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Today's News

  • Basketball off to tepid start

      Non-district basketball play opened in gymnasiums across the county.

    While the games have no bearing on standings, seedings and such, they do provide an insight into what can be expected once Seminole play begins.

  • Wrestlers take to mats with Salem in mind

      A familiar refrain is ringing through the wrestling rooms and gymnasiums of the county squads:  Knock off Brookville.

  • Fire destroys home; owner injured in blaze

    A fire in the 1800 block of Lazenbury Dr. in Bedford County Wednesday afternoon left the homeowner with second and third degree burns and her home destroyed. Family members are hoping, however, that Barbara Hamilton will be home for Christmas.

        “She’s doing a little better,” Debbie Bowyer said of her mom, stating that she was still at Lynchburg General Hospital recovering from her burns.

  • The lights are on

    Paul D. Helsel, who heads up the Elks organization nationwide, was sure that there would be a line of cars near the Elks National Home full of people hoping his remarks would be brief. He was right. As soon as he pressed the switch that turned on the lights Friday night, a steady stream of cars began rolling into the Elks Home property.

  • Smyth receives ‘Best Workplace’ designation

    Smyth Companies, Inc. has been designated as “Best Workplace” for 2008 by the “Best Workplace in the Americas” program. 

        The program is administered by Printing  Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), and is awarded to  companies who demonstrate exceptional practices in the area of human resources and employee relations.

  • Life along the Parkway

    Calvin Rice has worked along the Blue Ridge Parkway for half a century.

        He’s currently the dining room manager at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.

        Rice started working at a service station along the parkway at Otter Creek, near Big Island, right out of high school. This is 28 miles north of the Peaks and the parkway was not yet complete at that time. There was not yet a bridge carrying the road over the James River and motorists, upon reaching that point, had to get off, cross the James elsewhere and then return to the parkway.

  • Cutting edge design

    Smith Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be on the cutting edge of marine firefighting technology when it takes delivery of its new fireboats next year.

        What’s more, the design work that put these boats on the cutting edge was done by five members of the fire department.

  • Single-vehicle crash injures three

    Three people were injured in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon and the driver of the truck was arrested for driving under the influence.

  • Towers get go-ahead

    A Bedford County Planning Commission vote, Monday night, brought broadband Internet access one step closer for three elementary schools.

  • Report falls short in providing creative solutions

    During last year’s budget discussions the Bedford County School Board decided to hire out a facilities study in order to get a comprehensive look at what to expect in construction needs for the school system in the years ahead. At the time several issues were being discussed, including moving eighth graders over to Liberty High School to make room for sixth graders at Bedford Middle School. The hope was that the study could help provide some plausible solutions to the facility needs of the school system, even possibly looking at some “out-of-the-box” possibilities.