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Today's News

  • Forest tops Liberty 30-14; both heading to playoffs

    Jefferson Forest marched into Bedford for the first time in three years, having hosted the Liberty Minutemen the past two seasons.

    The result was similar, however, as the Cavs took a convincing win, 30-14, giving them a three-game winning streak over Liberty.

    Behind the inspirational running of Forest tailback Desmond Goode, the Cavs turned the tide on a Liberty team that had clawed its way back into the contest early in the second half.

    That comeback was made necessary by the Cavs pitching a 16-0 shutout in the first half, rocking the Minutemen onto their heels

  • No more Oprah for me!

    So, I’m watching Oprah the other day...

    Wait, let me start over.

    So, the wife is watching Oprah the other day while I”m hard at work in the kitchen.

    I was making zingara, an Italian dish of sauteed pork chops, peppers, black olives and white wine. Wednesday is usually a light day for me, work-wise. It is, therefore, my day to take a stab at cooking.

    So, the wife interrupts my sullying of her kitchen by informing me that Marion Jones is on Oprah.

    Huh? What was Marion Jones doing on THAT show? Hadn’t she gone away?

  • Halloween heartbreak for Staunton River

    Trick or Treat? The Red Devils drove down Rte. 24 and knocked on Staunton River’s door. Rustburg opted for a sweet reward, with a 22-14 victory in overtime at Eagle Stadium.

    The Red Devils’ touted option game put the nail in the coffin for Staunton River as Javon Campbell scurried into the end zone for the final blow. Campbell pounded the ball for 155 yards on 35 carries for the night. “They scored and we were in trouble. They outflanked us on the point of attack,” Staunton River coach Rick Witt said.

  • Cavs to entertain Rockbridge (again)

    When Rockbridge County visited Jefferson Forest in the second week of the season, the Wildcats looked like anything but a playoff team.

    Rockbridge departed Bedford County with a 40-6 loss hung on it, in a breakout performance by the Cav offense. A stonewalling Forest defense had a lot to do with the outcome of that one.

    Certainly, that game will weigh heavily on the minds of many fans of both teams.

    If those fans are expecting a repeat, however, they should reconsider. Rockbridge is a different team, one bolstered by a fine six-game run that righted its ship.

  • Breaking: Perriello lead jumps to 814 votes

    Democratic challenger Tom Perriello's lead in he 5th District Congressional race jumped to 814 votes Thursday afternoon, as the vote counts continued to be updated following Tuesday's election.

    Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, after holding onto the slimmest of leads for most of the day Wednesday, fell behind challenger Tom Perriello by 31 votes in late afternoon updates Thursday's update turned worse for Goode.

    In the race, Perriello led 158,516 to 157,702 over Goode as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Goodlatte coasts, 5th District race close

    Although the Bedford area bucked the state trend, Barack Obama became the first Democratic Presidential candidate to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The Commonwealth contributed its 13 electoral votes to Obama's 349 electoral vote win.

    Voters in the city of Bedford also favored McCain over Obama 54.75 percent to 44.18 percent (1,497 to 1,208), though the absentee ballots had yet to be counted. County favored McCain by 68.17 percent to 30.75 (24,402 to 11,007).

  • Crash claims county teen

    A county teen was killed in a head-on crash, Monday morning, while driving to school.

    According state police, Tiffany Skylar LaPrade, 16, was driving east on Va. 24 when her 2001 Toyota Camry crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Dodge Ram pick-up driven by Rodney Whorley, of Huddleston. Whorley's truck then ran off the right shoulder of the road and overturned.

    The force of the impact threw LaPrades' car back into her original lane of travel, hiting a Honda Accord driven by Crystal Mayhew, of Vinton. Mayhew was eastbound at the time.

  • Make sure on Nov. 4 you get out and vote

    In a debate held this week, Bedford Elementary students took the initiative to study and learn about the issues of this year's presidential election by thoughtfully considering the candidates' positions on those issues. The students' arguments were well researched and thought out. Let's hope the adults of this community — and this country — are willing to take that same initiative as they get ready for the Nov. 4 election. And then let's hope they turn out and vote.

  • Letters

    Shopping local for the holidays

    It’s almost Halloween and then around the corner is Thanksgiving and yes, next is Christmas. Don’t remind me!

  • The importance of tax reform

    In a letter written by Benjamin Franklin to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, Franklin said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Taxes may be a certainty for every American, but complicated taxes shouldn’t be. Today’s tax code is unfair, discourages against savings and investment, and is impossibly complex. We can all agree that the current tax system is broken, and keeping it is not in America’s best interest. We need a less burdensome tax code which will ultimately benefit our national economy and our hard working citizens.