Today's News

  • Football: Liberty dominates opener

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    The Liberty Minutemen made a conscious effort this offseason to be more physical on defense and to force more turnovers. It should be no surprise that the first touchdown of the season for Liberty came from the defense.

    Defensive back John Gass came down with an interception and took it back 60 yards for a touchdown to give Liberty a lead it would never relinquish in a 34-14 victory.

  • Football: Cavaliers run away in opener

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    If there were any questions entering the season about how dominant the Jefferson Forest backfield could be those questions were answered in a 62-7 victory over Bedford County rival Staunton River on Friday, August 24.

     The Cavaliers backfield of Keenan Cupit, Marvin Blake, Josh Harris and Jacob Hackworth combined for 426 rushing yards on 18 carries, an average of about 23.7 yards per carry.

  • Yet another Trump scandal

        After a while, even the best writers struggle with how to describe the scope and detail of the embarrassing spectacle emanating from the Oval Office, where the clear loser of the popular vote in 2016 continues to pose unsuccessfully and tragically as president.
        We think of the rest of the world, looking to us as it always does, and it’s easy to believe it’s absolutely baffled at how such an obvious clown as Donald Trump could wind up as an American president.

  • Hysteria born of ignorance

        A few weeks ago there was an explosion of hysteria in the mainstream  news media as the story broke that people will be able to download the instructions, via the Internet, to use a 3-D printer to print a gun. Mainstream media journalists, who usually know nothing about firearms, seemed sure this would lead to an uptick in violent crime and that terrorists would print firearms that they could take through airport security.

  • Attacking the opioid epidemic

        The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year.  It’s a needed step in fighting the opioid epidemic.
        The proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the most six frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average 10 percent as compared to the 2018 amount, according to a report from the Department of Justice. This marks the third straight year of proposed reductions.

  • Town hall will have a fountain again

    The small concrete structure in front of Bedford’s town hall was originally a fountain.     
    For a number of years it has been filled with dirt and one of the area garden clubs maintained it as a flower bed. Like many local civic organizations, the club’s membership is getting old and they are no longer able to do it.
        The town is now faced with the decision of what to do with it and Deputy Town Manager Sonia Jammes has suggested restoring it to service as a fountain.

  • Woman accused of changing lease documents

        On March 8, the Bedford Police Department responded to the 400 block of Jackson Street to speak with a complainant about problems that she discovered with her lease documents. 

  • Man shot, then arrested for assault and battery

        Just after midnight last Wednesday, August 15, Bedford County 911 received a call from a resident at Shady Grove Drive.
        The caller stated that she had heard someone outside of her residence. She then called her father, who lives next door, and told him.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, when her father showed up, they both checked around the outside of the house. She said she found Jesse Carter hiding outside of the residence behind the air conditioning unit.

  • JFHS claims academic Wells Fargo Cup

        For the first time in the school’s history, Jefferson Forest High School won the 2017-18 Wells Fargo Cup race for year-long academic activities success.

        Spurred on by its Film Fest teams and other academic groups, JF took top honors in the 4A group.
        “It’s a combination for the points for the entire year,” stated JF Principal Lee Ann Calvert. “I was thrilled (for the school) to win this. It’s huge.”

  • County has new extenstion agent

        Maribeth Martin has the best of both worlds. As the new 4-H Extension Agent in Bedford, she is able to combine her love for education with her love for 4-H.

        As an extension agent, Martin will be working with children and youth ages 5 to 8 in the Cloverbud program and 9-18 in the Junior Youth Program.