Today's News

  • Teacher of the Year

    Staunton River Middle School teacher Katherine West had planned to spend Friday in Newport News with her newly-born first grandchild.

        Instead, her husband Frank, convinced her that they had to head back home because she was needed at school for SOL testing and he had some work to complete. Reluctantly, and only with the promise that they would go back to Newport News over the weekend, did she make the trip.

        She’s glad she did.

  • Letters

    Take Pride in SML thank you

        Each year for the past 22 years, the residents and friends of Smith Mountain Lake, our Community, have used the first Saturday of May as an annual “Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake” cleanup day to make sure that our lake looks its very best for our Summer use and also for our visitors. It’s important for our businesses and also for our own enjoyment of the lake. 

  • Robert Hurt ee and all the others

        Next week, Republicans in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District will choose a nominee to face a Democratic congressman considered one of the “most vulnerable” incumbents in the country.

        Numerous GOP candidates have emerged from various places in the district to win the nod against Tom Perriello, who beat the seemingly unbeatable Virgil Goode two years ago by less than one thousand votes.

  • Say 'No' to the Stalin bust

        A few years ago a visit by a delegation from the local American Legion post should have served warning on Dr. William McIntosh that a proposed bust of Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial would not be well received. He and the D-Day Memorial Foundation chose to proceed with the plan anyway. Jim Morrison’s well written column in last week’s Bedford Bulletin indicated why so many veterans are upset about that decision.

  • Let your voice be heard

    Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.  Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did.  People are looking for solutions to the problems we face. 

  • Baseball: #1 Cavs rest; M-Men have challenge; River has bigger one

    With rank comes privilege.

    The Jefferson Forest baseball team might be at Rustburg on Monday night, watching the Red Devils open district tourney play.

  • Softball: Seminole title up for grabs; Eagles in a tough spot

    It’s a handicapper’s nightmare.

    Who will emerge from the softball scrum to claim regional berths?

  • Boys soccer: Many questions to be answered on the pitch

    Will the matchup that everyone expects actually happen in the Seminole District finale?

    Will a suddenly hot Liberty team play the role of spoiler?

  • Girls soccer: All three county teams should head to Regionals

    It does not take great powers of prognostication to state that girls soccer is the sport in which we have the best chance of seeing all three county schools advance to regionals.

  • Sports commentary: Death panels

      The VHSL did the right thing when it introduced a series of mercy rules across much of the high school sports spectrum.