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Today's News

  • Liberty advances past E.C. Glass

    They started slow but when the Liberty Minutemen volleyball team all got on the same page they proved why they're one of the top seeds in the Seminole District tournament. Liberty started off the tournament with a 3-1 win over E.C. Glass on Oct. 23.
      

    The first set was a battle. Liberty jumped to a quick lead but the Hilltopper of E.C. Glass refused to let the lead get out of reach. Midway through the first set the Minutemen led 13-9 and the Hilltopper called a timeout to regroup.
      

  • Hilltoppers down Minutemen

    The Liberty Minutemen traveled to Lynchburg's City Stadium to take on the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers. Liberty was the underdog entering the night and the Hilltoppers proved why they were the favorites in a 40-0 victory over the Minutemen on Oct. 20.

    Liberty held strong in the first quarter holding Glass scoreless while being unable to find the end zone themselves. The second quarter was a completely different story.

  • Bees Swarm the Cavaliers

    The injury bug continued to bite Jefferson Forest in a 42-21 loss against Seminole District rival the Brookville Bees on Oct. 20.

    Brookville won the coin toss and started the game with the ball. In less than two minutes they reached the Cavalier end zone on a 59-yard touchdown pass to take a quick 7-0 lead.

  • Staunton River battles off the Terriers

    Staunton River Golden Eagle's fullback Grayson Overstreet wrote his name in the history books in a 18-13 win over fierce rival William Byrd on Oct. 20.

    Overstreet entered the game needing 29 yards to become the leading rusher in VHSL history. He finished with 151 giving him a career total of 7,660 with two regular season games left to play.

    "We're so happy for Grayson," Golden Eagles Head Coach Chuck Poston said. "We're rooting for him every time he steps on the field."

  • Much can be done to improve health care in Virginia

    As the dust settles from the currently stalled efforts by Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), concerns about the future of healthcare for Virginians remain at the forefront of the debate.

  • Religion often keeps people backward

         If, as many people believe, religion is man’s first attempt at explaining his world, then we may well need a second one, if we can keep our planet safe and healthy from climate change deniers, who sometimes use religion to justify their rejection of science.
        There are probably thousands of different religions in the world, but most religious people are Christians, Jews, or Muslims. Most of them live quietly within their beliefs.

  • Don’t be too quick

        The concept plan for Urban Development Areas  (UDA) in the Forest and New London areas of the county drew a vocal turnout to a public meeting two weeks ago. It was a larger crowd than the folks who organized the meeting expected, so the room they reserved at the Forest Library was too small for the number of people who showed up. Most seemed to have been already upset when they arrived and the crowding — Americans really don’t like being crowded — probably didn’t help their mood. Most opposed the UDA idea.

  • School Board deals with knotty problems

        Bedford county’s school board got staff briefings on two difficult problems they are facing.
        One was a shortage of substitutes to cover teacher absences. As of the end of September, the school division logged 325 teacher absences that it did not have a substitute to cover.

  • Vest says goodbye

        Last week was Councilman Jim Vest’s last meeting. Vest stepped down from Council because he is moving to Lynchburg. It puts him closer to his grandchildren who live in Altavista. He and his wife share baby siting duty with his grandchildren’s other set of grandparents while the children’s mother works.

  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged

        A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.
        Those indicted include:
        Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;