Today's News

  • Girls soccer roundup


    In recent years, while the JF girls soccer team would win the battle of the scoreboard, it was Brookville that won the battle of the bruises.

    Not this time.

    The Lady Cavs came away with a convincing 3-0 win over the Bees.  The JF crew also gave as good as it got in a physical, though cleanly played match at Sabre Stadium.

    Senior Ashlie Freeman set the tone when she took a feed from Alyssa Mitchell and blasted a sand wedge over the head of Bee keeper Kaily Weiss just a few minutes into the game.

  • Baseball roundup


    Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any name smells just as sweet.

    Jefferson Forest's baseball team picked up a win over Heritage, but this one was anything but sweet.

    "It was ugly," said JF Head Honcho Jim Thacker of the 4-3 victory.  "But it was a win."

    It almost was both ugly and a loss.  If that was the case, the Cavs might be thinking the unthinkable:  the regular season district trophy sitting somewhere besides the JF trophy case.  A place such as Amherst County, for example.

  • Softball roundup


    You needed a scorecard to keep track of all the Taylor C's when Northside visited Staunton River.

    One Taylor C had it good.  Two other Taylor C's had it less so.

    It was a good day to be Taylor Carter, of the Lady Vikings.

    The Northsider scored the game-winning run and crushed Staunton River's hopes  of a comeback victory with a circus catch in center field.

  • Sports commentary: Don't be an um-dum


    This could have been a tribute column:  one written in memory of Chief Jim Day.

    I'm a big fan of the job the chief has done with Bedford's police department.  I also consider him to be a solid human and a personal friend.

    But, even someone who is a ne'er-do-well doesn't deserve to get the treatment meted out to Day.  Just a couple of weeks ago, he was struck by a car as he rode his bicycle.

  • Rooting out waste at the Department of Justice

    As the March 1 sequestration deadline approached, Attorney General Eric Holder dramatically warned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be forced to make cuts that threaten the safety of all Americans. Holder claimed that cuts to agencies within the Justice Department would diminish the department’s ability to investigate and prosecute crimes.


  • Here it comes: The Chinese Century

    I hope no one is losing too much sleep over whether the young leader of North Korea is going to attack us, or even South Korea, any time soon.
        Despite the big noises made by Kim Jong-Un, the world’s diplomatic players have seen this movie before.

  • A proof text out of context

        There’s an old saying: A proof text out of context is a pretext. The idea is that one should always check the context of a Bible verse that someone has quoted to prove a point. Checking the context of a verse means reading the passage that it was pulled from. It also means checking other parts of the Bible that address the same topic, letting Scripture interpret Scripture.

  • When tragedy strikes

    It was a gruesome scene.
        Just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, as the second half of the 23,000 runners participating in the Boston Marathon continued to make their way to the finish line, two bombs went off at the end of that 26.2-mile course.
        At least three people were killed; more than 140 injured.
        It was mass carnage—and mass confusion.
        Many of those injured were children; an 8-year-old child was among those killed.

  • Man sentenced in water filtration scam

        A man accused of carrying out a water purification system scam in multiple localities pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to three counts of construction fraud.

        Larry Eugene Foster, 46, was picked up by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Nashville, Tenn., in August and has been in custody in Bedford County since last fall.

  • County man pleads guilty to stabbing his wife

        Kenneth Ray Fitzgerald, a 56-year-old Bedford County man, will spend the next five years in prison for stabbing his wife last year. He pleaded guilty, Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to possession of a firearm by a felon and malicious wounding.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Fitzgerald and his wife were headed for divorce. An argument broke out between the two on Oct. 12 about the tax issues involved.