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Today's News

  • Montvale couple face drug charges

    A Montvale couple is in jail on drug charges and their 2-year-old child has been placed in the custody of Bedford County Social Services following the couple's arrest Sunday.

  • Teachers to receive 4.25 percent raises

    Though originally set at 5.8 percent, the Bedford County School Board still hopes a 4.25 percent pay raise for teachers approved Thursday will help make the school system's salaries more competitive with other area districts.

    The board approved its $108 million budget on a 7-1 vote. District 3 board member David Black cast the dissenting vote, stating the raise was inadequate.

    "We're just not doing it," he said of funding the needed increases.

  • Group Home provides structure for youth

    Bedford County Group Homes opened in its own home last November, after having operated out of rented facilities since first starting in 1997.

    The facility now consists of several brand new buildings off Falling Creek Road.

    Paul Tesi, the group home's executive director, said that the county originally decided to set up its own group home because it wasn't satisfied with results of other residential placement programs. These residential placements are, under certain conditions, mandated by state law.

  • Did you hear?

    Bedford prosecutor running for council in Vinton

    Next Tuesday, Bedford County Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance hopes to be elected as the newest member of the Town Council in Vinton.

    A long-time resident of the town, Nance decided to throw his hat in the ring after being encouraged to do so by several current council members. Five Vinton residents are running for the two open seats.

    Nance's family moved to the Vinton area when he was 9. He's served on the board of Zoning Appeals since 1996 and has been the board's chairman since 2002.

  • Granddaughter of former president visits with LHS students

    Mary Jean Eisenhower, the granddaughter of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, told a group of Liberty High School students last week that her grandfather learned early on as a child growing up poor in Kansas how to find answers to problems.

    As a young boy he would take vegetables grown by the family to sell to wealthier residents of the area. But one particular Saturday he also had to take his younger brother, Milton, who became "the burden of the day."

  • 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.