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Today's News

  • Forest has solid showing at States

    The Jefferson Forest cross country team wrapped up its season as it began it: as a team. Competing as Bedford County?s only representative in the State Championship at Great Meadows (Warrenton), the boys? team took eighth place, while the girls? squad nabbed eleventh.

    The boys? race was a fleet affair, with the top 15 finishers all breaking the 16 minute barrier for the 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) course.

  • College Football's top 25: Bizarro World

    What madness is this? I look at the latest football polls and see the likes of Kansas and Missouri sprinkled into the top 10. Hawaii is angling to break into the upper echelons. At times, Kentucky, South Florida and South Carolina threatened the top.

    I feel that the college football scene has become a kind of Bizarro World, where everything is supposedly normal but, in truth, is inverted.

    Take a look at the BCS standings this week. LSU is at the top. So far, so good. The Bayou Bengals are a traditional football powerhouse.

  • Minutemen earn payback chance

    Undercurrents will abound when Liberty plays its Regional semifinal playoff game against district rival, Brookville.

    The Minutemen should be licking their chops at the prospect of making up for the drubbing they received at the hands of the Bees five weeks ago. In that game, Liberty watched a 20-7 halftime lead evaporate after Homecoming activities, as Brookville caught fire in a 47-20 win.

  • Born to run

    This is what it?s like to keep a foot on the neck of an opponent. This is what it?s like to throttle another team?to run it out of its own stadium. The Liberty football team showed how it can play when hitting on all cylinders and chose a perfect game in which do do so: the opening round of the VHSL playoffs.

  • The Liberal Agenda

    As this was written, statewide legislative elections hadn?t yet been held. But things looked very good for Democrats and somewhat bleak for the state Republicans.

    If the results don?t actually reflect that - although I suspect they will - there are still trends in Virginia politics that don?t bode well for Republicans in this state.

  • Conservatively Speaking

    As I write this, the results of Tuesday's elections are still unknown. By the time you read this, however, everybody will know.

    At least, I hope everybody was paying attention. Elections are important and Bedford area residents had four contested races on their ballots. I want to thank Delegate Lacey Putney, Lewis Medlin, Sheriff Mike Brown, Chuck Green, Darryl Updike, Andy Dooley, Tom Dooley, Annie Pollard, Julie Bennington and Laura Rodes for having their names on the ballot. They gave voters a choice, something we must have for democracy to work.

  • Honoring those who have served and sacrificed

    Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to honor the lives and sacrifices of our nation?s veterans. America?s veterans have dedicated themselves to securing the safety and freedom of their fellow Americans. We enjoy rights and freedoms unmatched by any other nation in the world and our brave servicemen and women have served throughout history to make that possible. For these selfless actions, we have a responsibility to ensure that our troops are sufficiently provided for when they return home.

  • Solar Decathlon may pave way for future energy ideas

    The United States Department of Energy is challenging College students to think in new ways about energy and what impact it has on our everyday lives. The challenge comes in a competition called the Solar Decathlon.

  • Letters to the editor

    A special 'Thank You' from the family of Ashton Bonds

    The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster ride for me and my family.

    The illness and untimely death of my son, Ashton Bonds has been overwhelming. My heart is broken; and I miss my son so much, but I know that he is with the Lord. The pain has been unbearable at times, but I know that my strength comes from the Lord. Without Him in my life, I don?t know what I would do.

  • A program in which the county would purchase land development rights from property owners might be more hype than help

    Some 40 percent of land in Bedford County is farmland, according to the most recent census by the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

    But that is a shrinking figure.

    From 1997 to 2002 the county lost 8,000 acres, almost 4 percent, of its farmland. Over that same time the county lost 165 farms, 11 percent of its total, which is well above the state average. Across the state, during that five-year period, Virginia lost 1.5 percent of its farmland and 3.6 percent of its farms.

    A new census is due to be taken and those figures are expected to continue the trend.