Today's News

  • We’ll find out next year

        All the newly elected folks got sworn in last week. Now, they can be sworn at. Actually, I hope you don’t swear at them. Be sure to call them and e-mail them to share your thoughts on actions before the Board of Supervisors and School Board, but be sure to be polite and reasonable. These folks do pay attention to what people who call them or speak at public hearings have to say.

        It will be interesting to see what these two elected bodies will do next year as both have a number of new faces.

  • The Christmas Account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • Council looks to end charge for 'out-of-business' sales

        The city of Bedford is providing non-potable water to customers located on Orange Street, and City Council set the rate last Tuesday for charging for that water.

        Council set the rate at 90.7 cents per 1,000 gallons of non-potable water, plus a monthly customer charge of $13.01.

  • Poplar Forest project looks deep for design

        Poplar Forest is looking more and more like Thomas Jefferson wanted it.

  • Boards will have new look as new members take their seat

        For Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike, it was a welcome change — everyone in the courtroom Friday morning was smiling.

        That's not usually the case when court is in session.
        But this was a different occasion. On Friday, the newly-elected local officials were being sworn in for their upcoming terms. Family, friends, supporters and other government officials packed the courtroom to witness the ceremony.
        And it represents a changing of the guard.

  • Cavs ready for London Parade

        This has been quite a year for the Jefferson Forest High School band.

        The Cavaliers have been visited by royalty and invited to a number of prestigious events. They set off two days after Christmas for the first of those.
        “It’s coming together beautifully,” stated Band Director David Webb, about the JF band’s trip to London over Christmas break. “Logistically it’s a gigantic undertaking.”

  • Remembering the forgotten

        A Liberty High School junior wants to remember some forgotten veterans this Christmas.

        Mikala Tapia, 16, has a passion for helping people. Six years ago she carried out a one-girl fundraising project for Hurricane Katrina victims. Already an accomplished baker by that time, she baked everything herself that she sold at the bake sale.
        “She’s been cooking since she was 5,” said Mike Tapia, her father. “She’s done birthday cakes for friends.”


        The third floor of the Bedford Museum has once more been transformed with a model railroad layout, courtesy of the Bedford Central Railroad Group, a local model train club.

        The local train enthusiasts built the layout and donated it to the Museum. It was designed in modules so that it can be disassembled, stored away and then easily reassembled.

  • Sports Commentary: A great gift

      I limit my gift-giving at Christmas.  

  • Boys hoops: E.C. Glass 63, Jeff Forest 46

      These guys can play.