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Today's News

  • Democrats to hold primary

        Democrats will hold a primary to select candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.  The primary, which is open to all registered voters, will be held on June 11 with polls opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. People wishing to vote in this primary, which is tax-payer funded, should go to their regular polling place. The deadline for voting by absentee ballot is June 8.
        If you aren’t registered to vote, there is still time. The cut-off date for registering is May 20.

  • Town council elected

        May 7 was a big day for elections in the Bedford area.
        Bedford City residents decided which members of the new Bedford Town Council got full four-year terms while 19th House of Delegates District Republicans selected a candidate to run for the seat of Delegate Lacey Putney. Putney, who held that seat for 52 years, chose not to seek reelection this year.

  • Studies will look at two sites for new middle school

        The Bedford County School Board will look at two sites to construct a new middle school in the Liberty Zone as the result of action Thursday night.
        The board unanimously approved funding for studies of a site off Wheatland Road near the Bedford Area Family YMCA and for a yet-to-be identified site near Liberty High School, off Va. 122.
        The Wheatland Road site, located south of U.S. 460, is owned by developer George Aznavorian, who has offered to donate between 35 to 40 acres for the school.

  • Car going wrong way on US 460 causes accident

    A North Carolina woman made what could have been a fatal mistake last week.

        According to Lt. Todd Foreman, of the Bedford City Police, Sergeant Robert Monk headed out on a report of an SUV driving the wrong way  on    U. S. 460 last Tuesday, May 7.

  • Rec plans take shape

        Plans on how recreation will be handled in the soon-to-be-established town of Bedford are beginning to take shape. A transition period will be built into the planning process as the current recreation department is dissolved with the new program eventually falling completely under the direction of the Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation.

  • BCEA: Pollard should apologize

        Two representatives of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA) used the citizen comment period of Monday night’s supervisors’ meeting to criticize remarks that District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard made during a meeting last month.
        Pollard, at the supervisors’ April 22 meeting, had referred to some county teachers as “a bunch of crybabies.”
        Cheryl Sprouse, president of the BCEA, called Pollard’s comments “very unprofessional and inappropriate.”

  • Sports commentary: Mercy mercy

     

    An acquaintance of mine happens to coach a soccer team.  That's not odd; I happen to have at least a dozen such acquaintances.  A couple of times this season this particular coach has caught grief for "running up the score."

    Apparently, his team violated some unwritten rule about how many times it can put the ball in the net.

    This phenomenon isn't limited to the game of soccer.  It seems as though such finger-pointing takes place in baseball, softball, basketball and football.

  • Eagle nine gets huge win

     

    This is the time of year when big wins are a must.

    That's why it's encouraging that all three county baseball teams have come up with such big wins lately.

     

    River on fire

    Staunton River may have had the biggest win of the lot.  The Golden Eagles took care of visiting William Byrd, 5-3, behind the inspired play of its group of seniors.

    The win did the following:

    -Dropped the Blue Ridge District-leading Terriers to 6-2, allowing Lord Botetourt to tie them for the lead.

  • Lady Cavs fall just short

     

    Everybody said they had no chance.

    Everybody was wrong.

    The Jefferson Forest softball team earned a bite at that apple we call the Seminole District's regular-season championship, in spite of the fact the team carries seven freshmen on its roster.

    The Lady Cavs fell short of the title trophy, coming tantalizingly close before falling to Rustburg, 3-0, in a nine-inning doozy of an affair.

  • Wandrei, Carson, Stanley, Vest make the top four

    The special election for Bedford Town Council, which replaces Bedford City Council on July 1 when Bedford reverts to a town, was not a contested election. Seven candidates ran for seven seats. However, the number of votes each received made a difference. The top four vote-getters won four year terms. The other three will have to stand for reelection in 2014 if they want to stay on town council.

    Bob Wandrei, Robert Carson, C. G. Stanley and Jim Vest made the top four. Wandrei got 194 votes, Carson got 184, Stanley got 171 and Vest got 170.