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Today's News

  • After 40 years, school bids teacher goodbye

        Patricia Hogue wasn’t the only one reaching for tissues when the staff and children of Otter River Elementary School surprised her with a special assembly Tuesday morning.

        Her fellow teachers could be seen dabbing their eyes.
        Hogue is retiring at the end of this year after 40 years as an elementary school teacher. Her entire career was spent in Bedford County Public Schools — the last 35  at Otter River Elementary.

  • A look back at history

        A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources that recalls one of the worst train accidents in Virginia history, in which at least 18 people died in Thaxton, was dedicated in the county Tuesday.

  • Man enters plea in fatal accident case

        A Lynchburg man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court in connection with a fatal accident that occurred Halloween in 2013.

  • Bedford woman killed in accident

        A 41-year-old Bedford woman died in a single-car accident Monday morning on Timber Ridge Road in Bedford.

        Alisha R. Downin was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a report from the Virginia State Police, Downin was driving on Timber Ridge Road around 7 a.m. when her 1994 Chevy Lumina ran off the road to the right, she overcorrected and went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned.

  • Sports commentary: Betrayed

     

    Now I know what it’s like to have your wife cheat on you with your best friend.

    OK, that’s a little strong.  At least I know what it’s like to have two organizations of which I am extremely fond get nailed for doing something that I consider untoward.

  • Heading to the post-season!

     

    All the pieces to the puzzle haven’t been provided.  But, we think we’ve got enough of them to give you an idea of how this Spring’s playoffs picture looks.  At least, for the first round.

     

    Liberty

    The good news for Liberty is that it is part of the five-team Conference 30.  Of the quintet that comprises that conference, two will advance to regionals.

    The bad news is that, for the most part, it’s a tough row to hoe in 30.

  • min-nets max nets

     

    Central Bedford County doesn’t have a reputation for being a tennis hotbed.

    But that seems to be changing thanks, in large part, to the Liberty girls’ tennis team.

    The crew of racketeers made mincemeat of the competition in winning the Conference 30 title last week.

    Of the team’s second-straight conference title, Head Coach Ramona Murray said, “We’ve had success because the girls play so hard and enjoy learning about tennis.  They aren’t just out there.”

  • River rocks Rocks

     

    Whenever Eagles and Wildcats get together, feathers and fur are sure to fly.

    That was the case on Friday evening.  But it was the aerial predators which got the upper hand, er, talon, over their feline foes.

    Staunton River topped Rockbridge, County in baseball, softball and boys soccer while settling for a tie on the girls’ pitch.

    All was good on the homefront, where the softball and boys’ soccer teams gave the local fans a start before picking up wins.  

  • A win-win

     

    Both girls’ soccer teams came into Monday night’s game at Sabre Stadium in need of something.

    Jefferson Forest needed a crisp win over a solid opponent to rid itself of the bad taste in its mouth, a residual of its being throttled by E.C. Glass late last week.

    Liberty needed to hang with one of the premier teams in the area in order to steady itself for the upcoming playoff slog.

  • Our veterans deserve better from the VA

    Last month marked one year since we learned of the gross mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that resulted in tragic outcomes for those who have made countless sacrifices to protect our nation’s freedoms. The problems within the VA are the result of a broken system, and though our work is far from over, the House has worked to implement meaningful, structural reforms to ensure our veterans have the care they deserve.