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Today's News

  • Networking Women help Bedford Ride

        Bedford Networking Women will sponsor an event called Christmas in July to raise money for Bedford Ride. The event will be held at the Bedford Moose Lodge on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        Bedford Ride is a non-profit organization that provides non-emergency medical transportation for people, living in Bedford County, who would otherwise be unable to get to medical appointments. All drivers and dispatchers are volunteers. Bedford Ride provides the vehicles, gasoline and insurance.

  • Photo of the Week: Dawn breaks over the surf

     

    This summer's first Photo of the Week is actually three photos.  Jason Anderson, of Forest, submitted the above stunning image, which he made using a fine photographic eye and a technique called High Dynamic Range imaging.  In HDR, three (in this case) photos of the same scene are merged to give a more luminous image, drawing the best of the images.  

  • JF places a bunch on All-Region teams

     

    While the school year is long over, accolades continue to pour in for some of Bedford County's outstanding athletes.

    The 4A-North Region recently released its All-Region teams for the spring sports seasons.  A number of Jefferson Forest athletes figured prominently in the selections.

    The JF girls soccer team, which came within a hair's breadth of winning the State title, placed three players on the All-Region first team.  The boys soccer team landed a pair of players on the first team, as well.

  • Whitlock in charge

     

    Melvin D. Whitlock was introduced as the new head coach of the Jefferson Forest boys' basketball program.

    Whitlock was introduced to a host of interested parties, including players, their parents and local media, at a meet-and-greet hosted at the school Monday evening.

    He takes over a program which has been competitive under previous coaches Paul Smith and Paul Redgate.  Being competitive, however, should not be confused with being a Seminole powerhouse.

  • Sports Commentary: Upside down

     

    Baseball is still called our national pastime: a pleasant diversion designed to while away the hours in a pleasant fashion.

    All sports should be so defined.

    Unfortunately, today the world of sports also plays a role that extends beyond providing mere entertainment.

    Sports have become part and parcel of how we define ourselves as a people.

  • Making strides toward enhancing our veterans’ health care

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Making veterans care more accessible

    As more information surfaces, the severe mismanagement and “lack of integrity” within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has grown increasingly clear. A nationwide audit of access and wait times at 731 VA facilities was released just days ago. The results were highly alarming and only added to my serious concerns about veterans’ access to medical care. The audit found that more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first appointment at a VA facility.

  • Decision needed serious discussion

    By Doris McCabe
    Bedford

        The central issue at the June 9 Board of Supervisors / Planning Board’s public hearing was that zoning regulations effectively blocked an entire industry – Confined Animal Feeding Operations -- from doing business in Bedford County.

  • Eric Cantor and ‘The Great Betrayal’

    While one Virginia politician was making national headlines last week, another one lit a fire in the same kind of partisan fight that had brought down the first one.
        Eric Cantor and Phil Puckett may not know each other, but they found themselves front-line players in the same fight: the ideological battle between the few common sense Republicans left, and the “tea party” fanatics who imagine themselves on some holy mission, like the Crusaders of old.

  • We must never forget!

        Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

        These anniversaries, especially the five-year anniversaries, of D-Day always remind me of why the National D-Day Memorial is vital. Folks often talk about how nice it is for the D-Day veterans to be able to see it, but its mission — remember, it’s a memorial — is to make sure we remember all those guys who never lived to see it.