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Today's News

  • Council begins work on budget

    Bedford Town Council got to work this week dissecting a proposed budget from town staff that raises electric rates by 2 percent, but leaves real estate property taxes at its current rate.
        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski presented his budget to council last week and work on it was scheduled to begin in earnest by council yesterday during a work session.

  • Chairman questions abstentions

        The Feb. 10 Board of Supervisors regular meeting marks the third time recently that District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson has abstained on a vote.
        At that meeting Thomasson abstained on a vote to transfer 69 acres of the former Camp 24 site to the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) for a new water treatment plant.
        That vote comes after Thomasson abstained, last month, on a vote to advertise the public hearing for the land transfer. 

  • Like a school of sharks

     

    There's no "team" in "swim."

    Unless, of course, those swimmers don the red and black of Jefferson Forest.

    The floatin' Foresters were back in action this past weekend, kicking up a storm in the 4A-North Regional championships, at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

    And while only one Cav struck individual gold, the team rose up as one to push the team into high standing.

    How's this grab ya?  The Lady Cavs took second place, while the guys took third.

  • Sports Commentary: We hardly knew ye

     

    I never really got to know Bruce Cassels.  And now, he's gone.

    Cassels passed away last week.  I'm told he was felled by a heart attack.  A youngish 63, Cassels could outrun some of the kids he coached:  His physical condition was that good.

    Regrettably, he couldn't outrun the silent predator that overcame him with a too-soon death.

  • Glass dominates Conference 24 track

     

    As far as Jefferson Forest's track team is concerned, this new post-season setup bears little difference to the old.

    "In a lot of ways, (the Conference 24 meet) is the same as districts," said JF distance ace Erin Saunders.  "The big 'same' is that Glass is still here."

    Indeed, the Hilltoppers were out in force at Sunday's conference meet.  

  • Minette tracksters fall just short

     

    Liberty entered the brave new world of the indoor track post-season.  

    By all accounts, the team did just fine.

    In fact, Liberty emerged as one of the stronger teams in Conference 30.  The Minettes looked strong, missing out on first place by half a stinkin' point.  The Minutemen also took second.

    Liberty was powered by a trio of double winners:  Kennedy Flynn, Mikalah Jones and Justin Haupt.

  • Winter Storm: Hazardous driving conditions remain on area roads

    SALEM DISTRICT:  DRIVING WILL BE A CHALLENGE DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE

    Drivers are encouraged to avoid southbound I-81 in Montgomery County

    SALEM– Many roads remain mostly snow covered in western Virginia as snow continues to fall. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors continue to plow and treat primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and interstates.

  • Winter storm

    SALEM DISTRICT:  CREWS WORKING ON SECONDARY ROADS AND NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS

    SALEM– Warm temperatures and the efforts of snow plow drivers have improved road conditions throughout western Virginia. Most primary routes (those numbered 1-599) and all interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) are in minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.  

  • Forest Fire Department to hold first fundraiser of the year

        January was a very busy month for Forest Vol. Fire Department.
        The department answered 54 calls for service during the month with an average of an hour spent on each call. The new officers have been installed and are hard at work on their various assignments.

  • Crossover week arrives

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        This week will be the most intense week here at the Capitol. The week is called “Crossover” or when all of the Senate bills must crossover to the House of Delegates before Wednesday. Inside the Capitol, Senate committees and the full Senate are reviewing many of the most important and controversial bills of this Session.