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Today's News

  • Eagles claim Bedford County bragging rights

    At the rate Staunton River is scoring, it’ll be a surprise if they don’t get more than 40 points a game.

    The Eagles (4-0) ran up the scoreboard once again, this time en route to toppling Liberty (2-1) 49-7 for the Bedford County Championship title.

    Staunton River had previously beaten Jefferson Forest in its home opener on Aug. 25. After beating the Minutemen on Sept. 15 on their home turf, the Eagles secured their place as Bedford County’s best team for the second year running.

  • Enhancing our community with autumn decor

    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        Soon we will welcome Autumn with it’s amazing colors, blue skies and all the joy associated with harvest, feasts, family and togetherness.  Fall in our mountain, lake and quaint ‘towns’ region is prime for tourism.  Now is the time for the business community to roll out the welcome mat leading to your door with a brilliant fall theme.

  • A horrible and disgraceful president

        The American presidency has always been the office we hold in the highest esteem. Our history demonstrates that it should be held by people of the best quality, who are experienced and able to do the job.
        We’ve truly had some giants; the first president, George Washington, set the example of transferring power democratically to the next one, something extremely rare at the time.

  • Helping out

        Liberty High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Dills has plenty to be proud of when it comes to her students and staff.
        The school may be the smallest high school in the county, but it’s making a huge impact.
        The Minutemen have adopted a high school from Ingleside, Texas, to help the Mustangs overcome the devastation their school suffered because of Hurricane Harvey. The flooding that came as a result of the record-setting rain that fell swept through the school, damaging it inside and out.

  • Slavery is not a modern issue

        I noticed from Rick Howell’s  last column that he’s still fighting battles that were settled 150 years ago. He really needs to do some serious reading on American history. If he does, there are a few facts that he will discover.
        The first fact is that there are no slaves in America. The 13th Amendment, ratified at the end of 1865, outlawed slavery in the entire United States. Today, there are no slaves in the United States and haven’t been any slaves in the United States for 150 years.

  • Action planned to expand FMS

        The school division is preparing to renovate Forest Middle School, correcting the building’s inadequacies.
        The school, built a quarter of a century ago was inadequate almost from the time it opened. Within a few years of its opening, students were taking classes in trailers.
        Thursday night, Ben Motley, of RRMM architects, gave the school board an update on the design. He presented two options for the renovation, both of which will expand the school’s capacity and correct design deficiencies.

  • Man arrested in stabbing incident

        On Thursday, September 14,  at about 8:13 a.m.., the Bedford Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the 400 block of West King Street in the town. 
        The first officers arrived to find Dewayne Eric Simmons, 34 of Bedford, and a 46-year-old female of Bedford, inside the residence.  Dewayne Simmons ran on foot from the residence to wooded area across Crenshaw Street from the residence. 

  • 18 of 19 county schools fully accredited

         Mark Blankenship, supervisor of testing and planning, gave the school board an update on school accreditation Thursday night.
        Blankenship said that all the county’s schools were fully accredited 10 years ago. That changed when the state came out with new standards of learning (SOL). When that happened the county ended up with only seven out of 21 schools fully accredited.

  • A visit from Patton

        General George Patton was not at D-Day, George Patton Waters, his grandson noted, when he spoke to a group from the 315th Infantry Regiment 70th Anniversary Reunion at the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.

        However, what’s important is who else wasn’t at D-Day. Thanks to Gen. Patton, five German divisions were in Calais, not Normandy, on D-Day.

  • Prosecutor happy with sentence

    Wes Nance remembers the initial presentation made to members of the Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office about a new case they were taking on—a case that began in Maryland 40 years ago and one that investigators believed ended on Taylors Mountain in Bedford County.