• Meet-and-greet at JF
      A memorable quote from the comedy classic, The Blues Brothers, was "We're putting the band back together." Newly appointed Jefferson Forest Head Football Coach Bob Christmas seems to be following Jake and Elwood's lead.  Only, instead of a blues band, he's reuniting elements from Jefferson Forest's glory years. And instead of filling spots in a band, he's completing a coaching staff.
  • Bedford's sharpshooters
    It must be something in the water. Bedford County continues to crank out free throw shooting wizards.  At the most recent Elks Hoop Shoot, three Bedfordites won Southwest (Va.) District competitions, earning the right to shoot at the next level. Winners were: -Conner Williams, who was the top dog in the boys' 8-9 year old category.  Conner nailed 15 shots in taking his prize.
  • One 'Hall' of a guy
      What does Jim Thacker have in common with Art Howe, Charlie Manuel and Ken Macha? The obvious answer is that all four men served as baseball coaches.  Last spring was Thacker's final run at the helm of the proud and prodigious Jefferson Forest program. Howe, Manuel and Macha, of course, all coached in the Major Leagues. In addition to all four being in the fraternity of baseball coaches, the quartet are all members of the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Sports commentary: Weather or not
      The wife had enough of me this past week.  Not enough to put me on the street, mind you.  But, she'd had enough. I understand that it's quite common for wives not to appreciate the fact that husbands are unexpectedly hanging around them.  I further understand that following a wife around the house asking questions such as "What are you doing?" and "What are you going to do next?" don't score points on the marital front.
  • Claim to Fame
      The festive Christmas decorations were shut down at Bedford's National Elks Home not long ago. But that doesn't mean the celebrating stopped. In fact, the place was in full roar last Friday evening.  That's when Liberty High School's first-ever Hall of Fame class was inducted. At a banquet hosted at the Elks Home, the class numbering 13 members was feted.  On Saturday, the members received their commemorative medallions between basketball games featuring the Liberty and Staunton River varsity squads.
  • Jingle Bell Rock (and Run)
      The kickoff of the Bedford Christmas season was, once again, given an able assist in the form of the YMCA's Christmas Classic 5K race. As usual, the race drew a large throng, featured fun and festivities and had a special guest.  This time, however, the welcomed visitor wasn't the jolly guy in the red suit .
  • Safety switch
      When Beth Bays took a hunter safety course earlier this fall, she came away from the training feeling less than thrilled. "I wasn't impressed with the information," said the Huddleston resident.  "I was disappointed in the curriculum." The course Bays took is a relatively new one.  Just a few years ago, the mandatory training shifted from a course mandating 10 hours of class time to one that had the student do some preparatory work at home prior to a six-hour classroom session.
  • Girls rule!
      It was all you might expect it to be. There was no winner.  Times were not kept.  All the entrants wore the same bib number.  There was no team champion. And they had a ball. The Girls on the Run Celebration 5K took place at Sweet Briar College this past Saturday.  A total of 495 young ladies, assisted by 125 coaches and cheered on by hundreds of family and friends, successfully navigated the course at the Amherst County school.
  • Pepper Time
      The hours of ten, two and four o'clock have long been  known as "Dr. Pepper time."   Whitney Jones hopes pepper time comes for her a bit later in the day.  That's because Jones has been chosen as one of five finalists for the Doctor Pepper Challenge, to be held at halftime of the ACC football title game the evening of Dec. 7.
  • A 'Gala' run in Apple Valley
        The apples may all have been picked, but that doesn't mean Gross's Orchard couldn't still be a fruitful place. Last Saturday, the orchard served as the setting for the 16th annual Apple Valley cross country race, a 5K run which puts the harriers in as gorgeous a setting as they're likely to encounter. Among the Granny Smith, Stayman and Gala trees, the runners were treated to a crystal-clear view of the Peaks of Otter, as Mother Nature sent them nothing but sunshine.