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Today's News

  • Smyth takes Icebucket challenge

        Employee’s of Smyth took time out on a hot, humid afternoon last week to pour buckets of ice water over their heads.

        This wasn’t part of an effort to cool off. The 30 employees took the Icebucket Challenge in honor of Scott Carlquist, a Smyth employee at the company’s Minneapolis office who was recently diagnosed with ALS.

  • Fisher's Restaurant is coming back to town

        Fisher’s Restaurant is coming back, operated by the children of the folks who last ran the place.

         Long time Bedford residents know where Fisher’s was, but for those who don’t, it’s the brick building on 4th Street, just before you go under the railroad trestle. The red brick building kind of looks like it may have been a gas station at one time. That’s because long ago Fisher’s also sold gas and the front was a covered area for the pumps.

  • Water projects move ahead

    The Bedford County Planning Commission gave a unanimous thumbs up last week to two projects proposed by the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA).

  • School Board to pick second school to close

        Having received more than 100 recommendations to improve efficiency in the school system, Bedford County Public Schools has already taken steps to work on or complete around 25 percent of those.
        And in the upcoming few weeks, one of the most controversial of those recommendations will take center stage.

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  • Start of new era for JF

     

    Just like nearly every other high school team across the Commonwealth, Jefferson Forest kicks off its regular-season football slate this Friday evening.

    It's hard, though, to imagine many of those schools have as much momentum as do the Cavs.

    In last Friday's warm-up game against Western Albemarle, all systems seemed to be "go."

    Under the watchful eyes of over 1,000 fans (for a game that doesn't count!), including the maniacal Hype Platoon, the Cavs seemed to be in mid-season form.

  • Football game preview: Liberty at Staunton River

     

    You can't blame Liberty and Staunton River if they feel like a couple of vegetarians sitting down at the Outback Steakhouse.

    On Friday night, the two teams bring a pair of mighty running games to the Eagles' Nest.  Liberty's old Maryland stacked-I and the Staunton River unbalanced single wing are primarily designed to move the ball on the ground.  The ability to do so will, in large part, determine the success of the two teams.

  • Sports commentary: Sheesh-cago!

     

    Forgive me if I come across as a sourpuss in this week's column.  But I'm a Cubs fan which, almost by definition, tends to make one dour.

    That sentiment was magnified this weekend, as the Cubbies swept the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field.

    "Wait a minute," you might be thinking.  "Isn't a trio of victories a cause for celebration?"

    Not in Cubs World, my friends.

    You see, in that magical (albeit not wonderful) place, the Cubs have a way of torching things by winning.

  • A pro-consumer, pro-competition policy

    Have you ever wanted to switch wireless carriers, but keep the same phone? Or have you purchased a used phone recently and planned to activate it on a different wireless network? It seems like common sense to me. Consumers who have completed their phone contracts or have purchased a used phone should be able to activate their device on their network of choice. However, if you’ve tried to do that in the last year, you know that this simple action is no longer allowed under current law. But, that’s about to change.