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Today's News

  • Guardians of the Lake

    By Casey Kroll

    Smith Mountain Lake Association

        As I have shared in several of my previous articles, when I moved to Smith Mountain Lake about four years ago, I experienced many, many surprises.

  • The worst Cabinet choices ever

         As most Americans continue to be horrified by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, his selections for Cabinet positions bring to mind Hillary Clinton’s description of his supporters.
        “A basket of deplorables” is what she called them, a true remark for which she took a lot of heat. It’s pretty clear that what we’re going to get for his Cabinet falls into three chilling categories: corporate billionaires; military generals; and climate change deniers.

  • I’m disappointed

        I’m very disappointed.
        During the presidential campaign, quite a number of celebrities promised to leave the country if Donald Trump won the election. If you google “celebrities who promised to leave the country if Trump wins,” you will get a large number of lists from  s variety of sources. Some lists contain as many as 23 names.
        The lists include Barbara Streisand, Miley Cyrus and Whoopi Goldberg. I would  be glad to wish them “good riddance.”

  • The King is born

    Luke 2
        1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

  • ‘Round up’ yields drug, fugitive arrests

        On December 8, law enforcement officers from the Bedford Police Department and the Virginia State Police assisted the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Drug Unit, in the service of arrest warrants on seven persons (more arrests are pending) charged with the distribution of illegal drugs and prescription drugs (pills, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin).
        The arrests took place throughout the county and in the town of Bedford.
        Alexander Forte, 20, of Bedford, was charged with distribution of marijuana.

  • Charges go to grand jury

        A Moneta woman, facing some 80 charges, had about one-quarter of those charges certified to a Bedford grand jury on Monday.
        Rhonda Renay Overstreet, 32, had charges of grand larceny, credit card fraud and bad check charges certified while many charges, related to those, weren’t prosecuted since she waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

  • Council denies Elks request

        Bedford’s Elks lodge won’t get a tax exemption. Town Council voted against the lodge’s request by a 5-1 margin. Councilman Beckham Stanley was absent.
        “I am fully aware of the good works of the Elks,” commented Bedford Mayor Bob Wandrei.
        However, Wandrei said it’s important for all to pay their fair share of taxes.
        “I cannot support this ordinance,” Wandrei said of the ordinance that would have granted the tax exemption.

  • One man show honors Bluegrass legend

        Little Town Players will host a one man show, next month, that honors Bluegrass legend Carter Stanley.

        “The program is a mixture of story telling and music,” said Gary Reid,  the performer.
        The music consists of 10 different Bluegrass songs and Reid accompanies himself on the guitar.

  • Fully accredited

        Boonsboro Elementary School held an all day event Nov. 30 to celebrate being fully accredited.

        “This is the first year we are back to fully accredited,” said Beth Williams, the school’s principal.
        The school once was fully accredited, but slipped from that status. It was a long road back.
        “It was a very hard climb to turn it around,” she said.
        Williams felt the achievement was worth celebrating.

  • Extra Points: Its the Holiday Week

        This past weekend, if you watched the Dallas Cowboys game, you probably saw Ezekiel Elliott jump into the gigantic red pot on the field after a touchdown.
        Well the celebration resulted in a penalty on the field, excessive celebration, and the extra point was moved back 10 yards.
        Well Monday morning the NFL released a statement that Elliott will not be fined because the celebration benefited a charity that the NFL supports.