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Today's News

  • Hitting the links for Luke

     

    Sometimes, you're dealt a lousy hand.

    Sometimes that bum deal comes at the most inopportune of times.

    Sometimes it comes in a form that is both stunning and mystifying.

    And when such misfortune strikes, it is in our human nature to lash out in anger or to wallow in introspective pity.

    Not Luke Arrington.

    The 18-year old native of Bedford County was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood.

  • Future taking root in the present

     

    Good high school sports teams are not made overnight.

    In nearly every sport, the work and development which takes place well before high school is what translates into success on the varsity fields and courts.

    Such developmental efforts were on display in the Liberty and Forest zones last week.

    The Bedford Area YMCA hosted a basketball camp, while the Forest Youth Athletic Association fields were the site of a football camp.

  • Islanders eye playoffs

     

    They'll get a breather.  Then things will really heat up for the American Legion Post 217 Big Island baseball crew.

    Coming off a week in which they played six games, the Islanders will head for the post-season, ready or not.

    The good news?  Big Island will host the District 10 tournament this weekend at Jim Thacker Field, at Forest Middle School.

    "We've been to Danville and we've been to Brookville," said Head Coach Kelley Russell.  "It's time to play on our home field."

  • Sports commentary: Cup-idity

     

    I hope none of you depend upon me when placing your wagers.

    If so, you'd have really been in trouble for any World Cup betting.

    In last week's column, I blithely selected Brazil to top the Netherlands in the finale.

    When you read that, you might have thought, "What a dummkopf!  Those two teams didn't even make the finals."

    You may have especially thought that if you are from Germany, the country that actually won the crown.

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Bedford Main Street Executive director

        Would you believe it’s been 33 years since Bedford hosted its first Centerfest? Thirty-three years and this amazing festival is still the Bedford event of the year that draws thousands of people into Centertown!

  • Boating legislation update

    By Bruce Dungan
    SML Water Safety Council

        It has been an interesting session in Richmond with respect to boating legislation.

  • The broiling politics of summer

    Summer is to be endured.
        I know most people have very romantic notions about it. It’s supposed to be this pristine time of beautiful, clear weather, vacations to the beach, etc., etc.
        Kids, of course, don’t have to go to school, so that makes it magical for them (pretty magical for teachers, too, I’d say). But for some of us, there’s nothing but bugs, flies, storms, and vicious heat to escape.

  • Leading the way — to destruction

  • Double-header mania

     

    In baseball, you never know.

    Take Big Island Post 217's doubleheader with Danville Post 325.

    The bottom line is that the teams split the pair of seven-stanza sessions.

    But, the two games couldn't have been more different.

    In the first contest, Danville took a 4-3 nail biter.  In the nightcap, the Islanders prevailed, 18-11.  The only nail biting going on in that one came from the guy keeping the scoreboard, afraid he was going to run out of numbers.

  • Sports Commentary: Third place?

     

    Well, this World Cup business will finally be settled this Sunday.  Even though this column isn't about the World Cup, per se, I'll still throw out a prediction.  It could be way off, however, since the semifinals haven't taken place yet as this paper goes to press.  Nevertheless, I'll boldly go with Brazil over Netherlands, the former seemingly the New York Yankees of FIFA, and the latter the Buffalo Bills (three title games, three losses).