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Today's News

  • Rivermen swim strong

    Staunton River has rarely been accused of being a strong swimming school.

    That appears to have changed, starting with the boys team.

  • Challenging year

    Delegate Lacey Putney, chairman of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee expects 2010 to be an interesting year.

        “To say that it is going to be an interesting year is to say the greatest understatement since when Noah said, ‘It looks like rain,’” Putney commented.

  • Death row sculpture

    hat do you do when you’re on death row, waiting to take your seat in the electric chair?

        If you were Floyd Allen, one of two men convicted and executed for murder in what’s sometimes known as the Hillsville massacre or Carroll County Courthouse shootout, you made a fairly elaborate wooden sculpture.

  • A look back at 2009

    Barack Obama inauguration

       

        The new year began with the inauguration of a new president.

        Barack Obama became America’s first black president and local schools made arrangements so that students could watch him take the oath of office on TV.

  • Change we can’t believe in

    Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska, found a pot of gold at the end of the healthcare debate rainbow last week. And with his vote, the 60th and deciding secured in the Senate’s vote that was held Christmas Eve, Nelson brought an early Christmas present home to his state. Of course, taxpayers from the rest of the country will be the ones paying the bill. The healthcare vote showed just how low politicians will go.

  • Steps to healthy holidays

    Have you ever used the excuse you are too busy to exercise?  During the winter holidays we often eat more and are stressed.  Both of these can be helped with exercise.  The New Year is the perfect time to get in the exercise habit, so you will see its benefits before Spring. 

  • 2009: A year toeeforget?

        I, for one, will not mourn the passing of 2009. That’s the thing about the New Year; we can always begin it hoping that it will be better than the last one.

        I would submit 2009 as a poster child for that approach. Unfortunately, I can’t think of more positive and memorable events than events and realities that are better off forgotten.

  • 2010 will probably be a tough year

        The recession ended in the United States in the third quarter of this year. Locally, the city of Bedford noted that its sales tax revenue began to turn around in the fourth quarter, in November.

        That doesn’t mean we are out of the woods. Unemployment has continued to rise and, not being an economist, I wouldn’t hazard a guess when that will stop, although the rate at which jobless figures have been rising began decelerating before the middle of the year.

  • Joseph H. Hensley, 79, Big Island

        Joseph Howard “Joe” Hensley, 79, of Big Island, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Lynchburg General Hospital.  He was born in Bedford County on April 17, 1930, a son of the late Ryland Lee Hensley and Rena Gillespie Hensley. 

        In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Warren Dale Hensley, Douglas Dwayne Hensley, six brothers and one sister. 

  • Top Ten stories of 2009: #10

     Our final story in the top ten was newsworthy, but hardly shocking.  Jefferson Forest continued its long run of excellence on the ball field, as both its baseball and softball teams had superb seasons.  The Cavs took home the Seminole crown by virtue of a 10-2 regular season record.  The Cavs would advance to the Regional semifinals, where they were ousted by Alleghany, 1-0.  The Lady Cavs, similarly, posted a 10-2 regular season mark.  That tied them with Brookville but, since JF beat the Bees t