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Today's News

  • Former teacher will have one trial for all three students he is accused of touching

        Harry Claiborne Dillard, 61, a former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools, will face all three aggravated sexual battery charges against him in one trial.
        Dillard was in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday morning, to determine if the charges would be tried at one time, or in separate trials.

  • Don't close our school

        A public hearing, held last week at Liberty High School’s auditorium on the question of whether to close Bedford Primary School or Thaxton Elementary School, was a polite affair. The crowd only filled the front of the auditorium and nearly all the speakers spoke on behalf of Thaxton.
        “We understand what a very difficult decision you have ahead of you,” commented Sarah Mayhew.

  • School decision could come Thursday

        The first time Thaxton Elementary School faced being closed by the Bedford County School Board, Kelly Harmony helped lead the effort to keep that school open.
        That volunteer effort worked and no schools that year were closed.
        Now Harmony is a member of the school board, but her stance has remained constant; she doesn’t want any community schools to be closed.

  • Sports Commentary: New on the New

     

    At some point in a man's life, he's the New Guy.  The new kid at school or on the block or on a team.  The new guy at work or at church or at the old folks' home.

    Being the New Guy is a rite of passage, and we all go through it.  I understand there is a similar dynamic for the fairer sex but,  having no experience as a New Gal, I'll stick to what I know.

  • Young Eagles take flight

     

    Call it a rebuilding year.  Or, if you prefer, call it a reloading year.

    Either way, it will be a year of growth and opportunity for an extremely young Staunton River cross country team.

    The Golden Eagles got their first taste of competition for the 2014 year when they ran at Watson Farm, home of the Rustburg program.

    Under balmy conditions, Head Coach Joe Curcio sent out his minions against the likes of Brookville, E.C. Glass and the host Red Devils.

  • JF volleyball in the air

     

    Will this be a big year for the Jefferson Forest volleyball crew?

    Or, will the Lady Cavs play second fiddle to other teams in both the Seminole District and Conference 24?

    The lasses in black and red seem to have the talent.  That was on display last Thursday as they dispatched William Byrd in workmanlike fashion.

    The Lady Cavs also got a look at some potential Conference 24 competition, hosting Salem and E.C. Glass on Saturday afternoon.

  • Minutemen roll Rocks

     

    The good news is that Liberty hung more points on an opponent than it has during the Chris Watts Era.

    The bad news is that the Minutemen had to do so.

    The Minutemen escaped with a 63-38 win over a persistent and pesky bunch from Rockbridge County last Friday night.  The win improved the Minutemen to 2-0, overall.

  • JF seeks to go to 3-0

     

    There are plenty of players on Jefferson Forest who recall last year's stunning loss at Appomattox.

    What lessons those young men learned from that defeat will be clear when they get another crack at the Raiders, Friday night at Sabre Stadium.

    It might be easy to overlook the visitors.  In their first game of the season, the Raiders were dominated by Buckingham County, 20-7.  During that game, the Raiders were only able to manage a paltry 115 yards of total offense, with a mere 53 of those coming on the ground.

  • Eagles to fly to William Campbell

     

    When the VHSL released this year's football schedule, Staunton River's seemed to be a mixed bag.  On the one hand, the Eagles started out with a pair of tough games.

    On the other, what looked to be a potential salve sat on the Eagles' calendar in Week 3.  Well, William Campbell could be considered a salve if you're the type who puts Tabasco sauce on a burn.

    Staunton River will attempt to earn its first win of the season after getting a double whammy from Bedford County foes.

  • A Christmas-y homecoming

     

    The theme at Jefferson Forest was "Christmas."

    The student-section "Hype Platoon" was bedecked in Santa Hats.  Giant stockings festooned the stands.  Even the snack shack was decked out in Christmas lights.

    And, in that spirit, there was plenty of giving on the field of play.  By both teams.

    In the end, the Cavs took on the role of the Grinch, handing Staunton River a lump of coal for its efforts, 43-22.