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Today's News

  • Killgo enters guilty plea

        The final of five defendants convicted of stealing and destroying a church Nativity scene last December pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday and will spend 60 days in jail for the crime.

         John Morgan Killgo, 20, of Forest, received a 12 month sentence on misdemeanor convictions of destruction of property and petit larceny. Judge James Updike suspended all but two months of that sentence.

  • Atomic veteran

        Veterans of all sorts frequently visit the National D-Day Memorial. Last Friday, John Fatino, an atomic veteran, took a tour.

  • Bedford Area Educational Foundation supports local schools

        The Bedford Area Educational Foundation held a breakfast, Thursday morning, to thank 15 area businesses for their support of the Foundation’s work.
        The Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, was formed 10 years ago to raise money for special classroom projects that are not funded  by taxpayer dollars. So far the organization has made 200 grants, in response to teacher requests, providing $217,000 for classroom projects. Those have included  a greenhouse, a math tutoring initiative and classroom technology.

  • 1 + 1 = Trouble

        With five Bedford County schools now accredited with warning for two straight years, the urgency to find a fix continues to increase.
        One more year could bring even more trouble.
        Overall, only nine of Bedford County's 21 schools are now fully accredited. After the numbers were crunched from last year's Standards of Learning testing, school officials have been busy implementing new strategies to help students get their scores up this year.
        Especially in math.

  • More Billy ball for Staunton River

     

    It will be a night of firsts.

    Staunton River will play William Fleming for the first time in memory, hosting the Colonels this Friday evening.

    But the big first will be when whoever wins the game claims its first victory in district play.

    Should Fleming win, it will be the team's first Blue Ridge win since November 10, 2006.  Actually, that win, over Alleghany, was Fleming's last Blue Ridge game prior to  it joining the Western Valley District for a six-year run.

  • A rest and a test

     

    There will be rest for the weary.

    Some of them, anyway.

    Liberty takes its well-earned bye this weekend.  The Minutemen roll into an off-week sporting an overall record of 4-2 and a district mark of 1-2.

    After running through a gauntlet that included Staunton River, Rockbridge, Brookville, Harrisonburg, Rustburg and E.C. Glass, the Minutemen get a chance to catch their collective breath prior to returning to the football fray on Oct. 18.

  • Golf gurus

     

    These guys aren't just a golfing team.

    They're a golfing machine.

    The Jefferson Forest linksmen have had a remarkable run this autumn, earning scads of trophy, accolades and (most importantly) the respect of their fellow duffers.

    The Cav crew played for the 4A-North regional championship this past Tuesday.  That tourney, held after press time for this newspaper, was held at Harrisonburg's Heritage Oaks Golf Course, and pitted the top two squads of Conferences 21, 22, 23 and 24.

  • Lady Cav harriers on a roll

     

    Don't yet pencil them in for a State championship.

    But, at the same time, it might be wise to keep an eye on this crew.

    The group in question is the Jefferson Forest girls cross country team.  The team's latest accomplishment was to romp its way to claiming top prize at Roanoke's Metro Championship last Wednesday, at Green Hill Park.

    Sure, it's not shocking that the Lady Cavs won a race, even one with 15 teams in it.

  • Volleyball roundup

     

    A roller-coaster ride of a volleyball season went through its most recent loop-de-loop.  Jefferson Forest appears to have lost out on its run for a Seminole crown.

    Meanwhile, Liberty picked up its first win in district play and Staunton River faced a behemoth from Botetourt, with predictable results.

    It all adds up to an uneven ride for local netters.

    Near the halfway mark, it appears that the Blue Ridge will belong to Northside, while the Seminole will be owned by Brookville.  

     

    Blue Ridge blues

  • Byrds are roadrunners

     

    There wasn't much of an air game in a tilt that featured Byrd against Birds.

    William Byrd had little need of one, as it amassed over 600 yards in topping arch-rival Staunton River, 49-14.

    The Terrier victory put a damper on the Staunton River homecoming crowd, as well as on the Eagles' hopes of making the post-season.

    The loss dropped River to 1-5, overall.  Having lost their first two Blue Ridge games, the Eagles' chances for a shot at a district title are now remote, at best.