Today's News

  • 2010 will probably be a tough year

        The recession ended in the United States in the third quarter of this year. Locally, the city of Bedford noted that its sales tax revenue began to turn around in the fourth quarter, in November.

        That doesn’t mean we are out of the woods. Unemployment has continued to rise and, not being an economist, I wouldn’t hazard a guess when that will stop, although the rate at which jobless figures have been rising began decelerating before the middle of the year.

  • Joseph H. Hensley, 79, Big Island

        Joseph Howard “Joe” Hensley, 79, of Big Island, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Lynchburg General Hospital.  He was born in Bedford County on April 17, 1930, a son of the late Ryland Lee Hensley and Rena Gillespie Hensley. 

        In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Warren Dale Hensley, Douglas Dwayne Hensley, six brothers and one sister. 

  • Top Ten stories of 2009: #10

     Our final story in the top ten was newsworthy, but hardly shocking.  Jefferson Forest continued its long run of excellence on the ball field, as both its baseball and softball teams had superb seasons.  The Cavs took home the Seminole crown by virtue of a 10-2 regular season record.  The Cavs would advance to the Regional semifinals, where they were ousted by Alleghany, 1-0.  The Lady Cavs, similarly, posted a 10-2 regular season mark.  That tied them with Brookville but, since JF beat the Bees t

  • Troops fund Iraqi baby’s gift of sight

    One-year-old Noor Hassam Oudah, known as "Baby Nourah," was born blind with congenital cataracts. The condition is reversible with surgery, but out of reach for her family here, as the city's hospitals lack the facilities and physicians to perform such a procedure.

  • Minutemen put down pesky Eagles

    A few things became obvious during homestanding Liberty’s 59-47 win over Staunton River last Friday.

  • Minettes look lively in win

    The Liberty ladies got their holiday seasons confused.  Instead of having a Yuletide ho-ho-ho approach, the team took on a Halloween rising-from-the-grave demeanor.

  • Wrestling roundup

      Liberty is certainly a program on the upswing.  Yet the Minutemen are still well short of the elite levels.

    That fact was on display as Brookville thrashed homestanding Liberty, 59-9.

  • Bowls for a dog's breakfast--sports commentary

      Could the powers that be have possibly come up with a worse slate of bowl games?

    It’s enough to make me retire my jug o’ wing sauce.

  • A winter wonderland

    In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

        A record snow this past weekend helped usher winter into the area and cool temperatures, coupled with as much as 18 inches of snow in some parts of Bedford County, are likely to mean a white Christmas Friday.

  • Lighting up Christmas

    Don Stinnette enjoys decorating for Christmas. And if he can help make someone else’s holiday a little brighter by doing it, that’s all the better.

        That’s what led him, and a couple of friends, to put up a 30-foot high Christmas light display in his back yard this year .

        “I enjoy Christmas so much,” Stinnette said. “Maybe somebody else can get some enjoyment out of (the display) too.”