Today's News

  • Christians and guns: An unholy mix?

        Recently, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring decided that our state wouldn’t recognize conceal carry permits from other states. Those states, he said, might be more lenient in what kind of people they let carry firearms.
        Republican Sen. Bill Carrico got so fired up by Herring’s ruling that he said he’d file legislation to take away Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s armed security detail. It was a snarky reaction, to be sure.

  • The ACLU would have a fit

        It was interesting to see Rick Howell close out the year with a defense of a world geography lesson that included students copying the Muslim statement of faith. This happened last month in River Heads High School in Augusta County. It’s interesting because, if a public school teacher were to have her students copy a passage from the Bible, such as the Lord’s Prayer, Mr. Howell would howl about separation of church and state. The ACLU would have a fit, threaten a lawsuit and probably demand the teacher’s head on a platter.

  • Wrestling Previews

    Jefferson Forest

    Sports Editor

    The Jefferson Forest Wrestling Cavaliers have started the year with a young and inexperienced team. “We knew we were going to be in a rebuilding year because we had eight seniors graduate last year and one was our state champ,” said Coach Bill ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson.
    “We have a really young team and most of the time we have five or six freshmen in our lineup,” said Hutchinson.

  • Golden Eagles Fall to Rustburg

    Sports Editor

    Staunton River traveled to Rustburg Tuesday, Dec. 29 for the Rustburg Christmas Tournament. River fell 59-44 to the Red Devils.
    “I thought we were decent defensively when we were able to stop transition and defend 5 on 5, but to their credit, they were able to turn us over and score in the open court,” said Coach Brandon Harris.
    Rustburg took over in the first leading 14-13. River made a comeback in the second to take the lead 25-24 at the half.

  • Lady Golden Eagles soar over Heritage

    Sports Editor

    Staunton River girls basketball traveled to Heritage Tuesday, Dec. 29 for a non-district game. The Lady Golden Eagles notched a 43-41 victory over the Lady Pioneers.
    “I am proud of the girls for their ‘Never give up’ attitude. Even when we got down in the 4th quarter and we were in foul trouble, we just kept grinding and came back one basket at a time,” said Coach Kimberly Jones.
    Staunton River took the lead 10-9 in the first quarter. The Lady Golden Eagles extended their lead to 16-10 by halftime.

  • Lady Cavaliers participate in Daily Progress Holiday Classic

    Sports Editor

    The Jefferson Forest girls basketball team traveled to Western Albemarle for the Daily Progress holiday classic tournament on Monday, Dec. 28 where Forest rolled over Western Albemarle 47-32.
    Forest took the lead 12-8 in the first. The Lady Cavaliers extended their lead in the second to 23-17.
    After halftime JF took the third and led 32-21. The Lady Cavaliers flexed in the fourth to finish 47-32.
    For Forest: Ashley Evans scored 22 points; Emily Deitrick 12, Cassie Pelletier 8, and Tiffany Carey 5.

  • Forest competes well at K Guard Classic

    Sports Editor

    The Jefferson Forest boys basketball team traveled to Hidden Valley for the K Guard Classic on Dec 29-30. Jefferson Forest went 2-1 in the tournament and finished in second place. “To my knowledge this is the best we have done in this tournament in a very long time, maybe ever,” said Forest Coach Cameron Shepherd.
    In the second game the Cavaliers fell to Cave Spring 57-39.

  • River makes top three at LCA wrestling tournament

    Sports Editor

    All three Bedford County high schools participated in the 37th annual Liberty Christian Academy wrestling tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29-30. There were 26 schools that participated in the tournament.
    Staunton River finished third with a score of 218.5, just above LCA with 215.5. Jefferson Forest placed 13th with 60.0 and Liberty placed 17th with 42.0.
    Some other team scores were: Benedictine finished first with 315.5; Eastern View finished second with 277.5; Lord Botetourt finished 5th with 169.5.

  • Fear of Islam is not Christian

        It was a simple lesson in a social studies class in a public high school of Augusta County, Virginia. Yet, a few hysterical parents responded with fear and hatred to get the county schools shut down.
        Ignorance can go a long way when accompanied by two other ingredients: fear and religious fanaticism. All were at work in the recent school closure at River Heads High School, over a lesson that involved the Arabic writing tool of calligraphy.

  • There’s no yellow brick road

        In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy follows the yellow brick road to Oz to meet the Wizard of Oz. She wants to get back to Kansas, although I’m not sure why anybody would want to go to Kansas, and believes the Wizard can make that happen. It turned out that there was no Wizard of Oz.
        There’s no Wizard of Oz who can make economic development happen in Bedford. There isn’t even a yellow brick road. There’s no magic solution to revitalizing Bedford’s Centertown, or even one clear road to follow.