Today's News

  • Austin vies for 19th seat

    Although nobody will be able to fill Delegate Lacy Putney’s shoes, two men are vying to fill Delegate Putney’s seat representing the 19th District in the House of Delegates. The seat is vacant because Delegate Putney announced, in the spring, that he will not seek reelection after 52 years in the House of Delegates.

        One of them is Terry Austin. Austin has served for 16 years on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors.    

  • Small purchase limit raised

        Bedford County staff now have more room to make small purchases without going through the sealed bid process. The supervisors voted unanimously, Monday night,  to raise the small purchase limit from $30,000 to $50,000.
        According to Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers, the $30,000 limit was set in 2002. He said state law allows the limit to be as high as $100,000.

  • Honor flight visits D-Day Memorial

        An Honor Flight with 25 veterans — 20 of them World War II veterans — stopped at the National D-Day Memorial recently during an Honor Flight from Tennessee to Washington D. C. to visit the memorials there, including the World War II Memorial.

  • Death on a stormy summer night

    One of the worst train wrecks in Virginia history occurred in the wee hours of the morning of July 2, 1889, when a passenger train traveling eastward from Roanoke didn’t quite make it to Thaxton. Now “Lost at Thaxton,” the result of 18 months of research by Michael Jones brings that tragic night to life for readers.

  • Students train to teach others about safe driving

        In 2012 Bedford County had more driving fatalities—20—than any other locality in this region. Four of those were teenagers; a fifth was killed in a Franklin County accident.

  • Rec plans move ahead

        The town of Bedford is one step closer to being out of the Recreation Department business.

  • Replacing the fleet

        At a 5 p.m. work session Monday evening,  Jack Jones, Bedford County’s chief of fire and rescue—accompanied by Eric Shell, the Hardy fire chief and Jack Sorrells, the Boonsboro fire chief—spoke to the supervisors about the need to set up an apparatus purchase program for its fleet of firetrucks.

  • Boxwoods removed at Poplar Forest

        Finding Thomas Jefferson’s driveway wasn’t what Poplar Forest archaeologists were looking for when they dug up the boxwoods in front of the building. They were actually looking for a bed of roses.

  • Next up for JF: Glass


    This is not what the doctor ordered.

    For a team that's spending more time in the infirmary than on the practice field,  the last thing Jefferson Forest needs is a game called the "Black and Blue Bowl."

    But that's just what the Cavs will be involved in this Friday night, when they clash with Glass in the afore-mentioned B&B game.

    They'll be playing for a lot more than a trophy.

  • Next up for Liberty: Amherst


    Call it ticket-punch Friday.

    Two teams on different playoff bubbles will seek to make the post-season dance with a win.  When the dust settles, either 4A-North's Amherst or 3A-West's Liberty will have earned that right.

    The game, to be held at Minutemen Stadium, will feature two of the more puzzling teams in the Seminole District.