Today's News

  • All quiet in the Baltic

        Back at the end of June, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin made news when he sacked a large number of senior naval officers in Russia’s Baltic Fleet. There was a lot of speculation as to why Vladimir Vladimirovich did this. One line of thought that appeared in news stories at the time is that he did it because these officers refused to act more aggressively toward NATO ships operating in the Baltic.

  • Want to help make history? Tips for Guinness event

    By Jerry Hale
        As a signature event of Smith Mountain Lake 50th Anniversary Celebration, Lakers will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for “Number of People Floating in a Line” this Saturday morning. 

  • World War I centennial events planned

        The Virginia General Assembly has set up a commission, the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission, to commemorate the centennial of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.
        According to Cheryl Jackson, the commission’s director, the commission was created in 2014, using funds left over from Virginia’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Jackson said that anniversary was a big boost in tourism to Virginia.

  • Missing autistic teen found
  • Everette Road bridge to be repaired this month

        A bridge that carries Everett Road (Va. 622) over Norfolk & Western Railroad tracks is currently closed but, according to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) spokesman Jason Bond, should reopen by the end of the month after repairs are completed.

  • Pilot programs added

        A report of mixed results from the first year of a pilot program on personalized learning came as no surprise to Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        “The report for the school board (last month) was the public side of it,” Dr. Schuch said this week. “We’ve been monitoring the progress for really the past year.”

  • Painting to raise money for historic mill

        A painting by Franz Beisser is being raffled to raise money for Big Otter Mill, a historic mill on Va. 122 near Bedford.

        Beisser, now retired, founded Bison Printing, located just west of Bedford. It’s a family-owned business that is now run by his sons.
        Art has long played a big role in his life. When he first got the business rolling, nearly 40 years ago, one of his marketing tools was to do pen-and-ink drawings of churches for the covers of their church bulletins which he printed.

  • Top 10 Endangered Artifact Poll

        On June 6, 1944, hours before embarking on the greatest invasion of World War II, American soldiers, sailors and airmen received a special message from their commander, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower.

        The printed “pep talk” informed the men that they were “about to embark upon the great crusade,” defined the coming fight as one of freedom versus tyranny, and encouraged the men that “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

  • Plans for Bedford County Fair expanded for this year

        The Bedford County Fair is coming back for a four-day run starting on Sept. 1.

        According to Joy Powers, superintendent of the fair and chairman of the fair board of directors, last year’s fair, the first in 40 years, exceeded expectations with turnout double what they had anticipated.
        “We were hoping for 7,000,” she said. “We ended up with over 14,500 people.”

  • Extra Points

        The New York Giants have picked up another local star, Logan Thomas, in hopes that he will become a true NFL quarterback. Thomas will have a chance to learn under Eli Manning a great quarterback, even though I am not a fan of him.
        Thomas will also get to work along side of Rashad Jennings, a Jefferson Forest graduate. Jennings was recently back in Lynchburg running a youth camp at Liberty University.
    The Jennings family still lives locally which gives him more reason to come back and visit the town he grew up in.