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Today's News

  • Sports commentary: Local is good

     

    When it comes to college sports, there's something to be said for in-state rivalries.

    Well, at least I hope there is, seeing that I have 20 column inches here that need filling up with thoughts about the topic.

    Check that.  I need to fill  18.5, as I've already used up  a bit with the intro.  And, according to my editor, those (now) 18 inches of writing had better be pretty darn good.

  • Loss caps up & down year for M-Men

     

    "May you live in interesting times."

    -Ancient Chinese curse

     

    The Liberty football team, one that has lived this season in interesting times, saved the best for last.

    The Minutemen's loss to Magna Vista in the opening round of the playoffs was the pièce de résistance of a season that was loaded with high drama and hard feelings.

  • Hasta la Vista, baby

     

    One hundred points.

    One thousand yards.

    Forty nine broken hearts.

    Those were the key statistics from Liberty's playoff opener, held Friday night.

    The Minutemen were on the slightly shorter end of a 51-49 loss to Magna Vista.

    In a game where each team racked up over 500 yards, it was the Warriors who came away with the final, deciding score.  That touchdown sent the 49 lads who make up the Liberty team from soaring joy to harrowing despair.

  • 60-year-old woman guilty of embezzling money from Witt Mechanical

        A 60-year-old Lynchburg woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $100,000 from Witt Mechanical in Bedford over a four-year period beginning in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson entered guilty pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court to three counts of embezzlement and three counts of money laundering.

  • Honoring America’s veterans
  • Dr. D’s Health Tips

    By Alan Denekas, MD
    Medical Director, Emergency Department
    Bedford Memorial Hospital

        Fall brings to mind many wonderful images,  like  red and gold leaves, harvests rolling in, sipping hot chocolate or cider in front of a crackling fireplace or gathering with loved ones around a full Thanksgiving table.  There are a number of things we can do to ensure that the season fulfills its promise of being healthy, warm, safe and fun.

  • Confessions of a political animal

    “I so enjoy beating you people.”
        That was the not-so-humble remark made by your favorite left-wing columnist to a friendly Republican colleague when both returned to work following the election.
        She took it well, though, and even played her part. “I know,” she said.
        But she was smiling.

  • Be careful if you decide to build it

        As Bedford County moves forward on building a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone, some people want to make a mid-stream change. Instead of building a new middle school, they want to build a new high school and turn the current Liberty High School (LHS) campus into the middle school.

  • Peace of mind

    Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown’s decision to stop storing data from the department’s license plate reader for more than 24 hours is a positive move. In light of all the data collection going on by the federal government these days, this is, if nothing else, a little peace of mind.
        These days, we’ll take any less data mining of our personal lives we can get.

  • Bust will honor Bob Slaughter

        The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is launching a fundraising drive to install a bust of Bob Slaughter at the National D-Day Memorial. The bust, with an accompanying plaque, is slated to be dedicated on Memorial Day.

        The Memorial is there, to a great extent, due to Slaughter’s efforts.