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Today's News

  • Board approves driving range, condos

    A driving range and a condo project, recommended for approval last month by the Bedford County Planning Commission, received the final go ahead from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.

    The driving range will be located on Va. 608, a short distance from its intersection with Va. 122. It will be right next to the site of a diner, already approved, and near a drive-in theater that is now under construction.

  • Former JF student pleads guilty to taking gun to school

    It doesn't appear as if John Thomas Hess Jr. will have to spend much, if any, more time in jail for taking a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun to Jefferson Forest High School last May.

    But what still remains to be answered is if Hess, now 19, will face a felony or misdemeanor conviction for the crime.

  • Snow receives this year's Athena award

    Friday started on a slippery note when a surprise freezing rain made area highways treacherous. By late morning, the rain had stopped and the roads were safe, allowing the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's Women of Influence luncheon to go on as scheduled.

    "We did not order the weather," commented Susan Martin, the chamber's president, before introducing the event's keynote speaker, Donna Tyson.

  • Historical Society holds annual luncheon

    The Bedford Historical Society held its annual Hanging of the Greens Luncheon at the Bedford Historic Meeting House last week.

    Hanging of the Greens refers to putting up Christmas decorations incorporating greenery. It was traditionally done just prior to Advent. The decorations would remain up through the 12 days of Christmas and would be taken down after Epiphany.

    In this case, the Historic Meeting House had already been decorated. The luncheon is used by the Historical Society to raise money that will be used in restoration projects.

  • Peaks run a smashing success

    Perfect weather, a challenging course and the Christmas spirit combined to make the YMCA's annual Peaks of Otter Classic the largest in its 28 year history. The event, which included 5K and 10K runs, along with fun runs for the younger harriers, drew 350 eager participants.

    The sun broke through an overcast sky on the crisp Saturday morning just in time to welcome Bedford's finest runners across the finish line.

  • Applied science

    A visit to Jeff Steele's classroom, is like a visit to another culture. There, one is exposed to formulae that rival the Rosetta Stone in their incomprehensibility. Equations analyzing rotational motion with constant angular accelerators are the norm.

    They make sense to Steele because he has worked with them most of his life. He is a trained nuclear engineer.

    Yet, Steele teaches calculus and physics courses at Liberty High School. He also serves as coach of the school's swim team and Minettes' soccer program.

  • County Wrestling Preview

    Staunton River Head Coach Ron Long has taken an audacious stand in his first year at the helm of the Eagles' wrestling program. "This is the year the streak will be broken," said Long in reference to Brookville's 37-year stranglehold on the Seminole District title. "I think we can take Brookville."

    While the Bees have come to epitomize wrestling excellence for this area, the Eagles should give them cause to check their rear view mirror. Staunton River brings back a lot of experience, enthusiasm and expertise with 10 of its 14 starters returning.

  • We're all winners here!

    "The nail that stands up is hammered down."

    -Traditional Japanese saying

    "My child is an honor student at XYZ Elementary School."

    -Traditional American bumper sticker

    There has been some discussion around the new format of the VHSL football playoffs. This is the first year in which Region III saw six entrants from Division 3 and six entrants from Division 4. In previous years, there had been four entrants from each division.

  • GOP debate settles nothing

    With the first presidential caucuses and primaries just weeks away now, the 2008 presidential race has suddenly gotten very intense, a fact that was quite evident in last week's GOP "CNN/You Tube" debate.

  • A circus, complete with clowns

    Soon Congress will be packing it in for the year and heading home for Christmas. One of the things this means is that it will probably be a good idea to avoid airport men's rooms as Sen. Larry Craig will be on the loose. Another thing it means is that the "Democrats'" first year in control of Congress has ended.

    Looking back on their performance, it's no wonder that Congress' approval rating, at 20 percent, is even lower than President Bush's, which stands at 32 percent. Both of these figures come from a Gallup poll taken in mid-November.