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Today's News

  • Bedford County’s biggest yard sale is a year-long effort

        Members of Resurrection Catholic Church hold what is probably Bedford County’s biggest yard sale every year.

        Called Joyous Junque, the two-day sale is held on the first full weekend of June every year with 30 percent of the proceeds going to the church’s outreach programs and 70 percent going to local charities. This year, they passed out $48,000 to 25 charities, all but one of which are in either Franklin or Bedford County.
        That’s a pretty big yard sale!

  • Helping is still her passion

        Alzheimer’s slowly robs its victim of cognitive abilities but, in the case of Doris Juanita Burnette, her passion for helping others remains intact.

        Burnette began collecting aluminum soft drink can tabs for Ronald McDonald House in 1986 and, remains involved with it in spite of her illness.

  • Fire truck overturns

    Forest Volunteer Fire Department's Pumper 5, was on it's way fight a structure fire on 16522 Wyatts Way, when it overturned on New London Road this morning.

  • Not a typical 11-year-old

        Ryan Balderston, of Thaxton, sometimes thinks of himself as “a 40-year-old in an 11-year-old body.”

  • Board names D-Day Foundation president

        Now there is only one.

        After having co-presidents for eight months, the National D-Day Foundation now has a sole president; April Cheek-Messier was offered the post and has accepted it.
         Cheek-Messier, the daughter of District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, is a Bedford County native and a 1990 Staunton River High School graduate. Her father was in Staunton River’s first graduating class and her mother, Sheron Allen Cheek, was in Liberty High School’s first graduating class.

  • Activity helps woman with MS

        “I was told a long time ago I’d never walk again,” said Debra Rice.

        Rice, who lives at Salem Court Apartments, got that cheerful news from a doctor in 1991. Rice has multiple sclerosis (MS) an autoimmune disease. Her immune system attacks the myelin sheaths that cover nerves, disrupting their function.

  • Football's foundation

     

    They sure do love their football in Forest.  And Goode.  And Boonsboro.

    That sentiment became abundantly clear as the Forest Youth Association (of the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department) played host to a massive football camp last week.

    Nearly 60 aspiring gridiron stars invaded Nissan Field, off Rte. 811 for this year's camp.

  • Off to the playoffs

     

    Now the stakes are at their highest.

    After a solid run through its regular-season American Legion slate, Big Island Post 217 now takes aim at tournament glory.

    Big Island is heading into the post-season fray with a bit of wind at its back, and some in its face.

    On Thursday night, it topped Vinton Post 80 in a rain-shortened affair, 2-0.

    On Saturday, the Islanders hosted Martinsville Post 42 in a double header that ended the regular season on a less-than- positive note.

  • Sports commentary: Los gordos

    The news has been heavy lately. As in fat.
    Two items that have recently hit the national conscience involve weighty matters.
    The first is that the United States is no longer the fattest nation on earth. Mexico, of all countries, has supplanted us as the country with the greatest percentage of its people falling into the obese category.
    Or should I say that Mexico now has the largest percentage of ill people. That's because the second news item tells us that the American Medical Association (AMA) has deemed obesity to be a disease.
    More on that later.

  • The Old Dudes of Summer