Today's News

  • True grit II: Undermanned Eagles fall to Minutemen

      There's a new fashion trend in Moneta.  Well, at least there's one on the Staunton River boys basketball team.

  • True grit: Lady Eagles take Lord Bot to the max

      Try telling the Staunton River Lady Eagles that they had no business being on the same court as Blue Ridge District powerhouse Lord Botetourt.

  • Hitchens was no hero of mine

    I have enough ego to enjoy seeing my name on this page not once, but twice, and in a headline at that. Pretty cool!
        But I don’t think that my opposite here, the one who “speaks conservatively,” meant to flatter me when he titled his last column “Howell’s Hero and other thoughts.”

  • A pox on both their houses

        I suspect that the outcome of this fall’s elections won’t revolve around which party the American electorate likes the best. It’s more likely that the party, with which Americans are least disgusted, will come out on top. Neither “Democrats” nor Republicans came out of last year’s legislative Chinese fire drills looking good.

  • Families needed locally for foster, adoptive care

    The Bedford area needs more families willing to take in foster children; and more families willing to adopt those children in foster care.
        During any given week, there are some 57 children from Bedford and Bedford County in foster care. During this past year more than 110 children came through the system.
        And some are waiting to be adopted. Now.

  • Virginia should retain AAA rating

    Virginia should retain its current AAA bond rating, according to Delegate Lacey Putney.

        Putney, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, accompanied Governor Bob McDonnell to New York to talk to the three bond rating agencies—Fitch Ratings, Moody’s  and Standard and Poor’s. All three of them give Virginia’s bonds a AAA rating. Standard and Poor’s downgraded U. S. sovereign debt last year.

  • Supervisors reorganize

        The Bedford County Board of supervisors held its organizational meeting Monday night in which members selected a chairman and vice chairman for the rest of the year.

        The supervisors follow a rotation and this year is District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer’s turn to head the board. Neudorfer was unanimously chosen as chairman and District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington was unanimously chosen as vice chairman.

  • Bedford Primary PTA gets national grant

    Nobody in Bedford Primary School’s PTA had ever written a grant before, but the group's first effort was successful.
        Bedford Primary’s PTA became one of only 45 in the country to get a $1,000 grant from the National PTA for Take Your Family to School Week. Take Your Family to School Week is sponsored by the National PTA in February to encourage families to get involved with their children’s schools.

  • No more lighting up at schools

        The “no tobacco” policy at Bedford County schools for students and staff has now been extended to visitors for events at those schools.

        That means tobacco products won’t be allowed to be used at sporting events and other activities—by anyone.

  • Foster, adoptive families needed

        There's a need for more foster families in the Bedford area. And there's a need for more families willing to adopt foster children.
        According to Andy Crawford, director of Bedford County Department of Social Services, the county is constantly recruiting new families to help in those areas.
        “We really need foster parents and adoptive parents,” Crawford stated.