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Today's News

  • Softball preview: JF

    At the end of last season, Seminole District champion and Region runner-up Jefferson Forest only saw three of its players graduate. However, the departing trio consisted of shortstop Jo Jo Arthur, centerfielder Shonna Bryant and pitcher Holly Hargraves.

    Arthur and Bryant were All-District first teamers (Bryant was District player of the year) and Hargraves pitched the vast majority of innings for Forest.

    In addition to the graduates, the team saw the loss of four other players from last year's team that will not play this season, due to a variety of reasons.

  • Baseball preview: Staunton River

    "When you're 4-16 (the previous year), you need to get better on all aspects of your game."

    So stated Brian Divers when asked about the prospects for this season's version of the Staunton River baseballers.

    Last year's young squad took its lumps en route to the basement of the Seminole District. This year, most of the faces from that team return, a bit older and, it is assumed, a bit wiser.

  • Baseball preview: Liberty

    Got pitching?

    An absence of arms looks to be the big stinkin' rhino in the living room for the Liberty baseball squad. Having lost ace starters DJ Turpin and Matt Morgan as well as spot starter set/up man Derek Johnson to graduation, the Minutemen find themselves with a serious pitching shortage.

    While Head Coach Stewart Grant hasn't taken to posting want ads to fill his staff, he might want to consider that tact. "I'm desperate for pitching," said Grant. "I've seen a lot of kids that want to throw. I don't know how many can pitch, though."

  • Letters

    Bedford Dept. of Corrections and Social Services

    This letter will never be able to convey how thankful I am as a family member for the understanding guidance that your local Dept. of Corrections and Social Services provided to my son.

    Problems with alcohol were nothing new to my son's lifestyle. For years this addiction had taken a toll on him in many ways, loss of family, friends and self worth.

  • A fiscally irresponsible budget

    Just last week the House Majority unveiled their proposed budget resolution for fiscal year 2009, which calls for the largest tax increase in American history: $683 billion over the next 5 years. This proposal significantly increases the tax burden on the middle class to pay for new wasteful government spending. Facing a slowing economy and an increased cost of living, Americans have to tighten their belts and carefully budget their hard-earned money. It?s time the Federal government did the same.

  • Bill expresses health benefit commitment to military retirees

    The health care of America’s veterans is one of the important issues we must address.

  • A look at the struggles of single-parent households

    The Bedford Christian Fellowship focuses its attention this month on the struggles of children, women, and men living in what has become known as single-parent households.

  • 2008 General Assembly session extended

    The General Assembly has already met for 60 days this year, the period mandated by the Constitution of Virginia.

    Of the nearly 2,400 bills filed by legislators, around 900 were approved and forwarded to Governor Kaine for his consideration. One significant bill, Virginia’s 2008-2010 Biennial Budget, has yet to pass. Because of this, the General Assembly has extended its 2008 session, giving negotiators on behalf of the House and Senate more time to reach an agreement.

  • Getting us stimulated

    I don't know if you are as excited as we are at my house about the government giving us some of our money back through the soon-to-come stimulus payments.

    After all, it is our money. And the federal government has proven it has little sense in spending it wisely. But that's a thought for another time.

    Still, my wife and I have each been secretly planning how to spend it. She wants a deck and French doors; I want a vacation at the beach. That's why I talked to someone this week about coming to give an estimate for the new appendage to our home.

  • Being Welsh on St. Patrick's Day

    So I’m in the doctor’s office the other day (I’m sorry, conservativeseeit wasn’t serious), and the nurse is wearing a St. Patrick’s Day shirt already, something decorated in those green shamrock things.

    “It’s just a bit early for that, isn’t it?,” I asked.

    “Oh, no,” she said. “We've only got one day for this holiday, so I wanted to wear my shirt all I could.”