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Today's News

  • Accident claims life of Florida teen

    A car accident early Sunday morning along the Smith Mountain Lake Parkway claimed the life of a Florida teenager.

    William Bradford Sowers, 19, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., died after being transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital from the single vehicle accident, according to Sgt. Robert Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police. He was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.

  • Church expansion approved

    A Lake area church got the approval to build a new church facility on Hendricks Store Road.

    Troy Keaton, EastLake Community Church's pastor, said that the church had been planted in the Moneta area by a Roanoke church. At the time, the church acquired an existing building on Va. 122 and renovated it, knowing that they would outgrow it. That has now happened and that's why the church wants to build a 21,875 square foot facility.

  • Man dies in logging accident

    A 69-year-old Botetourt County man died following a logging accident Friday morning in Montvale.

    The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Friday in a remote area in Montvale off Partridge Lane, in the Goose Creek Valley area. Montvale fire and rescue crews responded to the scene.

    Killed in the accident was Haden Lee Dunbar, 69, of Webster Road. The man was described as a long-time employee of Eddie Dooley Inc., a Blue Ridge logging company.

  • Perriello campaign stresses community service

    Tom Perriello, the Democratic Party candidate for the 5th Congressional District, spent Friday afternoon working at Bedford Domestic Violence Services' office. Perriello was accompanied by some student interns working with his campaign.

    Perriello said that in addition to campaigning, he and his staff have been tithing their time by donating work to various non-profit organizations in the district. He said that he's doing this for several reasons.

  • County man sentenced to 48 years

    A Bedford County man faces 48 years in prison following conviction and sentencing by a jury.

    Michael Nicholas Bowden, 20, stood trial in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday, charged with unlawfully detaining Kelli Beamer, also 20, choking her with his hands and raping her. The incident occurred at his father's home on Feb. 22.

    According to court testimony, the two had a relationship for several years. Beamer testified that it had been sexual since they were 16. The sex occurred at either Bowden's father's house or at Beamer's parents' house.

  • Breaking: Man dies in logging accident in Montvale

    A 69-year-old Botetourt County man died following a logging accident Friday morning in Montvale.

    The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Friday in a remote area in Montvale off Partridge Lane, in the Goose Creek Valley area. Montvale fire and rescue crews responded to the scene.

    Killed in the accident was Haden Lee Dunbar, 69, of Webster Road. The man was described as a long-time employee of Eddie Dooley Inc., a Blue Ridge logging company.

  • Breaking - Man sentenced to 48 years

    A Bedford County man faces 48 years in prison following his conviction and sentencing by a jury in Bedford County Circuit Court this week.

    Michael Nicholas Bowdon, 20, stood trial Tuesday, charged with unlawfully detaining Kelli Beamer, also 20, choking her with his hands and raping her. The incident occurred at his father's home on Feb. 22.

    According to court testimony, the two had a relationship for several years. Beamer testified that it had been sexual since they were 16. The sex occurred at either Bowdon's father's house or at Beamer's parents' house.

  • River alum LaBrie taken by Nationals

    While many new college graduates are finding themselves starting out in a cubicle, a laboratory or a hospital, one local college grad will start out his new career in a place where many of us dream: third base.

    Ronnie LaBrie, a recent graduate of Lynchburg College, hopes to make his mark in the ranks of professional baseball following his being selected by the Washington Nationals in this spring's draft.

  • Future stars queue up for Liberty camps

    Just because schools are out doesn't mean learning has to come to an end.

    Area youth converged on sports camps last week in an effort to fortify their knowledge, skills and abilities by picking the brains of local coaches and high school players. Baseball, basketball and soccer camps had folks hopping all week.

    One of the Minutemen coaching the lads was Aaron Lafon, Liberty's catcher. "I want to help the little kids get better and get better myself," said Lafon, himself an attendee at the same camp many years ago.

  • Forest-heavy Post 217 starts Legion run

    You might be excused if you confuse this season's Big Island Post 217 American Legion ball club with the Jefferson Forest squad that just wrapped up its Seminole run a couple of weeks ago. Both teams feature many of the same faces. Given that the Cavs won both the District regular season and tournament titles means that's not such a bad thing. Layer in some top-notch talent from Liberty and sprinkle in some college-level players and the team looks to be a strong one.