Today's News

  • Islanders eye playoffs


    They'll get a breather.  Then things will really heat up for the American Legion Post 217 Big Island baseball crew.

    Coming off a week in which they played six games, the Islanders will head for the post-season, ready or not.

    The good news?  Big Island will host the District 10 tournament this weekend at Jim Thacker Field, at Forest Middle School.

    "We've been to Danville and we've been to Brookville," said Head Coach Kelley Russell.  "It's time to play on our home field."

  • Sports commentary: Cup-idity


    I hope none of you depend upon me when placing your wagers.

    If so, you'd have really been in trouble for any World Cup betting.

    In last week's column, I blithely selected Brazil to top the Netherlands in the finale.

    When you read that, you might have thought, "What a dummkopf!  Those two teams didn't even make the finals."

    You may have especially thought that if you are from Germany, the country that actually won the crown.

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Bedford Main Street Executive director

        Would you believe it’s been 33 years since Bedford hosted its first Centerfest? Thirty-three years and this amazing festival is still the Bedford event of the year that draws thousands of people into Centertown!

  • Boating legislation update

    By Bruce Dungan
    SML Water Safety Council

        It has been an interesting session in Richmond with respect to boating legislation.

  • The broiling politics of summer

    Summer is to be endured.
        I know most people have very romantic notions about it. It’s supposed to be this pristine time of beautiful, clear weather, vacations to the beach, etc., etc.
        Kids, of course, don’t have to go to school, so that makes it magical for them (pretty magical for teachers, too, I’d say). But for some of us, there’s nothing but bugs, flies, storms, and vicious heat to escape.

  • Leading the way — to destruction

  • World War II veterans to share experiences at D-Day Memorial

        The National D-Day Memorial will welcome a host of World War II veterans on Saturday, July 19th from 10am to 5pm during the Memorial’s annual Family Day event.  Veterans from the 8th Air Force, the 29th Infantry Division, Merchant Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and other military units will be on hand to talk to visitors throughout the day.

  • Accolades continue

        “The accolades that have come to me are greater than they should have been,” commented former Delegate Lacey Putney a few weeks after receiving an honorary doctorate from Liberty University.
        This year marked the first General Assembly session that Putney was not a part of in more than half a century. First elected in 1961, Putney never lost an election in his life. He retired last year after announcing that he would not seek reelection.

  • Horse and Hound Wine Festival is Saturday

        Johnson’s Orchards will present its annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival, Saturday.

        The Festival is kid-friendly and dog-friendly eventwith a Kiddie Koral and a dog play area. People visiting the Festival are invited to bring both their children and their dogs.

  • A Labor of Love

        If you enjoy Smith Mountain Lake, then you should thank Dr. Jeffrey Fong.

        Smith Mountain Lake exists because Smith Mountain Dam holds back the Roanoke River at a gap in Smith Mountain. Dr. Fong is the engineer who designed the dam.