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Today's News

  • Christians should be fighting racism

        You’d think that Christian people, who claim to follow a religion that teaches love, tolerance and understanding, would be the first in our world to stand strong against racism, both past and present.
        But in the South, particularly, that just hasn’t been the case. Too often, self-styled Christians have led the way in rationalizing, justifying and defending racist practices and making excuses for the Confederacy.

  • Charlottesville was not about slavery

        Rick Howell was very observant to notice that I didn’t use the word “slavery” in my column on what happened in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.  The reason I did not use the word “slavery” is the same reason Mr. Howell made such big deal over the fact that I did not use the word.

  • Business raises funds for hurricane relief

        Blue Ridge Optics, a Bedford high tech manufacturer — they make optics that send laser beams precisely where the engineers, who design equipment, want them to go — is holding a yard sale to raise money for hurricane relief.

  • A final goodbye

        A gathering of local and state dignitaries, along with local people who had known him for decades, gathered at Bedford Baptist Church Friday afternoon, to say a last goodbye to former Delegate Lacey Putney.

  • Jefferson Forest golf makes it six in a row

    Jefferson Forest’s golf team secured their sixth consecutive Seminole District match win of the season over Liberty Christian Academy, Amherst, and Heritage at Ivy Hills GC on Sept. 5.

    The Cavs nearly dropped their first Seminole District match on Aug. 30 but squeaked out the win by one stroke thanks to Isaac Simmons’ clutch six-foot birdie on the ninth hole. This time, Forest garnered a more comfortable ten-stroke win. The Cavs shot a collective 145 to best LCA by ten strokes, Amherst by 21 strokes and Heritage by 84 strokes.

  • Liberty revives competition cheer program

    Liberty high school is officially bringing back their competition cheer program for the fall 2017 season.

    Cassidy Hall, who is in her second year as the varsity sideline cheer coach, will also be spearheading the competition cheer program.

    Hall, currently in graduate school at Liberty University, brings a wealth of cheer expreience to an inexperienced competition cheer squad. Hall cheered for four years at Liberty University and was a member of Team USA in 2015.

  • Bedford County's XC teams clash at Knights Cross meet

    Liberty, Jefferson Forest and Staunton Rivers’ cross country teams clashed at the Knights Crossing meet in Salem.

  • Cavalier Fishing Club reels in first place at Philpott Lake

    Jefferson Forest’s Cavalier Fishing Club got off to an impressive start  by capturing first and seventh place at its first team tournament, the BNVA Youth HS South No. 1 at Philpott Lake on Sept. 10.

    This tournament was the first of three State qualifying tournaments held by Bass Nation Virginia (BNVA). The top five pairs of each tournament immediately qualify for the State tournament that feature teams from northern Virginia. In this tournament, the teams of two were given a five fish limit of 12 inches or better.

  • Lynsey Ball uses sports to battle cystic fibrosis

    Lynsey Ball radiates positivity. In just a short, ten-minute conversation, Ball’s hyper, bubbly attitude is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. You would never guess from her upbeat demeanor that Ball, a sophomore, three-sport athlete at Staunton River, has been battling cystic fibrosis (CF) her entire life.

  • JF continues to roll, Liberty splits games

    Liberty and Jefferson Forest faced off on Sept. 5, with the Cavs ultimately coming out on top and claiming Bedford County bragging rights (they beat Staunton River on Aug. 24).

    The Cavs have been off to a tremendous start so far, only dropping one game to a tough Lord Botetourt squad. Liberty’s smaller team has definitely picked up momentum as the season progresses, continuously posting more competitive results.

    The Minutemen managed to take a set off the Cavs after dropping the first two, 25-17 each.