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Today's News

  • In the end, House Republicans opt for the same old thing

    When election time rolls around there's always plenty of talk of change. The problem, however, is regardless of who is elected, the eventual outcome almost always brings us more of the same.

    Take the recent action in the Virginia House of Delegates, for example.

    After more than 150 years of Democrat-controlled redistricting, the Republicans finally had their shot in 2001 to change the way the process was handled. Instead, it simply meant a new party was in charge.

  • Project will make news clippings available to the public

    A new project at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation will make a treasure trove of old newspaper clippings, available to the public.

    The collection of clippings were a pleasant surprise for the Foundation. A woman in Franklin County contacted Foundation workers and asked if they would like to have her mother's World War II scrapbooks.

    "I thought we were talking six or seven scrapbooks," said Shannon Brooks, the foundation's associate for research and publications.

    They received 16.

  • Quest Ministries taps into interest of local sportsmen

    There's no shortage of sports enthusiasts in Bedford County and Quest Ministries was established a decade ago at Palestine Baptist Church to reach out to them.

    The ministry continues to grow.

    This past weekend Quest Ministries sponsored its annual Wild Game Dinner with close to 1,000 area hunting and fishing sportsmen in attendance. It's an event that grows every year.

    "Our church family has just embraced it," said Rodney Dellis, about the Wild Game Dinner.

  • Big Island student wins county spelling bee

    Jackson Tomlin thought for a moment and then calmly spelled the word: "h-o-w-i-t-z-e-r."

    Bedford County, meet your new spelling bee champion.

    Jackson of Big Island Elementary School outlasted 16 other contestants last Wednesday to claim the county championship. As a result he advances to the regional contest next month in Roanoke.

    At first, Jackson said, his final word to win the spelling bee didn't register. "Then it just came to me," he said.

  • Elks National Home has been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places

    Have you ever known a New Yorker that had never been to the top of the Empire State Building? Or a Philadelphian who'd never been to visit the Liberty Bell?

    Many folks often take for granted the historical landmarks of their hometowns.

    The leadership of the Bedford Historical Society wanted to make sure that Bedfordites didn't miss out on an opportunity to discover one of our architectural jewels. The Society hosted a presentation about and a tour of the Elks National Home this past Sunday.

  • Charges certified against former SRHS teacher

    A former Staunton River High School teacher, arrested in January for having a sexual relationship with a student at the school, will have four charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial relationship sent to a Bedford County grand jury.

  • Parents pack meeting chamber

    It was standing room only at Monday night's Bedford County Board of Supervisors Meeting, as representatives from a recently formed citizen's group voiced their thoughts on the upcoming school budget proposal.

    The group Concerned Parents for Bedford County brought plenty of supporters with them filling all seats, lining the walls and loudly applauding each speaker.

  • Planning commission recommends Cedar Key rezoning

    Last week, Bedford County's planning commission found a solution to a zoning problem that members believe will satisfy the greatest number of people.

  • Eagle alum Witt is new football coach

    Staunton River Athletic Director Ricky Falls introduced Head Football Coach Rick Witt as the newest member of the Eagles' coaching cadre. Witt takes over his alma mater's program after a seven year stint as an assistant at William Byrd.

    "Everybody at Byrd couldn't say enough good things about him," said Falls. "It was refreshing to see someone who really wanted to be here." Falls received 18 applicants and interviewed 8 of those.

    "It's home," said Witt. "I loved my time at Staunton River...I really like the community"

  • The new Pete Rose--commentary

    Just when it looked as though Pete Rose was finally riding off into the sunset, along comes his replacement.

    I don't mean a replacement for Rose as the Major League Baseball's all-time hitting champ.

    No, I mean as a replacement for Rose as the Major League Baseball player who won't admit to his cruddy behavior and salvage a small piece of his reputation.

    The replacement is one of the most talented players of his time, who crossed into prohibited territory but whose ego won't allow him to 'fess up.

    Of course I'm talking about Roger Clemens.