Today's News

  • Sups cut school budget

        The ball is now in the School Board’s court

        On Monday, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a budget that leaves the tax rate of 50 cents per $100 of assessed valuation unchanged.
        In the wake of the recent reassessment, this will mean a tax cut for most people. It will bring in about $2 million less than it did last year. The supervisors also eliminated the merchants’ capital tax, which brings in approximately $218,000.

  • YMCA embarks on fundraiser to help fund programs, memberships

        The Bedford Area YMCA is embarking on a fundraising effort, but this has nothing to do with building anything. It’s all about making sure that everybody can have the opportunity to use the facility that has already been built.

        According to Mike Moldenhauer, a member of the YMCA’s board of directors, the Y spent $70,000 last year  to subsidize memberships and support programs.

  • 'War's been declared'

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

    Staff Writer

        It appears there won't be an extra $1.1 million for Bedford County schools next year. And if the School Board decides to close any schools, there will be even less. Those were some of the decisions the Bedford County Board of Supervisors made during a budget work session Thursday, prior to Monday night's vote to approve the county budget.

  • Half dozen Minutemen to college gridirons

    By Mike Forster

    They’ll be scattering in all directions next fall.
    Six soon-to-graduate Liberty football players announced their intentions to a packed library at the High School on Wednesday.
    Only two will be heading to the same place. Matt Kerr and Ethan Taylor will both attend Christopher Newport. Kerr, a tight end, and Taylor, an offensive lineman, will seek action for the Captains at those positions.
    “They have a good program and they have the academics I’m looking for,” said Taylor.

  • Lord Bot yields naught to Eagles

    By Mike Forster

    Staunton River’s baseball team headed to Lord Botetourt while the Eagle softballers got a visit from the Lady Lords.
    In 13 innings of ball, though, not a single River runner made it home.
    In softball, the Bots topped the Lady Eagles, 13-0. In baseball, it was the Cavs winning, 5-0.
    It was an inauspicious Blue Ridge opener for each of the River crews, vying in a district that is widely considered to be one of the best at the AA level.
    The Lady Eagles were done in by a combination of too much Sam and not enough slam.

  • M-Men ‘hand’ game to Rusties

    Less than one percent. That’s how much of the game remained when Liberty saw its hopes dashed.
    To be precise, 24 seconds were left in a contest that the Minutemen seemed to have in hand, leading 4-3.
    That’s when Liberty was called for a handball in the 18-yard box.
    Rustburg’s Chris Skarpenes converted the resulting penalty kick to push the game into overtime.
    Skarpenes had converted an earlier handball call against the Minutemen into a tally that tied the match at two-apiece.
    In overtime, Skarpenes got his fourth goal of the evening with the game-winner.

  • River wins county softball matchup

    It took nine innings, but Staunton River earned a 6-5 victory over Liberty in softball action Monday night, completing a season sweep for the Golden Eagles over the Lady Minutemen.
    “It was a good, well-played game by both teams,” noted SR Coach Donald Dellis. “That was a big win for us.”
    Utilizing international rules in the ninth inning, which places a runner on second base, River plated two runs while Liberty scored one, breaking the 4-4 tie.
    “It’s always good to beat your county rival,” Dellis stated. “We were fortunate to beat them twice this year.”

  • Unbeaten Cav booters swamp Heritage

    Jefferson Forest continued its march through the Seminole, manhandling Heritage.
    The 6-0 score gave the Cavs an overall record of 6-0 and a 4-0 mark in Seminole District play.
    Marco Kempf led the Cavaliers, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist.
    Kempf drew first blood when he pounced on a blocked shot of teammate Devin Jones and blistered a shot past Pioneer keeper J.J. Johnson.
    A pass from Kempf found Doug Dickerson all by his lonesome, hanging around the Pioneer net. Dickerson converted for a 2-0 JF lead going into the halftime intermission.

  • Lady Cavs take super matchup

    That was a good one.
    Liberty and Jefferson Forest put on a donnybrook of a softball game on Wednesday night. The Lady Cavs prevailed, 6-2, though they didn’t have an easy time of it.
    Alexis Brown was the gal o’ the game, pitching the full seven innings for JF. The smokin’ sophomore looked to be in mid-season form. She faced only four more batters than the 21-batter minimum.
    Brown rang up 10 strikeouts, while allowing only four hits and a single walk. Both of Liberty’s runs were earned.

  • Cavs nearly let one slip away

    One team showed that it will always give you your money’s worth.
    The other showed that it has a knack for sticking around.
    In a game in which Jefferson Forest topped Liberty 10-7, both teams played to their stereotypes.
    Forest, though unbeaten, has yet to play a boring game.
    Liberty, down 10-1 after three innings, gave the Cavs pause with a five-run rally in the seventh.
    This one had the look of a mercy-rule game.
    After the teams opened the first tied 1-1, the JF offense really came to life.
    Cal Hodgert drew a base on balls. He was followed by a Bryan Miller single.