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Today's News

  • Look out below

    There are certain tasks I just hate to do.

    I don't like to put things together ? such as bookcases, sheds or puzzles. There are too many directions and/or too much thinking involved. If a product says "easy installation in just 20 minutes" I run the other way. Or I buy it and give it to my wife to build.

    I also don't like to walk in high places. I don't do roofs, high-rise construction sites or ladders over 8 feet high. I'm short for a reason.

  • Accident Friday sends five to hospital

    A three-car accident on Va. 122, north of Liberty High School, sent five people to area hospitals Friday afternoon. Traffic backed up for more than an hour as the road was closed following the accident which occurred around 3:20 p.m. One of the vehicles, a black Nissan Altima, was sideswiped by another vehicle, a white Nissan Maxima, which was traveling on the wrong side of the road trying to make a pass, according to Va. State Trooper J. E. Edgell. The Altima went over the embankment, flipping several times.

  • Armed robbery being investigated

    Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating an armed robbery at the Apple Market located at 4640 Stewartsville Road, Moneta.

    At 9:29 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Apple Market located at the intersection of Stewartsville Road and Stony Fork Road reporting an armed robbery. After arriving on the scene, the clerk advised deputies that a man wearing camouflage clothing, a mask over his face, black gloves and dark glasses entered the store armed with a knife.

  • New business offers pedicures, manicures and facials

    Although you would never guess it to look at her, Michelle Carter used to be a long-haul truck driver. She spent eight years driving 18-wheelers.

    "It's a rough job, but it's an interesting job," she commented.

    Now, she owns her own business, which provides pedicures, manicures and facials, among other things. It opened last month on Crenshaw Avenue, in the same building that houses Blue Ridge Fitness, across the street from the Duchess of Bedford.

    "I always kept my nails done while I was in the truck," Carter said, explaining why she started this sort of business.

  • Staunton River to entertain William Byrd

    You want drama? Come on over to Eagle Stadium this Friday night, and you’ll get a bellyful when Staunton River hosts William Byrd.

    First, there is the inherent rivalry between Staunton River and William Byrd. With the majority of the Eagle student body coming from the area bordering Vinton, the students of both schools are quite familiar with one another.

    Second, you have the impending move of Staunton River to the Blue Ridge. Will Byrd be of a mind to give the Eagles a welcome gift? Not likely.

  • River surprised by Cave Spring new look

    Staunton River showed up for its game at Cave Spring with run on the brain. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Cave Spring had experienced a quick metamorphosis, emerging as a pass-happy team.

    As a result, Staunton River suffered a 28-6 loss to the Knights, dropping the team to 0-2 overall (0-1 in the Seminole District).

    The Knights put up two quick touchdowns on the Eagles, as quarterback Josh Woodrum aired it out early and often during the first two Cave Spring possessions.

  • Rockbridge hits stonewall on Forest gridiron

    There were only two similarities between this year’s JF-Rockbridge game and last season’s version.

    First, the Cavs won both games. Second, Rockbridge scored 6 points in each contest.

    In the biggest difference, Forest’s one-point margin of victory last year was surpassed by 33, as the Cavs had their way with the Wildcats, 40-6.

    The game served to make several statements. Of primary notice, the Cav offense is for real. The 43 points it put up in last week’s game against Staunton River was not an anomaly.

  • District Volleyball ramps up

    Ready or not, the Seminole District volleyball season opens this Thursday night. Liberty will visit Staunton River while Jefferson Forest will head to Heritage. Both games are at 7:30.

    Certainly all three teams have question marks. While Rustburg looks to be the slight favorite to win the District, every Seminole squad has a shot. Certainly, Brookville lost a lot to graduation, but the Bees have developed a culture of winning over the past couple of years. That, plus some decent talent, should help them in their run.

  • Commentary--Local football dog days

    The timing of the high school football schedule is terrible.

    We were already two games into the season and we hadn’t even bid farewell to August.

    The season will be half over before the first day of Autumn (Sept. 21).

    With each team receiving a bye-week, regular season play wraps up on Oct. 31, just about the same time baseball’s World Series champ will be crowned.

    The reasons for the first game of the season being on Aug. 22 stem from the playoff system and the rest of the school year.

  • Cavs take a bye week

    Forest takes its 2-0 record into its bye week. But it won’t rest on its laurels. Instead, it’ll be getting ready for E.C. Glass, and the game against the Hilltoppers next Thursday.

    This past Monday, the Cavs were back in the weight room, under the watchful eyes of strength gurus Jeremy Hardison and David Carter.

    The two coaches have helped to make a noticeable difference in the Cavs this year.

    Most of the players look, and play, as though they lived the entire summer in the wight room.