Today's News

  • Terry to remain in jail

        A 28-year-old Roanoke man, facing five counts of computer solicitation of someone less than 15 years old and more than seven years younger than the defendant, was denied bond during a hearing last Wednesday in General District Court.
        Robert Ryan Terry is scheduled for a May 14 bond hearing. He can appeal his bond request to circuit court.

  • Trucks damaging Wolf Creek Bridge

        Tractor trailers have been getting into trouble on Dickerson Mill Road. The problem comes at the bridge crossing Wolf Creek. The bridge is narrow and, at one end, the road makes a 90 degree turn just off the bridge. The big rigs can’t make it and get hung up.

  • New middle school construction going well

    Work on Liberty Middle School is 80 percent complete, according to Eddie Brown, the M. B. Kahn representative overseeing the project. He expects the school to be substantially complete by July 15.

        The good news, according to Donnie Lake, Kahn’s site supervisor, is that the entire school is “dried in.” This means that interior work can continue regardless of the weather.
        “We won’t lose any time on account of rain,” Lake said.

  • Storm leaves downed trees, some without power

    The Bedford area experienced high winds, Friday, that often sounded like a jet plane roaring over.

        The winds knocked over trees and left people without power, some for extended periods of time. The county’s volunteer fire companies were kept busy with wind-whipped wildland fires.
        “We had everybody on by Saturday evening,” said John Wagner, director of Bedford’s electric department.

  • Special teams do special things

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    To start the season the main goal for the Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) Ospreys was simple–win the VACA State Championship. Achieving that goal would be easier said than done for the Ospreys.

    The basketball season officially starts in November but the Ospreys began this year’s journey much earlier. The team started to get familiar with one another in June.

  • Judges close case on Cavaliers' season

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    The last time the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers made it to the VHSL state tournament every player on this year’s team was still in diapers and head coach Cameron Shepherd was getting set to enter high school as a freshman. It has been 16 years since the Cavaliers battled Martinsville in the 2002 AA state quarterfinal.

    “It really puts it into persecutive on just how long it’s been,” Shepherd said.

  • Eight Cavaliers notch All-State honors

    4A All-State Honors

    • Sutton Schonfelder: 200 Medley Relay

    • Matthew Davidson: 200 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay, 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke

    • Brian Grimmett: 200 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay

    • Austin Orange: 200 Medley Relay

    • Connor Sauls: 200 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay

    • Brendan Murray: 400 Freestyle Relay

    • Tara Enneking: 50 Freestyle

    • Lexi Plogger: 100 Breaststroke

  • Sports Day-ly: Handling Sports Heartbreak

    Heartbreak and sports seem to go hand in hand. If you truly find yourself invested into a particular sports team at some point or another that team will make you want to rip your hair out.

    As a guy who grew up outside of Washington D.C. and has been a faithful D.C. sports fan I know heartbreak. In fact, I probably know way too much for someone who has yet to celebrate his 23rd birthday.

  • The Raider Challenge

        Raider Challenge is an extra curricular activity for Junior ROTC Cadets that promotes physical fitness as well as responsibility and accountability to a team. 
        Schools around the region host them, usually in the fall so the local unit decided to offer a late winter event at the National D-Day Memorial for those that are interested.  Teams consist of eight or nine Cadets. 

  • Budgets take very different approaches

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week at Virginia’s Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective versions of the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 Biennial Budget.