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Today's News

  • Health insurance costs to impact school budget

        Employees with Bedford County Public Schools will likely have a new health insurance plan next year as the school system works to keep health insurance rates as low as possible.
        The Bedford County School Board met in the first of two work sessions to discuss the 2015 budget and much of that discussion focused on the cost of health care. If the school system decided to keep its current plans, premium costs would rise 28 percent, increasing the school system’s cost by $2.6 million.

  • Goodlatte, Hurt send letter to FERC about charges to Bedford

    Two area congressman have joined together to ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to look into what caused the town of Bedford’s energy costs to jump by $500,000 in January.
        In a letter to the FERC, Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt stated the town had raised concerns about the energy prices climbing in January because of congestion fees related to the transmission costs the town incurred. Typically the town would pay $60,000 a month for that but in January the cost was $560,000.

  • Campaign recognized for its efforts to promote seatbelt use, safe driving

        Students at Jefferson Forest High School have turned a tragedy into a rallying challenge for teen driving safety.

  • Search warrant: Mother confessed

        The mother of a child found dead Feb. 27 at a Peaksview Lane residence admitted to smothering the 2-year-old to death, investigators stated in a search warrant connected to the case.
        In multiple search warrants filed by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the investigators stated that Shana Marie Witt, 24, confessed “that she suffocated the child with a large stuffed dog” located in the child’s bedroom.

  • School system left looking for answers

    The action Monday night by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to delay any decision on what type of secondary school the county would provide funding for in the Liberty Zone has left the County School Board looking for answers.
        “We’re still looking for direction, what the next step should be,” stated School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler on the supervisors’ inaction. “We were hoping to have some direction by the end of March.”

  • Supervisors choose not to give school board direction within 60 days

        Bedford County’s supervisors decided, Monday night, to further postpone making a decision on what school construction option they will support in the Liberty attendance zone.
        The supervisors had been presented a series of school construction options at a joint meeting with the school board on Jan. 28. At that time, the supervisors asked for 60 days to make a decision. With the end of the 60 days approaching, Board Chairman John Sharp placed the issue to the supervisors for a decision.

  • Sports commentary: Making the right choice

     

    Financial advisors will tell you that you need to have diversification in your investments.  Good ones will, anyway.

    The idea is that a mix of stocks, bonds, real estate, cash and gold will minimize risk while giving you a decent return.

    Life is the same way.  A wide mix of activities makes for a richer life.  In other words, don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

    Of course, a wide range of involvement can often result in timing conflicts.

  • Softball preview: Jefferson Forest

     

    Children inherit from their parents.

    Unless you're talking about Jefferson Forest softball.

    New Head Coach Jay Gray takes over a team which was crafted, in part, by his daughter.  Joanna Hardin, Gray's kiddo, coached the team until the 2012 season.  She then moved on to coach at McNeese State.

    Last year, Bob McCarthy took the helm, leading the Lady Cavs into the second round of regional play.  Gray was his assistant.

    Now, Hardin's pop will see what he can do as he takes the reins.

  • Softball preview: Liberty

     

    The Liberty ladies have much to anticipate.  

    True, the team graduated one of the finest pitchers to ever hurl the tater for the Minettes.

    Yes, the team graduated some fine leadership, as well.

    But, the Liberty crew is a skilled one; young, but with buckets of experience.

    In fact, the team should be poised to do well over the next couple of years.

    But the focus, of course, is on this upcoming season.  And, going in, the Lady Minutemen look solid.

  • Softball preview: Staunton River

     

    It's a new look for the Staunton River diamond ladies.

    New coach.  New conference.  Some new faces.

    Whether that all translates into a new finish in the Blue Ridge remains to be seen.

    In other words, there's a lot of unknown here.  But those unknowns will become clear as the season progresses, no doubt.