Today's News

  • Presidential, congressional elections take center stage

    Tuesday is the big day.

    Not only do we elect a new president, but every House of Representatives seat is up for grabs as are a number of Senate seats. Virginians will choose a new senator to replace John Warner, who is not seeking reelection. Two former governors are vying to fill the seat. Locally there are elections in both the Fifth and Sixth Congressional Districts.

    Jim Gilmore, the Republican candidate for Senate, served as governor from 1998 until 2002 after serving as the Commonwealth's attorney general from 1994 to 1998.

  • Six weeks of learning culminates in mock election

    For the past six weeks students at Bedford Elementary School have been bombarded with presidential campaign commercials, political polls and visits from campaign representatives. On Monday, the students held a mock election debate on the major issues of the presidential race. This Thursday the students vote.

    If all of this sounds familiar, that's a positive outcome.

    The effort has been both a lesson in how government works and a chance for the elementary students to be engaged with this year's presidential election.

  • The Great Carving

    The smell of pumpkins permeated the halls of Bedford Primary School Saturday.

    Inside the cafeteria, some 400 pumpkins were being carved, each representing a unique design of students and staff at the school. This Thursday and Friday those pumpkins will be placed around the drive in front of the school with lit candles inside and the school's PTA will hold a bake sale as a fundraiser.

  • Four candidates for four seats

    Bedford will hold elections for City Council in November. City Council elections are at-large elections and there are four candidates running for four seats.

    Skip Tharp

    Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp has been on City Council since 1992. He's a Bedford native and 1965 Liberty High School graduate who runs a family owned business. Tharp said that he ran for council, and routinely seeks reelection, because serving there gives him the chance to get things done, to make things happen. Local government, he said, is what has the most direct affect on people.

  • County officials upbeat on local economic development

    Although the news media has been full of bad-news stories on the economy, Bedford County officials are upbeat on local economic development.

    Sue Montgomery, the county's director of economic development pointed to The Matrixx Group, which built on a 20-acre site at Bedford Center for Business, located off Independence Aveune, in Bedford,

    “They are very happy with their location,” commented Montgomery.

    She said that Matrixx expects to expand, eventually tripling the plants current size. The company makes plastic from raw materials.

  • Crash claims county teen

    A county teen was killed in a head-on crash, Monday morning, while driving to school.

    According state police, Tiffany Skylar LaPrade, 16, was driving east on Va. 24 when her 2001 Toyota Camry crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Dodge truck driven by Rodney Whorley, of Huddleston. LaPrade's car then hit an east-bound Honda Accord driven by Crystal Mayhew, of Vinton.

    LaPrade, who died at the scene, was wearing her seat belt and was alone in the car.

  • Cavs squeak by Rusties

    Jefferson Forest roared out to a commanding lead, watched Rustburg exploit a couple of opportunities, then relied on the vaunted Cav defense to close out the Red Devils.

    The 20-14 win had everyone on the Forest side breathing a sigh of relief.

    “A win’s a win,” said Cav Head Coach Don Rice immediately following the tilt. “I told the seniors not to make this their last home game.”

    A loss would have virtually assured that the Cavs would finish in the lower tier of playoff teams (if at all) in Division 4.

  • Commentary: Short rants

    By now, you’ve heard all the whining about how this World Series is the Clash of the Midgets. Or how it is a World Series between JV teams.

    Yes, both teams have known futility

    The Phillies were the first team in the majors to suffer 10,000 defeats.

    Tampa Bay has never had a winning season until this year.

    So, I agree, historically, both teams are bad.

    But, we’re not talking history here. We’re talking today.

    Once the Cubs (sob) and the Angels were knocked out, there was no clearly better team left in the running.

  • Staunton River looks to Amherst after falling to Bees

    The U.S. consumer has recently been hit by the double whammy of high gas prices and shrinking home values.

    General Motors has recently been nailed by drooping sales and a nose-diving stock price.

    And the Staunton River football Eagles face the double-whammy of Brookville and Amherst.

    The Bees, the top team in Region III, Division 3, handled the Eagles easily this past Friday, 35-7.

    The Lancers, the top team in Region III, Division 4, will host the Eagles this Friday on their turf.

  • Cavs go up against Bassett

    The question that is top-of-mind for all Jeff Forest fans: Which Bassett team will show up when the Bengals entertain the Cavs this Friday evening?

    In fairness, the Bassett fans are probably asking the same thing about Forest.

    With a ton riding on this game, the presumption is that both teams will show up at their best.

    For the Cavs, the stakes are enormous. At this late date in the season, the Division 4 playoff picture is unclear other than Amherst being a lock for the top seed.