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Today's News

  • Bedford girl has Africa in her heart

    A mission trip to Africa may be turning into something more that short-term for a Bedford County teen.

    Renee Bach was two months past her 18th birthday when she landed at Entebbe Airport, outside Kampala, Uganda, on Sept. 18, 2007. She came as a short-term missionary to work in an orphanage. The experience she got was more than a culture shock.

    "I was supposed to be picked up by the orphanage I was going to," she said. "When I arrived, there was no driver."

  • UFO conference to be held at Lake this weekend

    The Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) will hold a conference at Mariners Landing this weekend. It starts, Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m.

    According to Susan Swiatek, state director for MUFON's Virginia chapter, MUFON is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization that promotes the scientific study of UFOs. Swiatek said the national organization maintains a case management system that allows the public to report sightings and investigators to update information on sightings. She said the database is still evolving.

  • U. S. attorney wants to be state attorney general

    Although sate elections won't be held until next year, candidates seeking the Republicans' nomination for attorney general are already making their rounds. Earlier this month, John Brownlee stopped by Bedford to speak at a Republican Party dinner.

    Brownlee said his father was career military.

    "When I was a kid, we traveled around, all over," he said.

  • Bedford earns Storm Ready designation

    Bedford has earned the National Weather Service's Storm Ready designation.

    The city is only the fourth locality in the area covered by the Weather Service's Blacksburg office, an area that covers 52 communities, to earn that distinction. It's only the 18th locality in Virginia to earn the designation.

    What this means, according to Phil Hysell, the Blacksburg office's warning coordination meteorologist, is that Bedford has made specific efforts to be prepared for a natural disaster.

    One requirement is a 24-hour emergency warning point and operations center.

  • Festival, local agencies help take care of displaced animals

    Area residents and agencies joined together this week to help the Bedford County Animal Shelter and the animals housed there.

    Work under way at the shelter could have potentially led to some animals having to be euthanized, had the animals not been adopted or taken in by other agencies this week. “That didn't happen. That's ancient history,” noted Scott Polinek, facilities manager for the shelter. “Everybody in the area has really stepped up to help us out.”

  • County considers dropping decals, but will make up lost revenue

    Bedford County's supervisors will vote, Wednesday night, on a plan to get rid of the county decals that cars must now have stuck to their windshields. The vote is scheduled to occur following a public hearing on the issue.

  • Bruins give Minutemen a reality check

    The fun part of the schedule is over.

    The Bruins of Blacksburg threw a bucket of cold water into the collective face of the Liberty Minutemen and took a 28-13 victory.

    Facing a tremendous quarterback and their own injury bug, the Minutemen found themselves down 14-0 before they even knew what hit them.

    The Bruin (3-0) lead was established when signal caller Trey Gresh heaved two perfect pitches and both resulted in end zone celebrations.

  • Jeff Forest exorcises Glass gridiron demons

    Sigmund Freud would have been proud.

    The Jefferson Forest football team used a fine second half to overcome the mental obstacle that was E.C. Glass. As a result, the Glass game looks to serve as a springboard for the Cavs’ playoff aspirations. In recent years, the Glass game has served to derail such hopes.

    “Last year stuck in my craw,” said Cav Head Coach Don Rice, of the apple-cart upsetting loss to Glass. “The kids wanted to prove our first two wins were good wins and that we’re a solid team.”

  • Patrick County's Harris runs over Eagles

    Patrick County’s John Harris showed why he is one of the most highly regarded running backs in Region IV. His performance last Friday evening in the Cougar’s 33-7 win over Staunton River earned him loads of respect from those in Region III.

    Harris posted a phenomenal 372 yards, averaging nearly 14 yards per carry. Touchdown runs of 65, 53 and 22 yards certainly didn’t hurt that average.

    “Every play was a potential long run,” noted Staunton River Head Coach Rick Witt of the speedy senior.

  • Liberty to host Martinsville

    A “must win” game four weeks into the season?

    It looks that way for Liberty, when it takes on visiting Martinsville this Friday night.

    Nobody associated with the Minutemen wants to start the district slate with a 2-2 mark (all remaining games for Liberty are Seminole skirmishes).

    A win over Martinsville would give Liberty a 3-1 mark and accomplish the following: