Today's News

  • School board revisits budget

        The Bedford County School Board will move into cut mode Thursday night.
        Following a 5 p.m. closed session, the board is scheduled to hold a work session at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the School Board office. The work session will provide a chance for the board to begin cutting $4.8 million from the $42.8 million local funding budget proposal it previously passed and sent to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.

  • Family protects property from future development

        Several hundred acres of Bedford County farmland is safe from development, thanks to action by Linwood and Pam Willoughby and two of their children.
        The Willoughbys own 350 acres in the Chamblissburg area and their daughter, Holly Willoughby, owns 205 adjoining acres. Another daughter, Rhonda Nunley, and her husband, Tom Nunley, own an additional 233 acres, separated from the others by a 600-foot wide strip of land. They all have put their land under a conservation easement with the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy.

  • Gunnin' for gobblers


    See the above photo?  It defines both fun and commitment.

    It is a shot taken following this year's Bedford Outdoor Sportsmen Association's  (BOSA) Gunnin' for Gobblers, which took place recently.

    This program is a spring turkey hunt which is dedicated to providing people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities.

    It is also a way to educate able-bodied individuals on how they can help a disabled friend or family member enjoy being in the outdoors once again.

  • Nine to the next level


    The cafeteria at Liberty High School was a place for celebration last Tuesday.  That's because nine of the school's student-athletes announced their commitments to various colleges.

    The nine seniors announced their choices of colleges to the crowd of over 150 family members, coaches and schoolmates.  All nine will be continuing their athletic endeavors at those institutions.

    All nine will be staying in state, so checking on their progress will be convenient.

  • Still giving to her students


    Justine Cutler's dream was to advance education.

    So, she'd likely be pleased by the fact that a scholarship set up in her memory is poised to do just that.

    The former English and drama teacher passed away on March 1 of this year after battling breast cancer for 16 years.  Since then, Liberty school administrators have set up a scholarship fund in her honor.

    And folks have responded with resounding support.

    "We've written 78 thank-you notes," said Cherie Whitehurst, Justine's daughter. 

  • No mundane Monday for Liberty


    Liberty hosted Heritage in boys soccer Monday as the Belles headed to E.C. Glass for a softball tilt.

    There were decidedly mixed results, with the lads taking it on the chin and the lasses storming to a decisive win.


    Carr has another gem

    In the world of numerology, 19 is pretty unexciting.  Sure, it's a prime number.  And, it's the title of singer Adele's debut album.

    After that, though, 19 is pretty darn boring.

  • Eagles flying high


    Springtime sports have not always brought great joy to the Staunton River community.  In fact, there have been many woeful springs for the black and gold.

    The spring of 2014, however, is shaping up to be one of much happiness.

    In particular, the Eagle girls' soccer team and the baseball teams aren't only doing well, they seem poised for potentially deep runs come playoff time.

  • Sports commentary: Just thoughts


    Allow me to use this space to declutter the old coconut.  I've had the following thoughts bouncing around my bean, though none merited a full column.  You, valued reader, may deem them of no merit at all!


    I know I'm weighing in late on this whole deal with the (soon to be former) owner of the L.A. Clippers.  That's the price of working for a weekly periodical.  

    Still, I wish the NBA was as severe on other transgressions as it is on racism.

  • We must increase our energy independence and create jobs with the Keystone XL Pipeline

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Holding the VA accountable

    More than 840,000 veterans call Virginia home and more than 20 million reside in the United States. They have served on battlefields across the globe, been stationed at bases both at home and abroad, and spent months, and even years, away from loved ones. They have sacrificed greatly to defend the freedoms you and I enjoy each day. In turn, it is our duty to ensure that they have access to the care needed when their military service is over.