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Today's News

  • Not a typical 11-year-old

        Ryan Balderston, of Thaxton, sometimes thinks of himself as “a 40-year-old in an 11-year-old body.”

  • Board names D-Day Foundation president

        Now there is only one.

        After having co-presidents for eight months, the National D-Day Foundation now has a sole president; April Cheek-Messier was offered the post and has accepted it.
         Cheek-Messier, the daughter of District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, is a Bedford County native and a 1990 Staunton River High School graduate. Her father was in Staunton River’s first graduating class and her mother, Sheron Allen Cheek, was in Liberty High School’s first graduating class.

  • Activity helps woman with MS

        “I was told a long time ago I’d never walk again,” said Debra Rice.

        Rice, who lives at Salem Court Apartments, got that cheerful news from a doctor in 1991. Rice has multiple sclerosis (MS) an autoimmune disease. Her immune system attacks the myelin sheaths that cover nerves, disrupting their function.

  • Football's foundation

     

    They sure do love their football in Forest.  And Goode.  And Boonsboro.

    That sentiment became abundantly clear as the Forest Youth Association (of the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department) played host to a massive football camp last week.

    Nearly 60 aspiring gridiron stars invaded Nissan Field, off Rte. 811 for this year's camp.

  • Off to the playoffs

     

    Now the stakes are at their highest.

    After a solid run through its regular-season American Legion slate, Big Island Post 217 now takes aim at tournament glory.

    Big Island is heading into the post-season fray with a bit of wind at its back, and some in its face.

    On Thursday night, it topped Vinton Post 80 in a rain-shortened affair, 2-0.

    On Saturday, the Islanders hosted Martinsville Post 42 in a double header that ended the regular season on a less-than- positive note.

  • Sports commentary: Los gordos

    The news has been heavy lately. As in fat.
    Two items that have recently hit the national conscience involve weighty matters.
    The first is that the United States is no longer the fattest nation on earth. Mexico, of all countries, has supplanted us as the country with the greatest percentage of its people falling into the obese category.
    Or should I say that Mexico now has the largest percentage of ill people. That's because the second news item tells us that the American Medical Association (AMA) has deemed obesity to be a disease.
    More on that later.

  • The Old Dudes of Summer
  • Fields sentenced on fraud charges

        A Bedford County man who was a fugitive from justice for more than a year was sentenced last week in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg on a variety of fraud charges.

  • Four day hikers rescued

        On July 4, just after 8 p.m., a call was received from Big Island Volunteer Fire Chief Brandon Cocke to Bedford County 911 Communication Center requesting deployment of the Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue’s Special Operations Command Team to aid in the rescue of several day hikers who needed assistance. 

  • Is this really the American dream?

    It’s interesting and ironic that we celebrate the anniversaries of both the Battle of Gettysburg and Independence Day over the same few days on the calendar.
        On the Fourth, last week, we marked yet another anniversary of    our Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, who had penned the phrase “all men are created equal.”