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Today's News

  • Did you hear?

    Local couple live through quake

    On May 12 a 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked China, killing more than 34,000 people. Among those who were there was a couple teaching English with local ties to Bedford.

    According to area resident Cindy Connor, Rebecca Stormer lived here in Bedford and taught at CVCC, as well as being a local artist. Her husband, Richard Hartley worked for Bedford County and Roanoke City schools until he retired. He is from Rocky Mount. They moved to China in August to teach English and were 30 miles form the epicenter of the quake.

  • New SRHS principal visits with faculty

    Robert Stump is ready to become a Staunton River Golden Eagle.

    Stump visited with faculty, staff and students recently after being named as the new principal of the school.

    He will officially take on his new duties July 1, but the transition has already begun.

    Stump told the SRHS faculty, during a meeting held May 14, that he wanted to help them use every bit of the strengths they have in educating students.

    "This is what I want to do," he said of getting ready to assume his new position.

  • Law targets child sex predators

    A young Pennsylvania woman is getting the perfect revenge for something that happened to her six years ago.

    Alicia Kozakiewicz was 13-years old when she disappeared on New Year's Day, 2002.

    "She disappeared between dinner and dessert," her mother, Mary Kozakiewicz recalled.

    Alicia had been lured to meet somebody she met on the Internet, an Internet predator who kidnapped her, brought her to Herndon, where she was kept chained in a basement and tortured for four days.

  • Okuley Group moves to Centertown

    A new independent full service investment firm has opened in Bedford.

    Although the Okuley Group, located at the corner of East Main Street and North Bridge Street in Bedford, held a grand opening a few weeks ago, the firm actually opened for business in January. It's not brand new, either. It's been around for 10 years.

    "We like it here," commented Mike Okuley, the firm's owner. "Our kids go to school here, they play sports here."

  • Minettes, Lady Cavs advance to District softball semifinals

    As far as Staunton River was concerned, Liberty could not have chosen a worse time to right its ship.

    The Minette bats came to life, supporting pitcher Brooke Davis?s fine outing. As a result, the visiting Eagles saw their season come to an end, 8-1.

    The Minettes returned to earlier season form, looking more like the team that won nine straight to open the season than the squad that hit a rough patch, finishing fourth in the District.

  • Liberty and SR make it three county teams in girls' soccer semis

    Tonight (Wednesday) will be Bedford County night, as the three local girls? soccer teams are joined by Heritage at the District semifinals in Forest.

    Girls? soccer is the only sport in which all three county teams advanced to the semis (as well as to Regional play).

    Liberty punched its tick by beating up on Rustburg, a team notable for its winless season as well as a grittiness and gutsiness. The final score was 7-0 in favor of the Minettes.

    Staunton River took care of an overmatched, but noble Amherst team, eliminating the Lancers by the score of 2-0.

  • Liberty booters solve Staunton River

    Staunton River had its greatest regular season success against Liberty, going 1-0-1 against the Minutemen.

    Liberty had a sluggish attack all season, failing to score more than two goals in a game.

    So, of course, Liberty beat the Eagles 3-1. The win pushed the Minutemen into the District semifinals, where they will play homestanding Jefferson Forest (Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.). Additionally, the victory assured Liberty of a berth in the Regional tournament starting next week.

    Liberty earned that win by effectively countering Staunton River?s speed.

  • Forest takes three titles

    While the rest of the Seminole District was slugging it out on Monday, three Jefferson Forest teams were catching a break while staying above the fray. The Forest baseball and both soccer teams stayed home, a nice benefit of their regular season championships.

    Since the departure of Appomattox, the Seminole District has seven teams. Therefore, the District champ in each sport gets a bye for the first round of the tournament.

  • NASCAR and pump pain--commentary

    Having thought I?ve lived a pretty fulfilled life, I had a new experience the other day: Paying fifty dollars for a tank of gas. Now, I don?t get my hands on too many of those $50 bills, featuring U.S. Grant, so parting with one for what used to cost me an Andrew Jackson was a bit startling.

  • Liberty, River diamondmen fall

    One baseball game was a pitcher?s paradise. The other was a batter?s bonanza. Both ended in defeat for county teams.

    Liberty hosted, and was topped, 1-0 by Amherst while Staunton River visited, and was beaten, by Heritage 9-8.

    The Minutemen and the Eagles have the rest of the year to reflect on the games, as the losses eliminated them from further tournament play. Top-seeded Jefferson Forest is the only local team still in the running.