Today's News

  • TB case hits Thaxton

        An individual affiliated with Thaxton Elementary School has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB) and the school system has been working with the Health Department to address the matter.
        The division was notified by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at about 3:30 p.m. Friday following positive laboratory test results. A joint letter from Bedford County Public Schools and the Department of Health was sent to all parents at Thaxton Elementary on Monday providing additional details.

  • Foreman takes over as Bedford Police Department's new chief

        Todd Foreman always wanted to be in law enforcement.

        More than 18 years ago that desire became reality when he was hired by the Bedford Police Department. He's worked his way up the ranks and last week reached the pinnacle of the department, being appointed as the Chief of Police for the town of Bedford.  
        “I wanted to be able to help people,” Foreman said of his desire for a career in law enforcement.

  • What should be done with Bedford Middle School?

    Have an idea about what should happen to Bedford Middle School once the new middle school is built in the Liberty attendance zone?

    You may be just the person Bedford Town Council is looking to help with that issue.

    Council is seeking area residents who would be interested in serving on an advisory committee to discuss ideas about what to do with BMS once it is vacated by Bedford County Public Schools. The advisory committee will be made up about seven members.

  • JF heads to Turner Ashby


    What's worse than a 105-mile, two-hour late night bus ride?

    How about such a sojourn while mulling over a loss?

    That's the nightmare scenario facing Jefferson Forest as it heads to lightly-regarded Turner Ashby this Friday evening.

    The Cavs couldn't be in a better spot.  They are sitting on a superb record of 6-0.  They are rated as the second best team in 4A-North.

    They have been racking up points with breathtaking alacrity.  Their defense seems to be tightening up nicely.

  • Colonels cross River


    Derision was snorted.  Mockery was in full bloom.  Folks asked, "Did he really say that?"

    Such was the state of things in Roanoke when Bobby Martin declared that his William Fleming team had the talent to make a run for a State title.

    What?  The William Fleming team which had won  three games last year?  The team which had managed a total of three wins (and all against the same opponent) during the three previous years?

    Yeah.  That one.

  • LHS gets Big Bucks


    This may not be just what the doctor ordered.

    A Liberty team which has seen its roster suffer hits due to injury and departure got to rest up last week, a bye firmly in its collective grasp.

    So, having an extra week to regroup and recuperate was certainly swell.

    And, you'd think that a game this Friday against a 2A-level foe would be an ideal way to get back into the swing of things.

  • JF still perfect; tops Amherst


    It's good to be the king.  Just ask Chris Tidwell.

    The offensive guard and defensive tackle's work in the trenches all season long would have earned the praise of King Richard the Line-Heart.

    This past Friday, against Amherst, Tidwell plucked a loose fumble in the end zone as deftly as King Arthur drew Excalibur from the stone.  And while Arthur's act presaged Camelot, Tidwell's  play helped ice Jefferson Forest's victory over the Lancers.

  • Sports commentary: The Un-Help


    There's plenty heading your way over which to worry.

    What will you wear for Halloween?  How are you going to rake up all those leaves?  When do you start your Christmas shopping?  When might any of our latest national crises come knockin' at your door?

    But, at least you don't work for ESPN.  The good folks who  man the offices in Bristol, Connecticut have way bigger worries than you.

  • Another bite at the apple


    Some folks wait their whole lives for that ship to come in.

    Others get one shot at the brass ring.

    There are those who only understand that they had a shot when said shot is well past them.

    Then there's Scott Sigmon.

    Better known as "Cujo" in these parts, the best boxer to ever come from this area seemed to get his one chance when he went toe-to-toe with former World Champion Kelly Pavlik in Las Vegas.

    That June, 2012, bout had Pavlik winning a technical knockout in the seventh round.

  • Graffiti threat leads to lockdown at JFHS

    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Jefferson Forest High School Monday around 1:50 p.m.