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Today's News

  • Unrelenting gun violence strikes again

    The latest gun massacre in the United States struck this time in California, and sent the angry father of a victim on a personal gun control crusade.
        These events have now become so routine in America that they basically contain the same elements: Shooter (disturbed, fired, romantically rejected, depressed, etc.) enters building (school, workplace, shopping mall) and kills as many people with a gun as he can before killing himself.

  • Religious persecution is coming

        Facts are indeed stubborn things, as Rick Howell wrote in the Liberal Agenda last week. Liberals are also stubborn things although I often tend to think of them as more perverse than stubborn.
        One area where their perversity comes to fore is how they view the Constitution. When it suits them, they view the Constitution as a rubber document that can be stretched in any direction they choose. At the same time they can be hard-nosed strict constructionists when something can be used to support their social agenda.

  • They gave their all

    They were farmers, baseball players, factory workers.
        They had girlfriends—they enjoyed using the dollar they earned at National Guard meetings to buy popcorn and share a drink at the movies.
        The got Bibles for Christmas; they shot pool.
        And they gave their all for their country.
        Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when this nation’s best stormed the beaches of Normandy. And in the first wave were the best and brightest of Bedford.

  • New scoring mark at JF

    Let's face it:  Jefferson Forest soccer is a powerhouse.

    Indeed, the Cavs and Lady Cavs have been a major player in the state for a couple of decades.

    During that time, a number of magnificent players have donned the black and red.

    Guys like Jim and David Rochow, Adam Roscioli and Tim and Tyler Bullock.

    On the ladies' side, you have notables such luminaries as Chelsea Hayes, Brittany Gallagher and Laura Golon.

    But only one name can sit atop the list of most prolific scorers in Jefferson Forest soccer history.

  • Glass is tops in 4A-North, but JF makes point

     

     

    It's hard to top the Hilltoppers.

    In fact, it's downright impossible.

    E.C. Glass made mincemeat out of the rest of the 4A-North region, literally running away with championships in both the men's and women's sides of the house.

    Powered by nine national elite performances and nine first-place finishes, the Hilltoppers were nothing short of dominant.

  • Liberty lasses rise

     

    Bedford County ladies continued to impress on the track.  This time, they brought their speed and strength to the 3A-West regional meet, held at Cave Spring.

    At last weekend's competition, the county contingent was led by Megan Beisser and Alexus Pannell.  Beisser, who had just graduated from Liberty last weekend, posted a first place in the 100 hurdles for her recent alma mater.  Pannell, a rising senior, nabbed top honors in the triple jump.

    Top 10 women's teams

  • Sports commentary: Weighty issues

     

    "This pricing is unfair," I thought to myself.

    It had that thought as the wife and I were shopping for running shoes the other day.

    Now, I know that sentence is fraught with incongruities.  For example, the wife and I really shouldn't go shopping for anything together.  At the grocery, while she's filling the cart with staples, such as flour, breakfast cereal and bananas, I'm trying to slip large bags of beef jerky and lime-flavored Tostitos onto it.

    Alas, such goodies typically get the boot.

  • Lady Minutemen: last off the diamond

     

    Bedford County has suddenly taken on the likeness of a pawnbroker's safe:  Lots of unused diamonds.

    That dynamic (or lack thereof) was a result of a rough slate of conference games which left all of our baseball teams and all but one of our softball teams on the outside, looking in.

    That sole remaining team is the Liberty Lady Minutemen.  Or, we should say, it was the Liberty belles.  They, too, suffered the harsh reality of being bounced, though their termination came in regional play, the only county team to so advance.

  • County: Soccermania!

     

    We may not yet rival the likes of Brazil, Italy or Spain.

    But, Bedford is certainly becoming a hotbed of soccer.

    The fruits of many years of labor paid off last week as five of the six local high school varsity squads advanced to regional competition.

  • Vote to delay school closing fails

    A request to delay a decision on closing either Moneta Elementary School or Body Camp Elementary school failed on two separate votes Thursday night during a meeting of the Bedford County School Board.