Today's News

  • Garrett files for re-election

        Congressman Tom Garrett has officially filed his paperwork with the 5th District Republican Committee and the Virginia State Board of Elections, making him the first and only candidate in the race for the Republican Nomination thus far.

  • VSP arrest Montvale man for soliciting a minor

        Investigators with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Division arrested Larry Scott Hawkins, 52, of Montvale, on Feb. 14 at his residence in Bedford County.

        At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police initiated an investigation into an allegation that Hawkins had used a media device to solicit a 17-year-old female for sexual misconduct. 

  • Grant provides after school activities

        A federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant is providing a safe place for Moneta Elementary School students to productively spend time after school while waiting for parents to get off from work.

        The program, which has had an average of 60 children each day, is a Monday through Thursday  program that runs from 2:30-5 p.m.
        “This is an educational place for them to be while their parents are working,” Kathy Smith, the site coordinator for the school said.

  • Jackson among those seeking US Senate seat

        E. W. Jackson is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate. Jackson unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2013. He was defeated by Democrat Ralph Northam.

  • Blue Ridge Optics chosen for trade effort

        Blue Ridge Optics, a company located in Bedford, has been selected for Virginia’s VALET program.

        The acronym stands for Virginia Leaders in Export Trade. It’s designed to help companies that already have an established domestic business and want to branch out into exporting. There are currently 50 companies participating.

  • Boys with a Dream get GA invite

        Members of Boys with a Dream were invited to the Virginia General Assembly on Monday.

         Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown arranged for the group to be honored by the Virginia General Assembly.
        The group was recognized by Delegates Terry Austin and Scott Garrett from the floor of the Assembly and a brief overview of this group’s accomplishments were noted.

  • McDonalds gets a makeover

        The Bedford McDonald’s that stands in the old Walmart plaza is getting a complete makeover. The restaurant has been there since 1989. It closed on Jan. 14, temporarily, for the makeover.

  • Moving On

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    It has been nearly a decade since the Jefferson Forest boy’s basketball team has made it to the Regional Tournament, all of the current players were still in elementary school.

    On Friday Feb. 16 not only did the Cavaliers return to the Regional Tournament but they took down Pulaski County 63-57 to get one step closer to the VHSL State Tournament.

  • Wrestling continues record year for Golden Eagles

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    Last year the Staunton River Golden Eagles took four wrestlers to the VHSL State Championship meet and put one on the podium. This year the Golden Eagles had four wrestlers in the finals for their respective weight-class.

    This year’s team made program history by taking nine wrestlers to the State Championship.

  • Payback

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) Ospreys put their 11-game win streak on the line against rival Dayspring Christian Academy in the VACA Regional Semi-Finals on Friday Feb. 16. The Ospreys defeated the Lions 78-65.

    The Lions had been victorious in all three of the previous meetings between these two teams. The Ospreys had the opportunity to get them when it counted most.