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Today's News

  • Car going wrong way on US 460 causes accident

    A North Carolina woman made what could have been a fatal mistake last week.

        According to Lt. Todd Foreman, of the Bedford City Police, Sergeant Robert Monk headed out on a report of an SUV driving the wrong way  on    U. S. 460 last Tuesday, May 7.

  • Rec plans take shape

        Plans on how recreation will be handled in the soon-to-be-established town of Bedford are beginning to take shape. A transition period will be built into the planning process as the current recreation department is dissolved with the new program eventually falling completely under the direction of the Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation.

  • BCEA: Pollard should apologize

        Two representatives of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA) used the citizen comment period of Monday night’s supervisors’ meeting to criticize remarks that District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard made during a meeting last month.
        Pollard, at the supervisors’ April 22 meeting, had referred to some county teachers as “a bunch of crybabies.”
        Cheryl Sprouse, president of the BCEA, called Pollard’s comments “very unprofessional and inappropriate.”

  • Sports commentary: Mercy mercy

     

    An acquaintance of mine happens to coach a soccer team.  That's not odd; I happen to have at least a dozen such acquaintances.  A couple of times this season this particular coach has caught grief for "running up the score."

    Apparently, his team violated some unwritten rule about how many times it can put the ball in the net.

    This phenomenon isn't limited to the game of soccer.  It seems as though such finger-pointing takes place in baseball, softball, basketball and football.

  • Eagle nine gets huge win

     

    This is the time of year when big wins are a must.

    That's why it's encouraging that all three county baseball teams have come up with such big wins lately.

     

    River on fire

    Staunton River may have had the biggest win of the lot.  The Golden Eagles took care of visiting William Byrd, 5-3, behind the inspired play of its group of seniors.

    The win did the following:

    -Dropped the Blue Ridge District-leading Terriers to 6-2, allowing Lord Botetourt to tie them for the lead.

  • Lady Cavs fall just short

     

    Everybody said they had no chance.

    Everybody was wrong.

    The Jefferson Forest softball team earned a bite at that apple we call the Seminole District's regular-season championship, in spite of the fact the team carries seven freshmen on its roster.

    The Lady Cavs fell short of the title trophy, coming tantalizingly close before falling to Rustburg, 3-0, in a nine-inning doozy of an affair.

  • Wandrei, Carson, Stanley, Vest make the top four

    The special election for Bedford Town Council, which replaces Bedford City Council on July 1 when Bedford reverts to a town, was not a contested election. Seven candidates ran for seven seats. However, the number of votes each received made a difference. The top four vote-getters won four year terms. The other three will have to stand for reelection in 2014 if they want to stay on town council.

    Bob Wandrei, Robert Carson, C. G. Stanley and Jim Vest made the top four. Wandrei got 194 votes, Carson got 184, Stanley got 171 and Vest got 170.

  • School board discusses new sites for middle school; public weighs in

    The Bedford County School Board is still looking at the possibility of constructing a new middle school near Liberty High School, but it appears any possibility of building the school on the current LHS site is gone.
    Following a public hearing to discuss the three alternate plans for building the new school at the LHS property, board members distanced themselves from that proposal, choosing to begin looking for new sites, including one off US 460 in which developer George Aznavorian has offered to donate about 40 acres for the school to be built there.

  • April unemployment report demonstrates need to change course

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, the Department of Labor issued the latest unemployment report indicating that 7.5 percent of Americans who are looking for work still cannot find a job. And as I traveled across the 5th District this week, from Pittsylvania County to Fauquier, it is clear that policies handed down from Washington are continuing to burden our families, farmers, and small businesses.

     

  • The ethanol mandate: Hurting American’s economy

    Who’s paying the costs of the federal ethanol mandate? Every family who shops in a grocery store or dines at a restaurant, every livestock producer who faces higher feed costs, and every motorist who fills up their tank at the gas station pays the price of this unworkable policy.