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Today's News

  • Minutemen to head to Beehive

    Now the heavy lifting begins.

    After ringing up a gaudy 5-1 record, the Minutemen turn for the home stretch. A long and arduous stretch it is, starting with this week's matchup at Brookville.

    In addition to the Bees, Liberty faces (in order) Amherst, Rustburg and Jefferson Forest.

    While all four of those tasks are daunting, none seems as much so as Brookville. By the way, if you're shortchanging Rustburg, you do so at your own peril.

    Anyway, as to the task at hand: The Bees are on everyone's short list to make a run for a state title.

  • Minutemen take Heritage in homecoming bout

    Carlton Payne might not have been named king of the homecoming court, but he was certainly king of the gridiron as his three touchdowns powered Liberty to a 32-14 victory over visiting Heritage.

    Liberty hadn't scored against the Pioneers in the last two meetings between the two teams. That shortfall was rectified early. Payne hooked up with quarterback Tyler Bowyer on two touchdown passes in the first three minutes of play.

  • Eagles to play Heritage on Saturday evening

    In a rare matinee appearance, Staunton River will square off with Heritage at City Stadium this Saturday, at 5:00 p.m.

    The odd timing is due to scheduling conflicts at the Lynchburg venue.

    The extra day will give the Eagles additional time to get ready for the Pioneers (as well as to scout Brookville when it faces Liberty on Friday evening).

  • Economic issues sinking McCain's ship

    October arrived with Sen. Barack Obama gaining ground in national polls everywhere and actually leading in both Florida and Ohio.

    Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is having a tough time convincing many people that she should ever be anywhere near the White House. Every time she gives an interview you can see why. Her debate performance wasn’t bad, but she couldn’t match Joe Biden’s knowledge and experience.

  • Letters

    Ugly face

    This is not the first time, but it still shows its ugly face. Our back yard borders Perrowville Road in Forest where we placed signs for Obama, Warner, Perriello and Rasoul.

    Last week a neighbor saw a white SUV cut across our back strip and crush all four signs. This is not the first time. When Kaine ran for Governor a very large sign was stapled to a Perrowville Road fence only to be mutilated with slashes.

    Come on now. We all have the opportunity to express our preference at the voting machines Nov. 4th.

    Harold and Ann Reid

  • Dangerous allies

    In October of 1879, German Chancellor Otto Von Bismark made a fateful decision.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    A thumbs up to the installation of a new traffic signal at the interchange of Burks Hill Road and U.S. 460. Travelers of that route were greeted with the new light this weekend, a welcome sight for those trying to cross onto Burks Hill Road (South on Va. 122) from the westbound turn lane off U.S. 460. That has been a dangerous intersection for some time and should help ease maneuvering through the heavy traffic in that area that includes traffic from the National D-Day Memorial, the Bedford Area Welcome Center, Bedford Elementary School and those traveling towards the Lake.

  • Big Island woman pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    A Big Island woman pleaded guilty to 13 felony embezzlement charges during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday.

    Christina Carmichael Poore, 38, was arrested in April. She originally faced 27 embezzlement charges that spanned a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she was accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.

    As part of the plea agreement, 14 of the charges weren't prosecuted.

  • JFHS senior tapped for U.S. Army High School All-American Marching Band

    There was a time when Greg Thompson had a hard time playing even a note with a trumpet.

    But that was years ago, when he first took up the instrument as a fourth-grader. Today, the Jefferson Forest High School senior is an accomplished All-American musician, lauded for his playing, work ethic and leadership.

  • Moose join fight against Internet predators

    Wes Crowder and Paula Brazell dropped by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office to present a check for $11,245.

    Crowder and Brazell are officials with the Virginia Moose Association and the check represents money that the Moose collected in this state for the Safe Surfin' Foundation. Safe Surfin' is the educational arm of Operation Blue Ridge Thunder and its purpose is to educate children and teens about the dangers lurking in cyberspace.