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Today's News

  • County to look into expanding broadband access

    Bedford County's supervisors have directed county staff to present proposals for expanding broadband Internet access in the county.

  • Religious assembly changes move forward

    Changes to the county's zoning ordinance to make it friendlier to religious assemblies has been in the works for months.

    Monday night, Bedford County's planning commission voted unanimously to move the changes forward to a joint public hearing with the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. District 5 Planning Commissioner Steve Stevick was absent.

    The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10. The supervisors have the final say on all changes to county ordinances

  • City eliminates decal fees, raises personal property taxes

    Decal fees are out, but personal property taxes are up in Bedford as a result of action taken by City Council Tuesday.

    Following the lead of surrounding communities — including a recent decision by Bedford County — Council voted 6-0 to drop the city's vehicle decals and fees, while raising the personal property tax from $1.80 to $2.17 per $100 of assessed value. Councilman Tom Padgett was not at the meeting.

  • After a decade of discussions and 2 1/2 years of work, JFHS has upgraded facility

    The Forest community got a look Tuesday at the completed work of the $38.5 million Jefferson Forest High School Renovation Project.

    A dedication ceremony and open house for the project were scheduled to take place at the school yesterday. What those attending were scheduled to see — in addition to a project that finished up under budget and some eight months ahead of schedule — was a school featuring both practical construction and showcase facilities.

  • Friday Football: JF, SR will play; Liberty to Saturday

    Due to inclement weather, Liberty's game with Amherst will be moved to Saturday, 6:00 p.m.

    Rustburg at Jefferson Forest and Brookville at Staunton River will take place as scheduled this evening.

    The field at Minutemen Stadium was filled with standing water, presenting a risk to injury.

    Jefferson Forest will still conduct Senior Night festivities, per the original schedule, starting at 7:00.

    Staunton River and Brookville will kick off at 7:30.

  • Commentary: Teammates

    I don’t often get to write a lot of positive things about the Staunton River football team. Sometimes, to do so is challenging.

    The squad is in the midst of (yet another) down season, standing at 0-7 overall.

    Last year, the Golden Eagles went 0-10.

    The team is in the midst of a 22-game winless streak.

    First year head coach Rick Witt has a long road to hike with his charges in order to turn things around.

    Yet, there’s a story that goes to the heart of what they’re trying to do in Moneta.

  • Heritage trounces River

    The Heritage Pioneers have a proud football lineage, although they are experiencing a down year.

    The Staunton River Golden Eagles don’t have nearly the pedigree of their Lynchburg-based counterparts. On top of that, the Eagles are suffering through a dismal season.

    For Staunton River, things took a turn for the worse as Heritage piled on the points in the second half, turning a 14-3 intermission score into a 40-3 rout.

    The game’s opening seemed to point to a wild one.

  • Cavs ground down by Amherst

    In a matchup of two teams known for their love of the running game and their staunch defense, Amherst held the upper hand in both areas this past Friday night.

    As a result, the Lancers hung a 35-6 pasting on the Cavs.

    Cav Head Coach Don Rice was succinct in his appraisal of the game. “They whupped our butts,” said Rice. “It was our worst game of the season.”

    It was an inopportune time to be a no-show. Amherst has been hitting on all cylinders, and if a team expects to beat the Lancers, it had best bring its A game.

  • Minutemen bow to Bees

    Going into its game with high-flying Brookville, Liberty knew it would have to play flawless football in order to have a shot at beating the Bees.

    Mission not accomplished.

    As a result of their inability to capitalize on Brookville errors and a Bee roster that is chock full o’ talent, the Minutemen saw Brookville prevail 36-14. The homecoming crowd saw the Bees run their record to 8-0 for the season (4-0, Seminole).

    Brookville also cemented down a home-field berth and a first-round bye for the Division 3 playoffs.

  • Mighty Brookville to visit the Eagles

    When undefeated Brookville heads to Staunton River this Friday evening, it won’t bear much resemblance to David and Goliath.

    The comparison would be more apt if you took away young David’s slingshot.

    Brookville is undefeated (8-0) and sits atop the state polls. The Bees are also at the top of the Division 3 playoff rankings.

    Brookville had tremendous talent at the start of the season, with 18 positions filled by returning starters. The team used that edge to start hot, opening the season by beating the defending state champ (Amherst).