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Today's News

  • Man to spend 3 years in prison for break-ins

        A Bedford man who broke into the homes of three retired Bedford residents pleaded guilty Friday to six felony counts in connection with the break-ins.
        Adam Oldfield, 32, was arrested after he broke into the home of one of the residents who was home at the time. He had busted down the door, and when he was discovered in the kitchen by the resident at her home, Oldfield told her he was there looking for a job. Oldfield left and was later found by police which led them to connect him to some open breaking and entering cases in the area.

  • Bedford votes key in AG election

        A question mark still hangs over the race for Attorney General nearly a week after the election. At present, Mark Herring leads Mark Obenshain by a margin of 117 votes — 1,103,610 to 1,103,493.  That will probably result in a recount.

  • Saving lives... in Jessie's name

    Jessica Erin Hart wanted to be a member of the Montvale Volunteer Fire Company.

        Though Hart, 17, died tragically in April from complications of mononucleosis following a visit to the doctor, she will be making a difference and helping the department save lives for years to come.

  • Student numbers in BCPS drop, so do funds

        Enrollment in Bedford County Public Schools is down even more than had been projected for this school year. That factor, coupled with a projected shortfall in state sales tax funding, has caused the school system to put some spending plans on hold.

  • Austin to fill Putney's seat

        A new face has joined the legislators representing the Bedford area. Terry Austin, a member of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors was successful in his bid to succeed Delegate Lacey Putney representing the 19th House of Delegates District.
        “I’m very proud of it,” Austin said of his election. “It’s quite a step going from supervisor to delegate. It’s challenging — it’s such a big district.”

  • Saunders, Lady Cavs soar

     

    One more to go.

    The Jefferson Forest girls cross country team continued its stretch of dominance, this time at the regional level.  

    Now, the question is:  Can the Lady Cavs do it one more time and bring home JF's first cross country crown since 2001?

    It'd be tough to bet against them.

    The team, which had already romped its way to victories at the district and conference level, picked up a convincing win at the 4A-North regional meet.

  • Liberty: County kingpins!

     

    It seems that, no matter the records or what is at stake, Liberty will give Jefferson Forest a heckuva football game.

    And vice versa.

    That was certainly the case last Friday night when the Minutemen paid a visit to Sabre Stadium.

    In a contest that was as seeped in criticality to the playoff picture as it was in its thrills, Liberty prevailed, 41-27.

  • Minutemen head to Magna Vista

     

    Magna Vista translates from the Latin as "great view" or "great vision." 

    The Magna Vista team which Liberty will face in its playoff opener should provide the Minutemen with a great view into whether they've got what it takes to make a deep playoff run.

    During the course of the regular season, the Minutemen have pretty much been the ones who have determined the fate of games.  

  • For JF football: end of the line

     

    For a campaign that started with such promise, Friday night's season-ending loss to Liberty has to be a bitter pill for the Jefferson Forest faithful to swallow.

    The Cavs wind up the 2013 slate with a mark of 4-6.  Additionally, they brought up the rear of the Seminole District and placed 18th in the final VHSL 3A-North rankings, two spots out of the playoff picture.

  • Sports commentary: The Tempest

     

    The kerfuffle in Miami got me reminiscing about fifth-grade history class.

    The disturbance to which I refer is the high drama being played out over a couple of offensive linemen, where neither is now suiting up on Sundays.  The culprit appears to be bullying.

    Full disclosure:  I'm a Buffalo Bills fan, and my team has enough of its own problems (such as finding a quarterback who isn't prone to injury).  Still, the two teams play in the same division, so I'm interested.