Today's News

  • Spotlight on agriculture

        Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry stopped by Bedford, Monday for Delegate Scott Garrett’s annual Spotlight on Agriculture breakfast.

  • AEHI founder indicted

    Donald L. Gillispie, 71, of Meridian, Idaho, and Jennifer R. Ransom, 40, of Meridian, Idaho, were indicted Nov. 13 by a federal grand jury sitting in Boise.

  • 4-3 vote: close Thaxton Elementary

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board voted to close another school at the end of this school year; Thaxton Elementary joins Body Camp Elementary as the two schools slated to close.

        Before a packed room at the School Board Office Conference Room—and to the dismay of the Thaxton supporters attending the meeting—board members Gary Hostutler, Julie Bennington, Dr. John Hicks and Richard Downey voted to close the school with Kelly Harmony, Jason Johnson and Kevin Willis voting against the motion.

  • State-ment win


    Bring on the cupcakes!  And the fudge and the chocolate-chip pancakes.  Ice cream and cake?  You bet.

    Such hedonism took place in what is fast becoming a tradition on the evening of the second Saturday of November.  That's when the Jefferson Forest girls' cross country team treats itself to an annual junk-food party.

    The festivities are in response to what is also becoming something of a tradition on the mornings of those same autumnal Saturdays:  winning a State cross country title.

  • Next up for JF: Eastern View


    The road becomes more difficult.  Fortunately for JF, it's the other guys who will be hitting said road.

    The Cavs will luxuriate in their second seed as they host another playoff game this Friday night.  This time, the foe will be Eastern View.  And the Cyclones may well be the toughest foe the Cavs have faced all season.  And that's a season that included games with the likes of Brookville, Liberty and Heritage.

  • Cavs quiet Loud-oun County with run game


    The Jefferson Forest football team must have been inspired by the school's cross country teams' appearances at States this weekend.

    In their honor, the football Cavs also ran.  And ran and ran and ran.

    And in the end, they ran their way to a 43-21 victory over Loudoun County in the first round of the 4A-North playoffs.

    While rumors of the activation of a no-fly-zone over Sabre Stadium proved to be unfounded, the Cavs shelved their passing game to focus nearly completely on the run.

  • Sports commentary: Bills and credit


    Folks around here don't hesitate to show pride in their teams.  Whether it be at the  high school, college or professional level, these teams get plenty of love.

    And that love comes in many forms.  Certainly game attendance is one of them.  As is watching them on the telly.  Adorning one's vehicle with flags, stickers and magnets depicting a team's (or teams') logo(s) is yet another.

  • Not again!


    For Superman, it was Kryptonite.

    For the Wicked Witch of the West, it was water.

    For Achilles, it was his own heel.

    And for Liberty's football team, it seems to be Brookville.

    An inability to put away the Bees resulted in a 24-16 loss for the Minutemen.  While it was only the third defeat of the season for Liberty, it was especially painful: 

    a)  It was the second loss at the hands of the Bees and

  • A renewed opportunity to forge a brighter future

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It is a great honor to represent Fifth District Virginians in Congress, and I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to continue serving you for the next two years. Tuesday’s election significantly changed the dynamics in Washington, and with that change comes renewed opportunities to advance policies that will address the most pressing issues facing our country.


  • Remembering those who have served

    President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” While these words were spoken long ago, they are still words that we must abide by today. We cannot forget our defenders of freedom who have sacrificed so much for this great nation. As Americans, we must remember the men and women who have answered the call to serve both in times of war and peace. Our veterans have stood guard on distant battlefields and here at home to protect the liberties at the core of the United States.