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Today's News

  • Honor Flight stop brings two Silver Star honorees together

        A visit to the National D-Day Memorial by Honor Flight of East Tennessee, resulted in a rare occurrence.

        The Silver Star is America’s third highest medal for valor under fire. One out of 133,000 men who fought in the Korean War was awarded that medal and the Honor Flight visit brought two of them together by chance. They had never met each other before.

  • It's a doggone good idea!

        Fran Burns, a Lake-area resident,  has made a contribution to the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department that could help some household pets breath easier in future emergencies.

  • Program helps area residents protect homes from wildfires

        A federal grant, administered by the Virginia Department of Forestry, brought a crew out to Karnes Road to help homeowners mitigate the risk that a wildfire would pose to their houses. A company called Titan Wildfire Resources, working with Bedford County Fire and Rescue, provided this service at no cost to the property owners.

        The idea of the work is to create a defensible space around the houses, according to Steve Spangler, a Titan representative.

  • Reeter settles in to job

        Mark Reeter, Bedford County’s new county administrator, feels that his arrival right in the middle of the budget process was perfect. Reeter’s first day was March 4 and the process of developing the county’s budget for the new fiscal year had already passed the mid-point.

  • School board begins cutting its budget

        During a work session Thursday, the Bedford County School Board began the chore of chopping $3.5 million from its proposed budget in order to match the expected local funding from the Board of Supervisors.
        The meeting was held at the School Board Office Conference Room located at 311 S. Bridge Street in Bedford. In action taken by the board  on  Thursday, all future school board meetings will be held there, instead of the Bedford Science and Technology Center, unless prior notice is given.

  • Supervisors adopt $89M budget; Pollard takes shot at teachers

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved an $89.17 million budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. This includes a local transfer of $38.04 million to Bedford County Schools, $3.5 million less than the school board had asked for.

        Although all supervisors voted in favor of the budget, some expressed concerns. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin wanted assurance that the budget did not endanger the 3 percent raises for school employees that the school board’s budget contained.

  • Otey in as JF's new Athletic Director

     

    He's the man.

    Or, at least he soon will be so.

    Jefferson Forest principal Tony Francis announced that the school has hired a new athletic director.

    Stepping into the role on July 25 will be John Otey.

    "He's very organized and takes on challenges," said Francis of the man who won out a nine-horse race for the position.

  • Boys soccer roundup

     

    The Staunton River boys soccer team looked solid on defense.

    The offense?  Well, that appears to be a work in progress.

    The Golden Eagles wound up on the short end of a 2-1 game with Northside.

    The Rivermen shook off two early Viking goals and drew within striking distance, but just couldn't find the trigger to tie things up.  As a result, the Eagles find themselves in the cellar of the Blue Ridge, saddled with a district mark of 0-3.

  • Girls soccer roundup

     

    In recent years, while the JF girls soccer team would win the battle of the scoreboard, it was Brookville that won the battle of the bruises.

    Not this time.

    The Lady Cavs came away with a convincing 3-0 win over the Bees.  The JF crew also gave as good as it got in a physical, though cleanly played match at Sabre Stadium.

    Senior Ashlie Freeman set the tone when she took a feed from Alyssa Mitchell and blasted a sand wedge over the head of Bee keeper Kaily Weiss just a few minutes into the game.

  • Baseball roundup

     

    Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any name smells just as sweet.

    Jefferson Forest's baseball team picked up a win over Heritage, but this one was anything but sweet.

    "It was ugly," said JF Head Honcho Jim Thacker of the 4-3 victory.  "But it was a win."

    It almost was both ugly and a loss.  If that was the case, the Cavs might be thinking the unthinkable:  the regular season district trophy sitting somewhere besides the JF trophy case.  A place such as Amherst County, for example.