Today's News

  • What’s next for the School Board?

        Facing a $1.1 million cut from its approved budget, School Board Chairman Debbie Hoback said, in a phone interview Tuesday, that the board will use the same procedure it has used in the past when it did not get as much funding as anticipated.

        This involves looking at items that the board has already considered and deciding what it can do to get the numbers down. The board will have to cut its budget to match the funding from the county.
        “I think we will be able to get it done,” she said.

  • Life in the workplace

        A new initiative to get high school students experience in the workplace has turned out to be a success.

        Patricia Knox, the county’s school nurse coordinator, said that the school division has already been making efforts to give students with learning disabilities workplace experience. Some of these students have a strong desire to do something that will help others and this gave Knox an idea.  What  if these kids could get work experience in a medical environment?

  • Goodlatte stops at Poplar Forest Nursery

    Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte stopped by Poplar Forest Nursery Monday on a tour of agricultural operations in his district.

        Poplar Forest Nursery, located in Forest, sits on land that was originally part of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation. Doug Arthur has owned and  operated the nursery for 21 years and grows 90 percent of all the plants he sells.
        “We just got through redoing the place,” he said.

  • ‘War’s been declared:’ What led up to Monday’s decision

        It became apparent last week there wouldn’t be an extra $1.1 million for Bedford County schools next year. And the possibility was given that if the School Board decides to close any schools, there might be even less.

        Those were some of the decisions the Bedford County Board of Supervisors made during a budget work session Thursday, prior to Monday night’s vote to approve the county budget.

  • Sups cut school budget

        The ball is now in the School Board’s court

        On Monday, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a budget that leaves the tax rate of 50 cents per $100 of assessed valuation unchanged.
        In the wake of the recent reassessment, this will mean a tax cut for most people. It will bring in about $2 million less than it did last year. The supervisors also eliminated the merchants’ capital tax, which brings in approximately $218,000.

  • YMCA embarks on fundraiser to help fund programs, memberships

        The Bedford Area YMCA is embarking on a fundraising effort, but this has nothing to do with building anything. It’s all about making sure that everybody can have the opportunity to use the facility that has already been built.

        According to Mike Moldenhauer, a member of the YMCA’s board of directors, the Y spent $70,000 last year  to subsidize memberships and support programs.

  • 'War's been declared'

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

    Staff Writer

        It appears there won't be an extra $1.1 million for Bedford County schools next year. And if the School Board decides to close any schools, there will be even less. Those were some of the decisions the Bedford County Board of Supervisors made during a budget work session Thursday, prior to Monday night's vote to approve the county budget.

  • Half dozen Minutemen to college gridirons

    By Mike Forster

    They’ll be scattering in all directions next fall.
    Six soon-to-graduate Liberty football players announced their intentions to a packed library at the High School on Wednesday.
    Only two will be heading to the same place. Matt Kerr and Ethan Taylor will both attend Christopher Newport. Kerr, a tight end, and Taylor, an offensive lineman, will seek action for the Captains at those positions.
    “They have a good program and they have the academics I’m looking for,” said Taylor.

  • Lord Bot yields naught to Eagles

    By Mike Forster

    Staunton River’s baseball team headed to Lord Botetourt while the Eagle softballers got a visit from the Lady Lords.
    In 13 innings of ball, though, not a single River runner made it home.
    In softball, the Bots topped the Lady Eagles, 13-0. In baseball, it was the Cavs winning, 5-0.
    It was an inauspicious Blue Ridge opener for each of the River crews, vying in a district that is widely considered to be one of the best at the AA level.
    The Lady Eagles were done in by a combination of too much Sam and not enough slam.

  • M-Men ‘hand’ game to Rusties

    Less than one percent. That’s how much of the game remained when Liberty saw its hopes dashed.
    To be precise, 24 seconds were left in a contest that the Minutemen seemed to have in hand, leading 4-3.
    That’s when Liberty was called for a handball in the 18-yard box.
    Rustburg’s Chris Skarpenes converted the resulting penalty kick to push the game into overtime.
    Skarpenes had converted an earlier handball call against the Minutemen into a tally that tied the match at two-apiece.
    In overtime, Skarpenes got his fourth goal of the evening with the game-winner.