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Today's News

  • Supervisors not ready to make a call on what school to build

        It’s been noted that Bedford County’s supervisors, with the exception of District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington, had little to say after the school board presented three school construction options to them at a joint meeting at the end of last month. They asked for time to consider these options, and discuss them among themselves before making a decision.
        Most of them feel that there are a lot of unknowns involved in all the options, and they need time to digest the information they do have.

  • Fire chiefs want county to provide more money to support departments

        Bedford’s volunteer fire chiefs believe the county’s new fire department funding formula is inadequate, according to Eric Shell, Hardy’s fire chief.
        Shell, representing the county’s fire commission and backed by various fire chiefs who filled two pews in the supervisors’ meeting chamber, spoke before the county supervisors at a work session Monday night.
        Shell said the fire departments have had  flat funding for 20 years.

  • Sports Commentary: Pisces' lament

     

    Twenty-eight days of nothing.

    The month of February used to be derided by sports pundits, using the above statement to point out:  a) it is the shortest month and b) it contained nothing of value sports-wise.

    As a guy who tries his best to be pundity about sports, that hurt, since I was born in February.

    Until recently, such disparagement was deserved.  After all, February had no baseball, no football, no college basketball tournaments and no NBA or NHL playoffs.

  • Signed, sealed and delivered

     

    They've made their marks on Jefferson Forest soccer.

    Pretty soon, Cassidy Ratliff and Matt Crider will be doing so at the next level.

    The pair of Jefferson Forest standouts signed letters of intent last Wednesday to play college ball.  Ratliff will be heading to Radford, while Crider is going to the United States Naval Academy.

    Ratliff has been a prolific scorer whose toughness and aggressiveness have been matched only by her speed on the field.

  • Meet-and-greet at JF

     

    A memorable quote from the comedy classic, The Blues Brothers, was "We're putting the band back together."

    Newly appointed Jefferson Forest Head Football Coach Bob Christmas seems to be following Jake and Elwood's lead.  Only, instead of a blues band, he's reuniting elements from Jefferson Forest's glory years.

    And instead of filling spots in a band, he's completing a coaching staff.

  • County matmen shine at conference tourneys

     

    In case you wanted to question the strength that Bedford County schools are building in wrestling, consider last weekend's performances.

    Bedford may not yet be a hot spot, but it's sure warming up.

    While the Christiansburgs and Grundys of the grappling world shouldn't yet be concerned, Bedford wrestlers are certainly making their marks in the sport.

    The latest display of growth and improvement came over the past weekend, during conference wrestling tournaments.

  • Girls hoops roundup

     

    My, how times have changed.  And how they haven't.

    It used to be that Staunton River and Jefferson Forest were the two teams vying for Bedford County supremacy.

    This year, Liberty was coronated queen o' the county.

    But, that doesn't mean that when Jefferson Forest and Staunton River get together, it isn't a knock-down, drag 'em out affair.

    That's exactly what they had in Moneta.

  • Boys hoops roundup

     

    That's how you wrap up a regular season.  At least, that's how you do it if you happen to be a Liberty Minuteman hoopster.

    The M-Men put an exclamation point on a fine season, taking care of Jefferson Forest, 55-45, in workmanlike fashion to close out the regular season with a Seminole District mark of 9-3.

  • Bedford company expanding workforce

    Bedford County’s Office of Economic Development has announced that The Matrixx Group, a Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. company, is growing and expanding its workforce to meet increased customer demands. The company is located in the Bedford Center for Business (1660 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA 24523) and is a leading manufacturer of thermoplastic compounds for various industries.

    The Matrixx Group/Citadel Plastics has moved to a four-shift, 24/7 operation and currently has nine open positions including:

  • The state of our opportunity

    For generations of Americans, a sense of opportunity has long defined the promise of our nation.  This opportunity to succeed embodies the American Dream.  However, in recent years, a growing federal government and weak economy has threatened this opportunity.  Just a few days ago, Members of Congress gathered in the House Chamber to hear President Obama deliver his State of the Union address.  While I listened to the speech with hope that I would hear a new, viable plan for job creation and economic growth, I was disheartened that, yet again, I heard many of the same faile