Today's News

  • A middle school it is!

        The Liberty Zone will be getting a new middle school. That’s the consensus that Bedford County’s supervisors came to during a work session Monday night.
        The supervisors also decided at the Monday evening work session what will be done with the extra revenue that the 2-cent increase, passed on April 14, will generate. According to County Administrator Mark Reeter, the new tax rate will bring in an extra $1.53 million.

  • Living for the links


    He's a golfer.

    Sure, he deals with a dreadful disease on a daily basis.  Yes, he takes 11 different medications to treat his cystic fibrosis.

    Indeed, he endures two 30-minute respiratory treatments each day, as well as sessions with a nebulizer to help his breathing.

    True, he must visit the Medical Center at the University of Virginia for tests and check-ups every three months.

  • Queen of the free-throw line


    She hasn't picked up a Massachusetts accent.

    Nor has she declared residency in the Bay State.

    But, having travelled to that northern commonwealth five straight years, nobody could blame Sophia Palladino if she started talking like a Kennedy.

    What would be more accurate, however, is stating that she shoots like a Celtic.

    For the fifth consecutive year, the Forest resident made the trip to Springfield for the Elks Hoop Shoot national finals.

  • Sports Commentary: Viva España!


    Ink runs in my veins.

    That's not a surprising statement, as any old newspaperman will make the same figurative claim.

    Only I make mine literally.  At least I can now.  You see, the wife and I recently returned from a trip to Spain.  Among other delicacies, I treated myself to a pile of seafood in black rice.

    Now, when I ordered the dish, I assumed black rice was a mere variant of the grain.  Sort of like blue corn or red wheat.

  • Forest soccer asserts its dominance


    Certain things can be counted upon in the springtime.  

    Of course, you have your April showers and your (subsequent) May flowers.

    The Kentucky Derby.

    The dissipation of any hope for Chicago Cubs fans.

    And top-notch soccer being played out of Jefferson Forest.

    Both the Cavs and the Lady Cavs were in fine form last week.  Both seem to have the potential for deep runs in the playoffs, even with the obstacle course that is the new playoff structure.


  • Meet not for your average Joe

    The unofficial run-up to the State championship meet began in earnest this past weekend.

    More than 30 teams assembled at Lynchburg College to participate in the Joe Curcio Track Classic.  The meet's namesake (and Staunton River head coach) was on hand to see some dynamic athleticism from a host of tracksters.

  • National D-Day Memorial to Remain a Private Foundation

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is moving forward after news that the National Park Service will not be taking over the monument.  After four years of study, research, and conversations with numerous Park Service officials, the determination has been made that the Memorial does not meet NPS criteria.

  • Jobs remain our top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • An unaffordable mandate

    It speaks volumes when one of the most vocal supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, says it will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class” if not fixed. But that is what James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters union, made clear last year in a letter to Democratic leadership in Congress.

  • Obama deserves health care victory lap

    Have you been waiting – because of “Obamacare” - for the United States to fall into the sea? For the mountains to collapse onto the flat-lands and smother us all?
        Or maybe you expected Marx and Lenin to rise from their graves, and cast us all into some Godless, communistic bondage?