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Today's News

  • Lady Cavs cruise to county soccer wins

    Lady Cavs blank Minettes

    Jefferson Forest's ladies took care of business in workmanlike fashion, disposing of the homestanding Liberty Minettes by a score of 2-0.

    The scoring was book-ended, with Brittany Gallagher's goal coming 2:30 into the match. Katherine Frank's insurance goal came with four minutes remaining.

    Gallagher's goal was an easy tap into the lower left corner of the goal mouth. She was ably assisted by Cameron DeWitt on the kind of goal that Forest Head Coach Stan Golon loves. "That was a team goal," said Golon.

  • Now they're banning the game of Tag! Commentary

    I recently read that an elementary school principal in McLean has banned the game of tag from the playground of the Northern Virginia school.

    Citing the "intense aggression" of the game, Robyn Hooker informed parents that students at Kent Gardens Elementary would no longer be allowed to play the ageless classic.

    When parents expressed their disappointment at the ruling, Hooker sniffed, "I did not know that tag was so sacred."

    I'm with the parents on this one. Only "sacred" might be too tame of a word when it comes to tag.

  • Lady Cavs upend Liberty, ring up SRHS

    It was a team with five straight titles vs. an undefeated one; a young team vs. an experienced one; Forest vs. Liberty.

    In a tight pitching duel, the Lady Cavs prevailed 3-0, hanging a loss on the Minettes for the first time this season and putting Forest back into the thick of the hunt for a sixth straight title.

    Freshman Carly Farmer limited the Minettes' hitherto spicy bats to four hits while reigning Seminole District Pitcher of the Year fell victim to some shoddy field play by her mates.

  • Forest diamondmen sweep county rivals

    Forest waited four weeks before hosting a game. The Cavs looked like they never missed the place as they took care of Liberty 9-2 on the Forest diamond. "The Seminole District is never easy, no matter who you're playing," said Forest Head Coach Ryan Gilleland. "You've got to win at home"

    After spotting the Minutemen a two run lead, Forest piled up all of its runs in the fourth (four runs) and fifth innings (five) as their bats caught fire.

  • The madness of spring (and politics)

    Don?t hold the presses just yet, but it looks like we have actually achieved spring.

    With that comes a certain madness, the kind that makes some people think it?s July already. Modes of dress (especially among the young) are starting to become shorter and more ?summery,? if there?s such a word. Yet the colds that many people still have should refer them back to the calendar.

  • A subject for prayer

    I'm in Ukraine this week. At least, I assume I am as I wrote this before I left Roanoke on April 16. The news reports in the days before my departure were full of stories about canceled flights due to FAA inspections, but the airline I'm flying on wasn't being affected by these. I'm sure that, as you read these words, I'm in Ukraine.

  • Letters to the Editor 4/23/08

    Don?t forget the locally owned businesses

    ?What do you think will happen to your hardware business when Lowe?s opens here??

    Every day for weeks we?re asked some variation on this question. All we can say is that we?re going to keep doing the same thing we?ve done for 110 years ... listen to our customers and help them solve their problems. We?ll personally attend to those we serve, and at a fair price, just as most other locally owned businesses in Bedford have always done.

  • City and county officials should be commended for taking a look at...The status of Bedford

    Almost 40 years ago, the editorial writer of this page wrote this:

    ?We now live in the City of Bedford ? that is, some 6,500 of us do. Most of these 6,500 had little to say about the decision which brought this about. In fact, a considerable part of them, given the chance last June to render, at least indirectly, a verdict on the plan to make Bedford a city, voted against it. In the circumstances, the council?s decision for the transition must be considered unfortunate, both as to manner and timing.? (from the Bedford Bulletin-Democrat, Sept. 5, 1968).

  • City employee electrocuted while changing transformer

    A city of Bedford public works department employee was electrocuted Monday morning while changing out a transformer.

    The Bedford Police Department is investigating the industrial accident that injured 41-year-old Garth Morck of Bedford. Morck works for the City of Bedford Electric Department. The accident occurred while a transformer in the area of the Second Street Apartments was being changed.

    ?They do that periodically,? Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said of changing transformers, ?and during that transfer process the accident occurred.?

  • Did you hear?

    Clean up

    a success

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission Clean Up last Saturday was a rousing success, according to the Louise W. Robertson, clean up day leader with KBBC, drawing more volunteers than they?ve had for some time.

    Some 140 participants helped collect 111 large bags of trash from the area ? the actual total was closer to 140, a bag per person.