Today's News

  • Americans want commonsense health care reform

    Just over a year and a half ago, with total disregard for the will of the American people, Congress passed and President Obama signed the health care reform overhaul into law. This new law, which I voted against, is defined by federal regulations, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt at a cost to our country too high to bear.


    ROCKY MOUNT, Va., October 10, 2011 – Appalachian Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP) and licensed operator of the Smith Mountain Hydroelectric Project in Southwestern Virginia, has launched an updated website that provides more power plant and lake information and is easier to access for area residents.
    The site can be found at www.smithmtn.com. It is also available through www.AppalachianPower.com.

  • Bedford County Board of Supervisors Commit to Land Transfer

    On a motion made by Supervisor Dale Wheeler on Tuesday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of granting land to the Bedford County Public Service Authority (“BCPSA”).  The Authority has requested the Board of Supervisors transfer 50 acres in and around where the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority formerly operated the Moneta Adult Detention Center (aka “Camp24”) to the BCPSA as a site for a potential regional water treatment plant.


  • BOO! You know what’s coming!

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown
    Dial 9-1-1

    Kids love Halloween!

        Dressing up, scary make-up, and free candy! What’s not to love? Let’s keep this Halloween safe for everyone.

  • Class divisions have always existed

        President Obama’s recent proposal to levy new taxes on millionaires and billionaires has produced the cry we always hear from the right when the imperial privileges of the wealthy are questioned.

         “Class war; class war!!” The belief is that we musn’t mention class in America because, well, there’s just something Communist about it.

  • Oh deer!

        Deer season is in full swing. Archery season began on Oct. 1. I’ve always admired those guys who have enough patience to perch in a tree stand waiting to get a good shot — a level of patience that I lack. I especially admire those guys who can actually hit something using a bow. If you put a bow in my hands, the safest place to stand would be in front of the target as that is the one spot where I can guarantee that an arrow will not go.

  • Protect your home, family from fire

    What’s the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course, states the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.

        This year’s campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires — cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials. Additionally, it urges people to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology and planning.

  • Red carpet event celebrates how a community came together to help movie project succeed

    On Friday, the community that helped make Lake Effects happen, came together.

        There were the stars, the filmmakers, the investors and the community folks who just helped out.
        There were limos, a red carpet and a community screening of the film.
        It was an event right out of Hollywood, but one that L.A could never have. This was one purely crafted by the Smith Mountain Lake community.

  • Student hit while boarding school bus

        A letter went home, Monday, to parents of Goodview Elementary School students from the school’s principal, Eddie Zimmerman, informing them that a child from the school had been hit by a car while attempting to board a school bus that morning.

  • Dry weather hurt some local crops

    Although the Bedford area has been getting a good bit of rain this month, the weather was dry in the summer. According to P. W. Morgan, who operates a family farm in Huddleston, his farm went 48 days without rain. Morgan raises wheat, soybeans, corn and beef cattle.    

        The wheat is harvested in June and did very well. Along with selling the grain, Morgan markets square bales of wheat straw.
        “We can deliver that in tractor trailer loads,” he said.