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Today's News

  • Bedford House at a standstill

        Bedford House, Bedford’s community-built hospice house, closed in December and remains closed.
        According to Susan Epling, who took over as president of Bedford House’s board of directors on July 27, the hospice house was the victim of new state regulations that made it impossible to operate  as it was originally envisioned.

  • Farm takes you back in time to another era

    Ruby Laughon grew up on a tobacco farm that has been in her family since the end of the 19th century.

  • BRWA moves forward with project

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) held what its director, Brian Key, promised is the first of several public information meetings on a proposed water line plan.

        The plan calls for building a new water treatment plant on the site of the former Camp 24. It would draw 6 million gallons of water out of Smith Mountain Lake, with a potential of being expanded to produce up to 12 million gallons.

  • JF student facing charges

        A Jefferson Forest High School student is facing criminal charges—as well as severe school discipline—for allegedly making a bomb threat at the school last week.
        Last Thursday morning at 11:11 a.m. a student reported to a teacher that there was a threat written on a wall in the boys’ rest room. The school administration and the school resource officer were immediately made aware of the threat.

  • Sports Commentary: Auto-message

     

    "So, your new lady friend is a Wiccan, huh?"

    Those words were spoken to me many years ago.

    At the time, I lived in Richmond.  At the time, my next door neighbor was a musician:  as laid back as they come.  He was a pleasant fellow, cut from the stereotypical cloth of the 1960's style hippie.

    He had wandered over my way after the woman who would become the wife had just departed my abode, asking his nonsensical question.

    "What are you talking about, Cory?" I asked.

  • County clash a' comin'

     

    Two teams with a lot in common will square off this Friday evening, when Jefferson Forest drops by Moneta for a bout with Staunton River.

    Sure, there are the obvious points of commonality:  both are Bedford teams, both have black as their primary uniform color, both schools' names resonate with nature (woods and streams).

  • Next up: Liberty heads to Rockbridge

     

    Over the past few years, Liberty has had a relatively easy go in its second week of the season.

    In fact, over the past six years, the Minutemen were able to ring up big scores against teams with a combined record of 17-45.

    During that stretch, the only playoff team the M-Men faced was Staunton River, in 2011.

    During two seasons, they faced teams in that second week which would go on to post exactly zero wins for the season.

    Those days, it seems, are gone.

  • Ladies hit the hardwoods

     

    The guys may own Friday nights.  But Tuesdays and Thursdays?  They're ladies' nights.

    Those are the two predominant evenings for catching local volleyball.  All three high schools kicked off their regular seasons last week, with Staunton River hosting Liberty in a clash of county rivals.

    Jefferson Forest, meanwhile, took on a pair of Blue Ridge District powerhouses.

    The bottom line:  It's still too early to tell what we've got on the hardwoods.

  • JF nearly perfect

     

    What was there not to like about Jefferson Forest's season-opening win over Halifax County?

    At the end of the affair, the scoreboard read:  Home 55, Visitors 14.  That's always nice.

    Additionally, the Cavalier offense treated the Comet defense the way Rosie O'Donnell might handle Open Cheesecake Night.

    Led by cool-headed quarterback Ryan Crist and a three-headed running attack, the Cavs amassed 549 total yards of offense.

  • M-Men roll Eagles

     

    They've got 21st-century perfection.

    Going into last Friday night's tilt against Staunton River, Liberty had not lost a season-opening game this century.  After topping the Eagles, 32-13, that remarkable fact remains true.

    Quarterback Austin Porter ran the dreaded Liberty option in nearly flawless fashion and was part of a trio of Minutemen who raced for over 100 yards apiece.  Porter ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries.