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Today's News

  • Digital classrooms gain traction

        A group of eighth graders from Bedford County’s three middle schools have been living “in the clouds” this school year—but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been learning.
        In fact, the consensus seems to be that digital learning is the future for the students of tomorrow and that tomorrow is closer than we think.
        “I love it,” stated Bedford Middle School eighth grade math teacher Dorothy Roach. “I wish all my kids had computers (for school).”

  • SES sees big results

        When Susan Mele arrived as principal at Stewartsville Elementary, the majority of her day was taken up dealing with discipline issues at the school.

  • Council facing election

        When reversion took place last July, the newly-formed town of Bedford brought in 313 new residents as a result of boundary adjustments with Bedford County.
        That represented a 5.1 percent increase in population for the town. And it means, by breaking that 5 percent threshold, that all town council seats, just elected during a special election in May, will once again be up for election.
        That’s what the reversion rules spelled out.

  • Tibbs says there will be changes coming to BMH

        For Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs, Centra’s upcoming purchase of Carilion’s interest in Bedford Memorial Hospital “is really a homecoming.”

        “The people there are a lot of my own family, my neighbors, my friends – people I see daily,” Tibbs said. “This is deeply personal.”

  • Raining rings in Forest

         To the victors go the spoils.  In this case, it was the Jefferson Forest girls cross country team which raked in their prizes:  The rings that go to State champions.  The team started the season with the slogan, "Know your ring size."  

  • Bedford's sharpshooters

    It must be something in the water.

    Bedford County continues to crank out free throw shooting wizards.  At the most recent Elks Hoop Shoot, three Bedfordites won Southwest (Va.) District competitions, earning the right to shoot at the next level.

    Winners were:

    -Conner Williams, who was the top dog in the boys' 8-9 year old category.  Conner nailed 15 shots in taking his prize.

  • Things go swimmingly at meet for JF

     

    They turned silver into gold.

    The Jefferson Forest swim team donned brand new silver caps for the Seminole championship meet.

    When all was said and done, both the boys and the girls also donned the titles of district champions.

    Girls - Team Scores

    1  Jefferson Forest 143

    2  Brookville 141

    3  E.C. Glass 123

  • One 'Hall' of a guy

     

    What does Jim Thacker have in common with Art Howe, Charlie Manuel and Ken Macha?

    The obvious answer is that all four men served as baseball coaches.  Last spring was Thacker's final run at the helm of the proud and prodigious Jefferson Forest program.

    Howe, Manuel and Macha, of course, all coached in the Major Leagues.

    In addition to all four being in the fraternity of baseball coaches, the quartet are all members of the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • Catch-22

     

    Two of the top players in the Seminole District ladies' circuit faced off Monday night on the hardwoods of Jefferson Forest.

    As expected, both had superb games.  It was the supporting cast which made the difference, however, as Liberty defeated the host Lady Cavs, 53-45.

    The win improved Liberty's record to 8-3 in the Seminole, while Jefferson Forest dropped to 3-9.

    The two teams' candidates for All-Seminole consideration were the marquee players in this matchup.  They did not disappoint.

  • Sports commentary: The Lost Weekend

     

    Why can't we point out the obvious?

    That was a bad Super Bowl.

    Unless you're a die-hard Seahawks fan, have a burning hatred of the Broncos or had a wad of cash riding on a Seattle win, there was little to like about Sunday's Super Bowl.

    It got so bad that the wife and I actually started switching between the game and a flick on Turner Classic Movies.

    The movie was "The Lost Weekend."  It's a beaut, starring Ray Miland as a drunk who is out on a life-altering toot.