Today's News

  • Board looks at facility fees

        The D-Day Memorial Foundation, law enforcement and fire and rescue departments will likely receive some sort of break from having to pay to use one of Bedford County’s schools for a function.
        During last Thursday’s School Board meeting, members discussed the facilities use policy and heard from a representative of the D-Day Memorial Foundation requesting an exemption to mirror its partnership with the city of Bedford, prior to reversion.

  • Cheek has his last meeting

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors last meeting of the year held on Monday, and the last board of supervisors meeting for District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, turned into a lengthy session that ran past midnight.

        It began with an appearance by Delegate-elect Terry Austin. Austin was elected to the 19th House of Delegates seat last month after Delegate Lacey Putney, who held the seat for 52 years, chose not to seek reelection.

  • Arrington to resign from board

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington closed a marathon meeting, which ran past midnight, with a surprise announcement.

        “This night has been a very difficult meeting for me,” Arrington said.
        It was a long meeting—it was District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek’s last meeting—but it also marked what Arrington said was a difficult decision for him. He said that he will resign from the board of supervisors, effective at the end of January.

  • Sports commentary: Thank you for your service


    Go Army!  Beat Navy!

    "Wait a minute," you might be thinking.  "Didn't this guy write a column on the Army-Navy game last week?

    I did.  But I'm not through with the topic.

    Last week's column was written in a humorous vein, though I'm certain there are readers who might counter that last week's column was merely an attempt at writing in a humorous vein.

    This week, I'm taking a more somber approach.

  • M-Men's first Seminole win



    Considering their opponent, the Liberty Minutemen hoopsters didn't appear to be too, er, rusty.  The M-Men came away with a 62-43 win over a visiting crew from Rustburg.

    The victory came to the Minutemen in their the first Seminole District game of the season.  The Minutemen, who now stand 2-1, went 1-1 in an earlier tournament held at Broadway.

    The tone of the Rustburg game was set early.  Austin Porter dished to Jamaal Preston for an easy bucket.  Rucker Shipp followed up with a  three pointer.

  • Prolific



    The battle for Bedford County got underway last week, with Jefferson Forest drawing first blood via a win over Staunton River.

    But it wasn't easy.

    The Cavs had their hands full with the undersized Eagles all evening.  In the end, the lads from Forest hung on for an 86-82 win in front of an undersized crowd at the Sabredome.

    "There wasn't a whole lot of defense played in this game," said JF Head Coach Paul Redgate.  "Still, we're very happy to get the win."

  • River wrestlers fall just short in own tourney


    When it comes to playing the gracious holiday party host, you'll find the Staunton River wrestling team is no Rachel Ray.

    For that matter, the Eagles are more on a par with the stingy Grinch or Bumble the Abominable Snowman, who plagued Rudolph and his pals.

    The Eagles outpaced 13 other teams in placing second at the Rumble.  LCA took top honors, edging the Rivermen.

    Top 15 teams

    1  LCA           218

  • To the mats, Men!


    It'll be a tough row to hoe.  But, the lads should be up for the challenge.

    And there will be lots of them to do so.

    The three local wrestling teams enter this year's fray operating under a format that looks tough to navigate.

    The VHSL's new structure has Liberty and Staunton River both situated in Region 3A-West.  So, in addition to dealing with the likes of Brookville (which has won the Seminole District 40+ consecutive years), the Minutemen and Eagles also have to deal with dreaded Christiansburg.

  • Jingle Bell Rock (and Run)


    The kickoff of the Bedford Christmas season was, once again, given an able assist in the form of the YMCA's Christmas Classic 5K race.

    As usual, the race drew a large throng, featured fun and festivities and had a special guest.  This time, however, the welcomed visitor wasn't the jolly guy in the red suit .


    Road conditions could change as wet roads freeze and more precipitation moves through
    SALEM – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews across the state have been mobilized today to treat roads as a wintry mix of precipitation has been affecting travel.
    Most roads in VDOT’s Salem District are currently in clear or minor condition, which means they are mostly wet with isolated slick spots.