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Today's News

  • Sears bringing Hometown Store to Downtown Moneta

        Plenty of excitement surrounded the announcement Thursday of a new store locating at the  Downtown Moneta development. Folks at the Lake were left guessing right up until developer George Aznavorian told the SML Chamber and other officials gathered for the unveiling.

        And they weren’t disappointed.
        The new 9,000 square foot building in Downtown Moneta will be a Sears Hometown Store.

  • Just like Christmas

        For Laura Kohout and Ana Watkins, the Wednesday before school started seemed a bit like Christmas. They knew they were getting something special, they just didn’t know quite what.

        Then they walked into their new classroom.

  • Tech center opens in NL

        A new facility in New London promises to put Bedford County on the cutting edge of technology.

        The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) held an official ribbon cutting, Thursday, although people were already at work in the facility.
        “We had people move in here before we even had the grand opening,” commented Bob Bailey, CAER’s executive director.

  • Sweet family business

    Rick De Simone, of Bedford, bought a sweet business back in 1970. That’s the year he purchased Bedford’s Dairy Queen. He’s owned the place ever since and, last week, Matt Dunham, vice president of Dairy Queen of Virginia, came to Bedford to honor him for 40 years in the business.    

        De Simone’s relationship with Dunham’s family also goes back four decades.
        “He signed a contract with my grandfather in 1971,” Dunham said.

  • Reid to challenge Brown for sheriff

        Chuck Reid, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, will challenge Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown in this year’s election.

        Reid, a Bedford County native, was first hired as a deputy in 1980 by former Sheriff Carl Wells. He began as a road deputy and later served as an investigator. Reid said that he was part of the regional homicide squad and also worked as an undercover investigator in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

  • 81-year-old local man jumps for a cause

    On Aug. 14, Bob VandeLinde took up an old habit that he acquired while in the Army — jumping out of perfectly good airplanes while they are still flying.


        VandeLinde was a paratrooper in the Army, a member of the 11th Airborne Division’s 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, and made combat jumps behind enemy lines during the Korean War. But this month’s jump was quite different from those he did in Korea.

  • Storm leaves swath of downed trees

        It doesn’t take a hurricane or a tornado—or even an earthquake—to do a great deal of damage in a limited area.

        Edley Updike was home, late Thursday afternoon, when a powerful thunderstorm rolled through. At about 4:30 p.m. a strong wind began blowing at the farm where she lives, off Mack Updike Circle.
        “I was praying that the Lord would protect me, and He did,” Updike commented. “I was safe and the house was safe.”

  • Call him 'Titan'

      Staunton River’s Brian Ellis has been called many things:  tough guy, captain, hard-hitter, leader.

  • River tops Lady Cavs in early season volleyball

      In a reversal of fortunes, Staunton River topped defending Seminole champion Jefferson Forest, three games to two, in early-season volleyball action.

  • Sports Commentary: The name game

      I received (yet) another goofy press release today.  This one described the excitement generated by the naming of the stadium the New York Giants and New York Jets share.