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Today's News

  • Change we can’t believe in

    Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska, found a pot of gold at the end of the healthcare debate rainbow last week. And with his vote, the 60th and deciding secured in the Senate’s vote that was held Christmas Eve, Nelson brought an early Christmas present home to his state. Of course, taxpayers from the rest of the country will be the ones paying the bill. The healthcare vote showed just how low politicians will go.

  • Steps to healthy holidays

    Have you ever used the excuse you are too busy to exercise?  During the winter holidays we often eat more and are stressed.  Both of these can be helped with exercise.  The New Year is the perfect time to get in the exercise habit, so you will see its benefits before Spring. 

  • 2009: A year toeeforget?

        I, for one, will not mourn the passing of 2009. That’s the thing about the New Year; we can always begin it hoping that it will be better than the last one.

        I would submit 2009 as a poster child for that approach. Unfortunately, I can’t think of more positive and memorable events than events and realities that are better off forgotten.

  • 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.