First Bank, Foot of the Mountain, Forest Grove Baptist Church, Gala Industries, Greenfield PTA, Greenwood Restaurant, H&H Outdoors, Hair Gallery, Ikenberry Orchards, Jack Mason’s-Clifton Forge, James River Drip, James River Equipment, James River parents, John Alderson Agency, JRHS PTSO, JRHS Sports Booster Club, KC Collections, Krispy Kreme, Kroger-Daleville, Lentini’s, Lester Well Drilling, Lew’s, Lil Cucci’s, Little Green Hive, Lord Botetourt VFW Auxiliary Post 1841, Lumos, Mecs Pawn, Miles of Styles, Moss in the Country, Mt. Bethel Church of the Brethren, Mt Joy Hardware, New River Electric Corp., North Star, Olive Garden, Pancho Mexican Restaurant, Patina Creek Silver Jewelry, Penelope-Daleville, Rader Funeral Home, Red Robin, Roanoke Gas, Rodeo Chico, Sam’s Club, Shakers, Sheetz, Springwood Baptist Church, Stylin Shed, Subway-Buchanan, Tammie’s Place, Tap House, Three Little Pigs, Tizzone, Town of Buchanan, Town of Fincastle, Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity United Methodist, Troutville Baptist Church, Tuesday Morning Club, Two Star Pony Studio, Water Works, WestRock, Winter Properties Partnership, and YMCA.
James River After Prom Committee
Donations being accepted for Fincastle fireworks
Even though it’s May we still have to start collecting donations for the Fourth of July fireworks display in Fincastle. The fireworks display will cost $7,000 this year because we had to hired a professional fireworks company, the same company, Master Display, as we had last year. Donations will be needed by the end of May.
Our Fourth of July fireworks display has been enjoyed by many people in Botetourt and other counties. Let your friends, co-workers, and families know about the Fincastle fireworks display. Come and have an enjoyable time together with family and friends.
Donations can be brought to the Fincastle Town Office or sent to Town of Fincastle , P.O. Box 250, Fincastle, 24090. You can call the Town Office at 540 473-2200 to use your debit or credit to make a donation.
Let’s make the 2023 Fincastle Fourth of July fireworks display the best show of the year.
Fourth of July Fireworks Committee
Suggestions about gun control
Somehow the public and Congress accepted by states as a hunting arm to hunt and kill game and fowl, in his or her state, are considered legal. My suggestions that follow are to assist in starting a meaningful discussion leading to a possible solution.
- Any weapon commonly accepted by states as a hunting arm to hunt and kill game and fowl, in his or her state, are considered legal. Examples are .22 to .38 calibers for rifles and pistols.
- The number of bullets allowed in the gun, used at the time, would be (3) for rifles, (2) for shotguns, and (6) for pistols for target shooting.
- These restrictions should not have any detrimental effect on a true hunter, target, or skeet shooter.
- The minimum age for purchasing a non-hunting type weapon will be 21.
- Possession of military type ammunition is prohibited by anyone other than active duty police, on-duty U.S. Military, or on-duty National Guard.
- Computer generated weapons, or attachments, are prohibited.
- Body armor must be kept under lock and key.
- All currently owned weapons that are beyond the limits set above would have to be kept unarmed and locked in a safe place.
- Background checks are required for keeping, or purchasing, any military type weapon and any weapon must be duly registered in the National Criminal Instant Background Check (NCIC) database before the weapon can change hands.
- Hunting and target-type weapons do not have to be registered—just comply with the hunting and target requirements.
The pertinent Constitutional Amendment regarding arms states: “a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” At the time, this was logical. But with the types of weapons available today, that amendment does not fit the current situation. The Second Amendment has morphed into a public belief that any type of weapon the arms companies put on the market are approved for use by anyone. At the time of the Constitution, the weapons available for the public and military were single shot weapons that took some time to reload—no 15- or 30-round clips.
Personally, I cannot see how anyone can produce a rational reason why they must have access to military-style arms, ammo, and gear. Those who believe the Second Amendment gives the absolute right to own, carry, and use this type of arms, is a very questionable opinion. The Constitution was written at the time to cover needs then. Conditions are much different now and require thoughtful updating.
Robert E. Lockhart
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