Today's News

  • Nester heads for Halifax County

    By John Barnhart

    Staff Writer


        George Nester, Bedford County’s director of community development, is leaving for Halifax County. He takes over as that county’s administrator next month.

        Nester worked as town manager of Vinton for seven years and also as city manager of Covington. He was Franklin County’s county administrator for eight years before taking up his current job in Bedford County.

  • LHS senior dies in accident

    On Thursday morning students at Liberty High School took the time to sign posters to give to the family of Chase Landon Jones, the 18-year-old Liberty High School senior who died as the result of injuries suffered during a single-car accident on Bell Town Road in Bedford Wednesday afternoon.

        For the students it was a chance to begin the grieving process of losing a fellow classmate. His funeral was held Monday in Bedford.

  • Riding with the pros

    For Johnny Martin, serving as a marshal during the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl Elite series tournament last week was an experience he’ll never forget.

        “It’s like an on the water classroom experience,” Martin said. “It’s the best $100 I’ve ever spent.”

  • A winning catch

    Keith Alan of ESPN Outdoors calls Kevin VanDam the King Kong of bass fishing.

        Others call him the Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan of the sport.

        He’s all that — and a lot more.

        Now the four-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year can add Blue Ridge Brawl champion to his growing list of accomplishments and the $100,000 champion’s prize to his bank account.

  • Cheek won’t run again

    District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek saved his surprise for the end of Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting.

        “I am stepping aside to devote my time to my family and my business,” Cheek said, announcing that he won’t seek reelection this fall. “I decided that, come December, I’m finished.”

  • Tree falls on man, killing him

    At 10:02 a.m. Tuesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting that a tree had fallen on a man and he was trapped under the tree.

        The Moneta Rescue Squad and sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene at 9395 Moneta Rd. After arriving on the scene, squad members notified dispatchers that the victim was deceased.

        The victim,Harold Kenneth Jones, 62, was cutting down the tree on his property when the accident occurred. A friend of the victim, who was helping, witnessed the accident and called 911.

  • Another good showing this past week helped enhance SML’s reputation as an Elite destination

    Kevin VanDam might have walked away with the Advanced Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl trophy and the $100,000  champion’s check, but in the end it might just be the Smith Mountain Lake area which comes away as the real winner.

  • Letters

    It’s obvious

        In response to Rick Howell’s March 18 column concerning embryonic stem cell research, I have one point to make which is never mentioned by the main stream media.  It is a fact that there have been successes as well as promising results with the use of adult stem cells.   On the other hand there have been zero successes or promise with embryonic stem cells.

  • We must ensure care for veterans when they return home

    I recently had the honor of traveling with the Surgeons General of the U.S. Army and Navy and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress from the Veterans’ Affairs Committee on a mission to Afghanistan. We had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the heroism and professionalism of our medical personnel saving lives overseas, from the battlefront to transition hospitals. Our soldiers were heartened to receive notes of support that I brought over from Rustburg Elementary and Middle School, Gladys Elementary, and Dillwyn Primary School.


  • We should not be saddling future generations with debt

    Sunday, April 26th marks Debt Day for the 2009 fiscal year. This is the day the government starts paying for federal spending by borrowing money rather than using its revenue.  This means that all of the money spent from Washington the rest of this year will either be borrowed from other countries or borrowed from future generations, in turn increasing our federal debt dramatically.