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Today's News

  • Buffer landscape committee makes presentations to two local groups

    By Rich Brager
    Buffer Landscape Committee Chairman

        The Buffer Landscape Committee is sponsored by Smith Mountain Lake Association and consists of about 15 dedicated volunteers. 
        Our objective is to educate SML residents so that we increase the number of properties using shoreline buffer landscaping techniques and promote the concept that landowners can have a beautiful lakefront while being environmentally sound.  Our mantra is: Slow the flow and filter the flow.

  • Pentagon budget immensely wasteful

        On June 21, USA Today published a story that barely registered a ripple in the American consciousness. The Pentagon had, over a decade, wasted about $28 million on snarky camouflage uniforms for Afghan military officers.
        The information came from a report by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. He was not happy, especially when he noted that the Afghans could have been given uniforms for free that were already owned by our government.

  • Trump makes a deal

        It looks like President Donald Trump has made a deal with Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on Syria during the two men’s first meeting. The two have agreed to a cease fire in Southwestern Syria. The ceasefire is intended to allow anti-government forces to concentrate of fighting Islamic State.
         It still remains to be seen if this cease fire holds. Previous cease fires have failed when Syrian forces attacked U. S. supported rebels.
         This time it may hold.

  • Good signs

        There are some good signs taking place in and around Bedford.
        The opening of Beale’s Brewery has been a big hit and has provided a good number of jobs. The first few weeks have brought in plenty of folks -- some seeking the atmosphere, some the specially brewed Beale’s beer, some wanting to partake of the quality BBQ being offered.

  • Chilean missionaries help with Mega Sport & Drama Camp

    Pastor David Whitehurst of Word of Life Evangelical Church was born in Chile, South America. At the age of five, he moved back to America with his parents, who had spent most of their lives as missionaries traveling to Chile. Now several decades later, Whitehurst has revived the relationship between the Methodist Church of Chile  and the Word of Life Evangelical Church.

  • Former local athletes inspire YMCA Power Scholar Academy participants

    Four former local athletes gathered to speak to scholars from Bedford Elementary School and Montvale Elementary School.

    The scholars were part of the five-week long YMCA Power Scholar Academy, a summer learning loss prevention iniative run by Bedford Area Family YMCA with support from the YMCA of the USA.

    The scholars are recommended by teachers who identify the children as at risk for taking a “couple steps back” during the summer, explained Mary Jo Boone, the CEO of Bedford Area Family YMCA.

  • Kim Jones takes on new coaching challenge

    Kim Jones has been known to make history at Staunton River.

    As a senior on Staunton River girls basketball team, Jones was part of the squad that made it to States for the first time in program history. This season also marked the most wins since 1976, a record that still stands to this day.        

    Then as head coach of the girls basketball team for more than 15 years, Jones racked up some historical accolades; most program wins (179), two State quarterfinal appearances and three Blue Ridge District titles.

  • Floors and More moves to new location

        Floors and More moved to its new home on Burks Hill Road on Jan. 1 and has a grand reopening set for this Friday and Saturday.

        It was a big move for two reasons.
        “We were able to purchase the property,” said Bob Sloper.
        This is the first time in the six-and-a-half years they’ve operated the business in Bedford that they have actually owned the building where their business is located.

  • Horses and hounds

        The annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival took place on a hot, humid day, but at least the dogs got to stay cool in the pond. The festival is always held on the second Saturday of July, which fell on July 8 this year. The event drew 3,000 people, with no official count on the number of dogs although there were plenty of the furry, friendly creatures accompanying their favorite humans.

  • Developer: Hotel is needed tool

        James Oliver, the developer who is going to build a business class hotel in the Harmony development just west of Bedford, expects construction to begin in the late spring of 2018.

        Oliver’s company, Dogwood Development Company, has agreed to purchase the property in conjunction with Bedford’s economic development authority.
        “We still have some hoops to jump through,” Oliver said.