Today's News

  • This should make everybody mad

        Like just about everybody, Bedford County Public Schools is facing a tough budgeting year. The school system is facing a shortfall of between $5 and $8 million. It would obviously take a monster tax hike to plug this hole, so the school board is going to have to make substantial cuts.

        Now, who can I anger with my suggestions?

  • Halfway to perfection

    The going just got a whole lot smoother for the Liberty Minutemen.

  • Lady Eagles making Ridge foes Blue

    When the girls basketball season opened, the Staunton River girls were expected to take their lumps in the Blue Ridge.

  • Glass sweeps doubleheader at JF

      E.C. Glass played the role of thankless guest, as Jefferson Forest dropped both ends of a varsity double header to the Hilltoppers last Saturday.

  • Eagles share grappling crown

    When it was announced that Staunton River would leave the Seminole District for the Blue Ridge, the move was seen as a mixed bag.

  • Liberty takes County indoor crowns

    Liberty swept its County rivals in a three-team meet last Wednesday.  

  • The iceman cometh

    It was a simple enough request:  “Can’t we go to a hockey game?”

    Since the request came from the wife, I took it seriously, as I always do.

  • Second storm slams area; more might be on the way

    Cold air from Canada and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico teamed up to give the Bedford area  about a foot of snow over the weekend. It was the second major snowstorm this winter.

        And more might be on the way.

        According to Robert Stonefield, of the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, Forest got the heaviest Bedford area snowfall with 14 inches. Accumulations ranged from between 10 inches and a foot across most of Bedford County.

  • Private utility system gets thumbs down

    Bedford County’s planning commission gave a thumbs down to a controversial proposal for a private water and sewer system in the Goodview area, Monday night.

        The special use permit originally came before the planning commission at its Jan. 4 meeting.

  • Man sentenced to 18 years in prison

    A Big Island man will spend 18 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to three counts of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

        Bobby Allen Markham, 54, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 and received a 40 year sentence, with 22 years suspended, on three counts of animate object penetration involving a girl, between 14 and 15 years of age at the time the assaults occurred. Markham, after originally being found not competent to stand trial on the charges, was later restored to competency, according to  Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.