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Today's News

  • Area residents speak out

        An occasionally angry crowd of parents filled the auditorium at Staunton River High School for a public hearing held so they could voice their opinions on the possibility of closing an elementary school in the Staunton River attendance zone.
        “This is an information hearing,” said School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler as he opened the public hearing. Hostutler said the school  board  was  there  to gather public input and would not answer questions at that time.

  • School Board to discuss school closings Thurs.

        They’ve toured the schools; they’ve listened to hours of comments from the public.

        They’ve had phone calls and emails.
        They’ve seen the signs; they’ve answered questions from the media.
        Now, it’s time to decide—maybe.

  • New scoring mark at JF

    Let's face it:  Jefferson Forest soccer is a powerhouse.

    Indeed, the Cavs and Lady Cavs have been a major player in the state for a couple of decades.

    During that time, a number of magnificent players have donned the black and red.

    Guys like Jim and David Rochow, Adam Roscioli and Tim and Tyler Bullock.

    On the ladies' side, you have notables such luminaries as Chelsea Hayes, Brittany Gallagher and Laura Golon.

    But only one name can sit atop the list of most prolific scorers in Jefferson Forest soccer history.

  • Glass is tops in 4A-North, but JF makes point

     

     

    It's hard to top the Hilltoppers.

    In fact, it's downright impossible.

    E.C. Glass made mincemeat out of the rest of the 4A-North region, literally running away with championships in both the men's and women's sides of the house.

    Powered by nine national elite performances and nine first-place finishes, the Hilltoppers were nothing short of dominant.

  • Liberty lasses rise

     

    Bedford County ladies continued to impress on the track.  This time, they brought their speed and strength to the 3A-West regional meet, held at Cave Spring.

    At last weekend's competition, the county contingent was led by Megan Beisser and Alexus Pannell.  Beisser, who had just graduated from Liberty last weekend, posted a first place in the 100 hurdles for her recent alma mater.  Pannell, a rising senior, nabbed top honors in the triple jump.

    Top 10 women's teams

  • Sports commentary: Weighty issues

     

    "This pricing is unfair," I thought to myself.

    It had that thought as the wife and I were shopping for running shoes the other day.

    Now, I know that sentence is fraught with incongruities.  For example, the wife and I really shouldn't go shopping for anything together.  At the grocery, while she's filling the cart with staples, such as flour, breakfast cereal and bananas, I'm trying to slip large bags of beef jerky and lime-flavored Tostitos onto it.

    Alas, such goodies typically get the boot.

  • Lady Minutemen: last off the diamond

     

    Bedford County has suddenly taken on the likeness of a pawnbroker's safe:  Lots of unused diamonds.

    That dynamic (or lack thereof) was a result of a rough slate of conference games which left all of our baseball teams and all but one of our softball teams on the outside, looking in.

    That sole remaining team is the Liberty Lady Minutemen.  Or, we should say, it was the Liberty belles.  They, too, suffered the harsh reality of being bounced, though their termination came in regional play, the only county team to so advance.

  • County: Soccermania!

     

    We may not yet rival the likes of Brazil, Italy or Spain.

    But, Bedford is certainly becoming a hotbed of soccer.

    The fruits of many years of labor paid off last week as five of the six local high school varsity squads advanced to regional competition.

  • Vote to delay school closing fails

    A request to delay a decision on closing either Moneta Elementary School or Body Camp Elementary school failed on two separate votes Thursday night during a meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

  • Small businesses are the key to more jobs

    By Congressman Robert Hurt