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Today's News

  • Religion often keeps people backward

         If, as many people believe, religion is man’s first attempt at explaining his world, then we may well need a second one, if we can keep our planet safe and healthy from climate change deniers, who sometimes use religion to justify their rejection of science.
        There are probably thousands of different religions in the world, but most religious people are Christians, Jews, or Muslims. Most of them live quietly within their beliefs.

  • Don’t be too quick

        The concept plan for Urban Development Areas  (UDA) in the Forest and New London areas of the county drew a vocal turnout to a public meeting two weeks ago. It was a larger crowd than the folks who organized the meeting expected, so the room they reserved at the Forest Library was too small for the number of people who showed up. Most seemed to have been already upset when they arrived and the crowding — Americans really don’t like being crowded — probably didn’t help their mood. Most opposed the UDA idea.

  • School Board deals with knotty problems

        Bedford county’s school board got staff briefings on two difficult problems they are facing.
        One was a shortage of substitutes to cover teacher absences. As of the end of September, the school division logged 325 teacher absences that it did not have a substitute to cover.

  • Vest says goodbye

        Last week was Councilman Jim Vest’s last meeting. Vest stepped down from Council because he is moving to Lynchburg. It puts him closer to his grandchildren who live in Altavista. He and his wife share baby siting duty with his grandchildren’s other set of grandparents while the children’s mother works.

  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged

        A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.
        Those indicted include:
        Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • BCSO charges two more men in connection with murder of Lynchburg teen

        Two additional suspects have been charged in connection with the murder of a teen in Bedford County last March.
        Kevin Soto-Bonilla, age 20, was arrested in New York on September 19, 2017. He will be extradited back to Bedford in the coming days.
        Cristian José Sánchez-Gómez, age 22, was arrested on October 5, 2017 in Albemarle County, Va. He is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail on no bond.

  • County schools partner with Brook Hill Farm

        Bedford County Public Schools’ alternative education program has entered a partnership with Brook Hill Farm in a pilot program this year.

        Brook Hill Farm is a non-profit based in Forest that has a two-fold mission. One mission is that it rescues horses. This is the place where law enforcement from Bedford County and surrounding counties can take abused or neglected horses that have been confiscated from irresponsible owners. Brook Hill nurses them back to health and then puts them to work.

  • LHS fall concert breaks new ground

    By Foster Garrett
    Student Intern

  • Sports Day-ly: D.C.'s Curse

    By: Denton Day

    A few years ago I was not the kind of guy to believe in any sort of sports curse. The idea was silly to me.

    Yes I recognized that the Cubs had not won a World Series in a century and that Cleveland had not won a championship in over 50 years.

    I still did not believe. Funny how your opinion can so easily change once something has a direct impact on you.

  • Cavaliers Swat Bees on Senior Night

    By: Denton Day

    The Jefferson Forest Cavaliers continue their dominance on the volleyball court and extend their win streak to nine game following a 3-1 victory over the Brookville Bees on Oct. 12.

    The Cavaliers started the night by celebrating the accomplishments of their three seniors Bailey Tibbs, Lisa Romanzak and Emery Mcconnville.