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Today's News

  • Headed to Washington, D.C.

    Working hard, and working smart, along with persistence has paid off for a Bedford County teen.

        Amelia Wentzel, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, has been competing in spelling bees since she was in fourth grade. She’s only missed one year due to the family’s move to Bedford County. She’s always been the school winner, but this year was different.

  • Car show to raise money for cystic fibrosis research

    There can be a number of ways of grieving over the loss of a loved one.

        Donna Meador’s way of grieving is to organize a car show to raise money for research on the disease that killed her son, Corey W. Flowers. Flowers was 26 when he died this past January.

        According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Web site, the disease is caused by a defective gene. This defect causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus.

  • Reese takes the Brawl

    Skeet Reese might have left Smith Mountain Lake Sunday with the $100,000 tournament champion’s check in his pocket and the Blue Ridge Brawl trophy in his arms, but the real winners might just be the thousands who turned out for the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series event held at Parkway Marina in Huddleston last week.

        The event just keeps getting bigger, and by most accounts, better.

        “Awesome.”

  • Two thumbs up

    Bedford County residents enjoyed a double-dose of good fortune last week. First the county supervisors passed a budget without raising taxes and then the world’s best bass fishermen put on a four-day show that thousands enjoyed and will continue to pay dividends to this region for months, and possibly years, to come.

  • Letters

    Disappointed program won’t continue

        Last summer I was privileged to attend Friday’s at the Museum hosted by the Bedford County Museum.

  • Thurman

    enealogical Library continues to honor Confederate History Month with another story about buildings that have a link to the War Between the States. Last week we wrote about Fancy Grove in the southern part of the county. This story is about another home that was near there.

  • Put a liberal on the Supreme Court

        With the impending resignation of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens from the U.S. Supreme Court, President Obama will get at least one more chance to select a justice.

        Obama took a relatively safe road with his choice last year of Sonia Sotomayor. As the first Hispanic on the court, she was a historic pick. But she was, and remains, a person with what is basically a middle of the road political philosophy.

  • Eye of the storm?

        When I lived in Norfolk, a quarter of a century ago, the place took a direct hit from a Category I hurricane.

  • Breaking: Reese wins Brawl going away

        HUDDLESTON, Va. –  While others zigged this week, Skeet Reese zagged and the decision paid off in spades.  Bucking the sightfishing trend and primarily working a swimbait, the Auburn, Calif., pro left the competition in the dust – his closet competitor was Jason Williamson more than the 14 pounds behind – amassing 78 pounds, 1 ounce, of Smith Mountain Lake bass to take his fifth Bassmaster victory at the Evan Williams Bourbon Blue Ridge Brawl.

  • Breaking: Williamson still leads; Crews jumps into the hunt

    HUDDLESTON, Va. – The good news for Jason Williamson: The Wagener, S.C., pro was able to hold off a bevy of hard-charging competitors and cling to a slim lead at the Evan Williams Bourbon Blue Ridge Brawl.  The bad news: Red-hot Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., tapped into Smith Mountain Lake Friday for another 17-plus pound day, which was enough to move into second, just 5 ounces off Williamson’s 36-11 pace.