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Today's News

  • Cavs stun Magna Vista

    Jefferson Forest’s football team successfully rebounded from its season-opener loss with an impressive come-from-behind win over Magna Vista on Sept. 1 at the Sabre Stadium.

    After the Cavs Aug. 25 loss, head coach Bob Christmas reiterated that he hadn’t lost faith in his team and believed they could win as long as they stayed focused and played hard.

    Despite a tough, front-loaded schedule, the Cavs win over Magna Vista makes for a promising year.

  • Staunton River obliterates Cave Spring, 62-21

    Chuck Poston, the Eagle’s head football coach, said his team’s goal was to be 1-0 at the end of every week.

    So far, so good.

    The rainy conditions couldn’t slow the Eagles offense down as they recorded their second win of the season by destroying Cave Spring on Sept. 1, 66-21.

  • Frog Went A Courtin’

        Bedford County naturalist, Mike Roberts, knew the frog he heard serenading from the pond on his father’s farm was not one of several indigenous species that sound off there during the hot summer nights each summer. Days later, and after researching a friend’s frog ap, (yes, there is such a thing), Roberts discovered the raucous sounding amphibian was a male, green tree frog, far removed from its normal geographical range.

  • Rationalizations don’t justify the Confederacy

        The reaction from so many Southern whites to the events of Aug. 12 and thereafter is sadly familiar to many of us who grew up in territories of the old Confederacy, but never bought into the racism.
        We were taught it, to be sure, but with sharp minds and good hearts, we grew to know – from our own experience – that to harbor ill feelings toward someone merely because of the color of their skin was, well, stupid.

  • Remembering Lacey

        August 26 turned out to be a sad day. I was checking out Facebook and I started seeing posts about Lacey Putney’s death. He had died that morning.
        I knew he was in seriously bad health. I would run into his brother, Macon, almost every week and ask “How is Lacey?” The news since early this year was never good, so I wasn’t surprised. Still, the news was distressing and it left me in a gloomy mood for several days.

  • Tour helps young adults consider law enforcement

        Ten young adults came with the Old Dominion Job Corps Center to visit the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office last week. The purpose was to present law enforcement to them as a possible career.

        Captain Tim Hayden and Captain Mike Miller spoke to the group. Miller is in charge of the operations division and Hayden heads up the community division. Both men have been with the Sheriff’s Office for 32 years.

  • Two Bedford teens face more charges

    Two Bedford teenagers are facing additional charges for property damage incidents that occurred in February.
        William A. Bailey, 18, of Bedford, is currently facing 22 charges in General District Court. The most recent charges, for which he was charged on Aug. 26, are for incidents that occurred on the north side of Bedford County.
        Those charges include:

  • RI man to spend 15 years in prison for child porn convictions

        A 45-year-old Rhode Island man, who contacted a local 11-year-old autistic girl through the Internet, will spend 15 years in prison on four child porn charges.
        Paulo B. Tomas, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, was arrested in January by Rhode Island State Police. The charges were related to a child sexual exploitation investigation in Bedford County.

  • A visit from Ivybridge

    Ray Wilson, the former mayor of Ivybridge, stopped by the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.

         Ivybridge is a small town in Southern England that was frequented by the Bedford Boys during the two years they spent training in England prior to D-Day. The town gets its name from an ivy-covered 13th century bridge in the town.
        Friday morning was cool and wet and it was suggested that D-Day Memorial staff — they denied it — had arranged the weather to make Wilson feel at home.

  • Bedford’s Walmart completes renovations

        Twenty-eight years ago Hilda Witt found herself looking for a new job when the store she worked for, Maxway, closed.