Today's News

  • A stunning new unemployment rate

        From where I live in Roanoke I can hear the factory whistle blow several times a day. It produces a lonely wail first at 7 a.m., at noon and 12:30 p.m. for the lunch break, and then at 3 p.m. for the end of first shift.

        My son and I have passed the factory many times as we’ve walked to the Roanoke River. We never knew what the initials “FWC” stood for. Recently, I saw familiar footage of the factory grounds on television.

  • Alarmists are the real threat

        Although the weekend’s weather was quite mild, cool rather than cold, the big chill we had last week made me think of a story I did in January.

        I had heard that the city and county “Democrats” were having Weed at a joint meeting at the Welcome Center. Wondering if the sheriff knew about this, I took a camera and notebook and went there to check it out.

  • Crash claims life of Pittsville man

        An 80-year-old Pittsville, Va., man died in a two-vehicle accident last Thursday afternoon.

        The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on Route 608 about a mile east of route 734 in the Huddleston area.

        Richard Smith Anderson, 80, was driving a 2000 Ford van and died as a result of injuries from the accident. According to  Sgt. Bob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

  • Burn ban set to begin

    The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15  – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.

        This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

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  • County sports a mixed bag for tonight due to weather, school closings

    The county grappling meet will take place, as scheduled, Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Staunton River High School.

    Wrestling action begins at 6 p.m.

    The boys' basketball game featuring Brookville at Liberty that had been pushed to tonight (Wednesday) will still take place:

    Amherst at Jefferson Forest boys' basketball has been postponed until Monday, Feb. 2.

    JV basketball starts at 6 p.m., Varsity should start at 7:30.


  • Putting pep in their teams' steps

    When opposing basketball teams travel to Liberty’s gym, they have more to contend with than just the talent they face on the floor.

  • Hard times come to sports

      I am wary (and weary) of those supposed experts who are calling this the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  That is yet to be determined (though my money says there have been worse times).

  • Cavs victim of Bee vendetta

    There is an old Sicilian proverb:  Vengeance is a dish best served cold.

    Such was the case for the Brookville basketball squad, which avenged its loss to Jefferson Forest 36 days later.

  • Breaking: Sheriff's Office releases photo of suspect in robbery

    A photo of the suspect in Tuesday afternoon's robbery of the SunTrust Bank in Forest has been released by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

        The suspect is believed to have been pictured placing an order at the Burger King fast-food restaurant next door to the bank. The photos were taken just prior to the bank robbery, which occurred at about 2:31 p.m. When he entered the bank, the suspect is believed to have been wearing a wig. He was also believed to be captured on surveillance video at the Burger King about 45 minutes prior to the robbery.