Today's News

  • JF band director receives national honor

        Jefferson Forest High School band director David Webb got a big pre-Christmas present at the end of last year—he was named a John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor Laureate.

        The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music, according to the Foundation’s website. Webb said that the Foundation annually inducts between six and eight high school band directors from across the United States into its Legion of Honor.

  • Sharp new board chair

        Bedford County’s board of supervisors began the new year with its annual organizational meeting, choosing District 4 Supervisor John Sharp as chairman and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker as vice chairman.
        Then, the supervisors got down to business. A request by the Bedford Regional Water Authority to transfer the former Camp 24 property to the Authority for a site for its proposed new water treatment plant proved to be contentious.

  • Prom Princess!

        According to Julie Austin-Witcher, Mrs. Virginia for 2013 and National Mrs. East Coast, the annual prom is the highlight of many teens’ high school year. It’s also costly as prom dresses can be quite expensive. That’s why Austin-Witcher came up with the Prom Princess Project.

        The event has a two-fold purpose. The main part is as a fundraiser, to buy prom dresses for girls who will be unable to afford them.

  • LU to modify Ivy Lake dam

        A gift given to Liberty University in 2008 is going to cost the university $1million dollars, and the school, in turn, wants to give it away. The university received Ivy Lake as a gift from the developer who built the subdivision around it.

  • Bedford business sues water authority

        A Bedford business is suing the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) over its plan to build a major new water system, intended to bring treated water, drawn from Smith Mountain Lake, to Bedford and on to Forest.
        The lawsuit was filed last week in Bedford County Circuit Court by attorneys representing Bedford Weaving, a business located in the town of Bedford.

  • "Sweep" smell of victory


    The good ship Liberty appears to be righted.  And the timing couldn't have been worse for its county rivals.

    The Minutemen topped Jefferson Forest on Thursday night by the score of 60-54, before taking Staunton River on Saturday to the tune of 67-63.

    The pair of wins did two things for the M-Men.  

    First, they are now tied with JF for third place in the district; as both teams now sport 3-2 Seminole marks.  

  • Minettes take care of county rivals


    All they do is win.

    They may not do so in pretty fashion.  Nor do they necessarily do so in a dominant way.

    But the wins keep piling up for the Liberty girls basketball team.  And that's what counts.

    The Minettes took care of a pair of county rivals as their latest victims.  A team that once (and not too long ago) took its poundings at the hands of its county foes is now the cream of the county.


    Liberty 48, Jeff Forest 39

  • Sports commentary: True North


    When it's nine degrees outside, one's mind wanders to odd places.  In my case, it was Germany, New Jersey and Qatar.

    I started writing this column last week, during our vicious cold snap.  That's right:  I never stop working for you, the loyal reader.

  • Bees sting Min-mat-men


    The Liberty wrestling crew still has quite a way to go to catch up with the likes of Brookville.

    That was shown last Wednesday evening, when the Bees flew into the Minutemen's gym and stung Liberty to the tune of 58-24.

    It was nearly as high a score as you can get.  The combined 82 points fell just short of the possible maximum total of 84.

    High point totals means high pin totals.  And that's just what the decently-sized crowd at Liberty saw.

  • Claim to Fame


    The festive Christmas decorations were shut down at Bedford's National Elks Home not long ago.

    But that doesn't mean the celebrating stopped.

    In fact, the place was in full roar last Friday evening.  That's when Liberty High School's first-ever Hall of Fame class was inducted.

    At a banquet hosted at the Elks Home, the class numbering 13 members was feted.  On Saturday, the members received their commemorative medallions between basketball games featuring the Liberty and Staunton River varsity squads.