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Today's News

  • Eagles share grappling crown

    When it was announced that Staunton River would leave the Seminole District for the Blue Ridge, the move was seen as a mixed bag.

  • Liberty takes County indoor crowns

    Liberty swept its County rivals in a three-team meet last Wednesday.  

  • The iceman cometh

    It was a simple enough request:  “Can’t we go to a hockey game?”

    Since the request came from the wife, I took it seriously, as I always do.

  • Second storm slams area; more might be on the way

    Cold air from Canada and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico teamed up to give the Bedford area  about a foot of snow over the weekend. It was the second major snowstorm this winter.

        And more might be on the way.

        According to Robert Stonefield, of the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, Forest got the heaviest Bedford area snowfall with 14 inches. Accumulations ranged from between 10 inches and a foot across most of Bedford County.

  • Private utility system gets thumbs down

    Bedford County’s planning commission gave a thumbs down to a controversial proposal for a private water and sewer system in the Goodview area, Monday night.

        The special use permit originally came before the planning commission at its Jan. 4 meeting.

  • Man sentenced to 18 years in prison

    A Big Island man will spend 18 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to three counts of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

        Bobby Allen Markham, 54, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 and received a 40 year sentence, with 22 years suspended, on three counts of animate object penetration involving a girl, between 14 and 15 years of age at the time the assaults occurred. Markham, after originally being found not competent to stand trial on the charges, was later restored to competency, according to  Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.

  • School board looks to delay school closings until 2011-2012

    Last month’s revelation that the Bedford County School Board is considering any and all options for saving money — including closing smaller schools — caught the attention of  the public and last week several representatives from schools that were mentioned turned out at Thursday’s budget work session.

  • Rising from the ashes

    A few days after a fire, last September, collapsed Olde Liberty Station’s roof into its dining room, Harry Leist, the owner, predicted he would reopen in February, hopefully early in the month.

        His prediction is coming true. Olde Liberty will reopen with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 8. Sadie Tharp, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp’s mother, will cut the ribbon.

  • Too much BCS

    This makes sense.

        We’re facing record deficits; we’re in the middle of two wars; there’s double-digit unemployment; and there’s that whole health care debate. So now comes word the Obama administration and a long-standing Republican senator are considering several steps that would review the legality of the current college football Bowl Championship Series.

        So that certainly seems like a logical place for the President and Congress to spend time trying to bring about change. Then again, maybe not.

  • Letters

    Schools vs. The Lottery

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the Lottery system supposed to help our schools?

        I walk into convenience stores and a big banner is displayed on the wall, “Virginia Lottery contributed (X amount of dollars) to the school system!” But, then I read “Bedford County Schools expect to lose $5.3 million from budget.” Something doesn’t add up.