Today's News

  • Cowboy Church goes to War—(W.Va. that is)

        The Liberty Cowboy Church is going to War.

  • Tribute to landmark legislator

        A landmark in Richmond’s downtown served as the scene for a tribute to a landmark in Virginia history.

  • Board rejects zoning text amendment

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted against a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that the board had initiated this past spring.
        The amendment, which would have made outdoor commercial entertainment a use by right at New London Airport and Drag Strip, finally made its way back to the supervisors for a public hearing Monday night. The hearing filled the supervisors meeting chamber with people, all of them opposed. The opponents included Kevin Murray, the owner.

  • Bryant in 54th year as bus driver

    For more than five decades James Bryant has been driving students in Bedford County to, and from, school.

  • County SOL scores drop

    Though scores were expected to drop in some categories compared to last year’s scores—because of a new series of tests in science and English—student achievement on Standards of Learning tests for students in Bedford County Public Schools fell below what school officials had hoped.
        In results released last week, average pass rates of Bedford County students dropped in 23 categories for the 2012-2013 testing while increasing in seven; four remained even with results from the 2011-2012 testing.

  • The long drought is over


    It is as rain to the wilting crop; blankets to the winter sleeper; deep-dish pizza to NJ Governor Chris Christie.

    It is football to the crazed fans of our fair county.

    The three month pigskin potlatch, football fiesta and gridiron gorge-out gets underway for local squads this Friday.

    In fact, all three teams will be staying in the county for their openers.

    The marquee game, of course, features Staunton River heading to Liberty.  The Eagles will attempt to top the Minutemen for the second time in three years.

  • Update: Lockdown lifted at Forest area schools that had been placed on lockdown

    The lockdown has been lifted for four Forest area schools—Jefferson Forest High School, Forest Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Forest Middle School. The schools were placed had been placed on a Level 1 lockdown earlier this morning.

    The lockdown was apparently in response to a search for a suspect by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, though school officials directed questions to the Sheriff's Office, which wasn't immediately available for comment.

  • Sports commentary: What's in a name?


    Serious topics merit serious action.  And discussion.

    Lately, things seem to be getting fired up about the Washington Redskins.  

    The debate isn't whether the team has the right pieces in place to make the playoffs (it does).

    Nor is it about whether last year's sensation, RG III, will be pushed into action prematurely (I certainly hope not).

    The controversy is over the team's name.  Now, this issue erupts every so often.  Now, on the cusp of the season, it has arisen once more.

  • Photo of the week: The tinniest toad
  • A run for the heroes


    By Mike Forster



    You can do something.

    The attacks by terrorists on September 11, 2001 resulted in America becoming enmeshed in a war that has outlasted all other American conflicts.

    We have largely been insulated from the effects of the war:  There is no draft and Americans have not been asked to make any kind of economic sacrifice.

    So, given this situation, how might one recognize the solemnity and importance of the impending anniversary of that dark day?