Today's News

  • All local high school sports postponed this weekend

     If you're a fan of high school sports, you'll have to find something else to do this weekend.  That's because the entire slate of activities for Liberty, Jefferson Forest and Staunton River have been scrapped.

    The reason:  expected heavy snows that might make travel to and from the games less safe than desired.

    Athletic directors have already started setting up make-up dates.  Here's what we know so far:

    -The Bedford Brawl, Liberty's premier wrestling event, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 22.


    Snow removal crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have worked overnight night to address icy conditions and refreezing roads on the interstates and primary roads throughout southwestern Virginia.  After yesterday’s snowfall of about a foot and a half, all primary roads and interstates have been plowed and treated, but they required attention overnight.


    A major water line break occurred on the water system which supplies water to the City of Bedford.  Although the break was repaired early today, water tanks and lines were drained.  This has resulted in the continued low water pressure that most customers are experiencing.

    The water levels in the tanks should reach normal levels by late afternoon Sunday which will provide a gradual improvement in water pressure. 

  • Minutemen seek return to glory

    The big question as the boys’ basketball season kicks into gear is whether Liberty can match, or improve, on last season’s run.

  • Record field for Christmas run

    The foul weekend weather might have put the kibosh on Bedford’s Christmas Parade, but it couldn’t stop a legion of runners.

  • JF and River split hoops doubleheader

    If “crawl, walk, run” is the natural progression of things, the guys and gals of both Jefferson Forest and Staunton River are at least crawling.

  • Don't be like Tiger - Sports commentary

      My brother has a sign hanging over his workbench.  It reads, “Happy wife, happy life.”

  • Christmas Station helps 300 families this year

    Marilyn Overstreet has been on both sides of the fence when it comes to Christmas.

        As a young child in a family of 11 children she was often the one receiving help at this time of years from those more fortunate. Now, she’s giving back, helping those who were in the same shoes she faced as a child.

  • Building his own home led to business venture

    A love of hunting and fishing brought Mike Okuley to Bedford County.

        Okuley was invited by a friend, a retired state trooper, to experience local deer hunting during black powder season.

        “My first hunting experience in Bedford County was on Sharp Top Mountain,” Okuley said. “That’s when I fell in love with Bedford County.”

        After that, he made frequent hunting trips here. Then, he found some property which he bought in 1999.

  • School Board will seek federal funds for program

    In what could be the federal government’s next attempt to improve public education, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to express its intent to participate in the Race to the Top, should Virginia be included as one of the state’s selected for the program.