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Today's News

  • The lessons of Ferguson, Missouri

        It’s too soon to say that peace and quiet dominate the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But things do appear to have calmed down quite a bit.
        National Guard troops, who had been called in to confront rioting, have left. Even much of the national media is gone.
        Now, it will be up to a grand jury to see what, if any, indictments are issued against the white cop who shot to death a black, unarmed, 16-year-old boy.

  • Waging war on working people

        While President Barack Obama is busy waging economic war against Russia, one should remember that the Russians aren’t the only ones in his sights. He’s also busy waging economic war against working people in the United States.

  • The facts of life

    Within the next month, the Bedford County School Board will most likely decide on which other school it will close at the end of this school year.
        The board already voted to close Body Camp Elementary in the Staunton River attendance zone and either Bedford Primary or Thaxton Elementary will likely be chosen as the school to close in the Liberty zone.
        The decision won’t be easy.

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  • Start of new era for JF

     

    Just like nearly every other high school team across the Commonwealth, Jefferson Forest kicks off its regular-season football slate this Friday evening.

    It's hard, though, to imagine many of those schools have as much momentum as do the Cavs.

    In last Friday's warm-up game against Western Albemarle, all systems seemed to be "go."

    Under the watchful eyes of over 1,000 fans (for a game that doesn't count!), including the maniacal Hype Platoon, the Cavs seemed to be in mid-season form.

  • Football game preview: Liberty at Staunton River

     

    You can't blame Liberty and Staunton River if they feel like a couple of vegetarians sitting down at the Outback Steakhouse.

    On Friday night, the two teams bring a pair of mighty running games to the Eagles' Nest.  Liberty's old Maryland stacked-I and the Staunton River unbalanced single wing are primarily designed to move the ball on the ground.  The ability to do so will, in large part, determine the success of the two teams.

  • Sports commentary: Sheesh-cago!

     

    Forgive me if I come across as a sourpuss in this week's column.  But I'm a Cubs fan which, almost by definition, tends to make one dour.

    That sentiment was magnified this weekend, as the Cubbies swept the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field.

    "Wait a minute," you might be thinking.  "Isn't a trio of victories a cause for celebration?"

    Not in Cubs World, my friends.

    You see, in that magical (albeit not wonderful) place, the Cubs have a way of torching things by winning.

  • A pro-consumer, pro-competition policy

    Have you ever wanted to switch wireless carriers, but keep the same phone? Or have you purchased a used phone recently and planned to activate it on a different wireless network? It seems like common sense to me. Consumers who have completed their phone contracts or have purchased a used phone should be able to activate their device on their network of choice. However, if you’ve tried to do that in the last year, you know that this simple action is no longer allowed under current law. But, that’s about to change.

  • Residents have second chance on a great opportunity

    By Denny Huff
    Executive Director
    Bedford Community Health Foundation

        For everyone who will ever need healthcare in our area, the CENTRA hosted Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, was a chance to see the future of our community hospital.