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Today's News

  • Public hearing on possible school closings is Monday

    The Bedford County School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students.

        In anticipation of that meeting, residents of the Body Camp and Moneta communities came together this weekend to prepare for the week ahead.

  • Schools reap rewards of promoting positive behavior

    A new initiative to promote positive behavior in Bedford County Public Schools is showing impressive results. And people are noticing.

    Recently, Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Robert Louis Harrison Jr. gave out awards to school administrators, praising them for their work through the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The goal of the program—in partnership with students, families and the school community—is to “create a safe, supportive and successful learning environment.”

  • There's nothing LAX-adaisical about these guys!

     

    It's the little train that could.

    Jefferson Forest High School's boys' lacrosse team has come a great ways since its humble beginnings.

    Starting out as a twinkle in the eye, growing as a part of the Forest Youth Athletic Association until splitting off to become a club sport at the high school, the team has really hit its stride this year.

  • Tennis, anyone?

     

     

    A nice season got even nicer.

    The Liberty girls' tennis team laid claim to the first-ever Conference 30 championship.  Not only that, the duo of Carly Richardson and Morgan Karnes took the title in doubles play.

    Their crown was also the first to bear "Conference 30" upon it.

    Of course, this is the first year of existence for the conference.  And, what a year for these Liberty ladies.

    They took the team title by cruising over Brookville, 6-2.

  • Record-breaking quartet

     

    Early during the Conference 24 outdoor track championships, the announcer at the E.C. Glass site let it be known that every event winner would establish a meet record.

    That's how it goes at an inaugural meet.

    While 34 meet records were set that day, the Jefferson Forest 4 X 800 team wasn't concerned about being one of them.  The team of Abby May, Madelynn Knight, Erin Saunders and Alyssa Shupe had its collective eyes on another prize:  a school record.

    That, and beating archrival E.C. Glass.

  • Minettes romp in Conference 30 track

     

    It may have been the first-ever Conference 30 championship but, for Liberty's girls team, it was the usual script.

    The Minettes used their great depth and proficiency across events to dominate the conference meet, hosted by Heritage last Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Girls results

    1.  Liberty        233.5

    2.  Heritage           137

  • River soccer girls nearly win title

     

    They came close, but they missed the brass ring.

    Have no fears, though: They'll still likely go far.

    Staunton River's girls' soccer team saw its aspirations of a Blue Ridge regular-season crown torched on the fields of Daleville.

    Specifically, the Lady Eagles were bounced by the Bots, 4-1.

    Fortunately, a get-well plan arrived in the form of Alleghany.

    Over the course of three nights, the Staunton River booters solidified their places in the district with a duo of wins over the Mountaineers.

  • River baseball crew wins top seed in conference

     

    They continue to impress.

    This group of youngish Golden Eagles are making hay on the baseball diamond.

    Staunton River's latest achievement was earning the top spot in the Conference 30 playoffs.  It's more than just an honorarium:  The prize includes a valuable first-round bye, the only one issued for the seven-team field.

    River controlled its own destiny going into the final week of the regular season.  The Eagles faltered, at first, absorbing a 5-3 loss on the fields of Lord Bot.

  • Forest opens strong in post-season

     

     

    Ready or not, playoff action got underway with games on Monday.

    Two days after seniors from Bedford County High Schools marched across the stage at the Vines Center to receive their diplomas, some of their teams marched into the post-season fray.

    It was a mixed bag for the locals. 

    Jefferson Forest showed an affinity for Monday.  In four games, all played on Cav fields, the school posted a perfect 4-0 mark, doing so with uneven levels of ease.

  • Sports commentary: Help wanted

     

    It seems that everyone has their hand out lately.

    Barely a day goes by when you're not solicited by some good cause or another.

    Well, let me join in the fun.

    The good news is, I'm not looking to hit you up for any of your treasure.  

    What I seek is your brain and the thinking it can generate.  You see, summer is just around the corner, and I'll need your help.