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Today's News

  • Fitness with a personal touch

    A new business has opened at in the Smith Mountain Lake area that offers a personal touch to fitness.

    "It's our passion," commented Dwight Ward who, with Rob Jordan, opened Smith Mountain Lake Wellness and Fitness this month.

    The business, located on U. S. 122, a short distance from Hales Ford Bridge on the Bedford County side of the lake, offers personal fitness training. The goal is to help people develop healthy lifestyles.

  • Run over by The Bus

    Sebastiano Stia has been run over by "The Bus."

    Stia currently lives on Scruggs Road on the Franklin County side of Smith Mountain Lake. A few years ago, he was working on a freelance photo assignment which took him to a Pittsburgh Steelers-Philadelphia Eagles game. This work gets a man on the sidelines of pro football games. A sports photographer needs to be alert and quick as more than getting good shots is at stake. At one point during this game, Stia was just not quick enough.

    "Jerome Bettis is running with the ball," Stia recalled.

  • U.S. deaths in Iraq pass 4,000

    Iraq war death number 4,000 happened as a result of a roadside bomb, which has been a typical way our troops have died in that war.

    As we reached this dubious milestone in a war that seemingly has no end, the USA Today newspaper made a commendable effort to put names and details on the numbers.

    It reported, for example, that more than half (52 percent) of the 4,000 U.S. deaths were from bombs. Only 16 percent died by enemy gunfire.

  • China's good sportsmanship

    It appears that China may be trying to invent a new Olympic sport. What would we call it? The Tibetan head-bashing marathon?

    Actually, what has been going on has nothing to do with the games. It is, however, a source of embarrassment for the Chinese government, which is hoping that the Olympics will give them the chance for some positive PR. The news, at least what we are getting, about the situation is not the sort of publicity they want.

  • The rhetoric is getting louder for Clinton to step aside

    The calls for Hillary Clinton to gracefully bow out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president grow louder each day. She should ignore the clamor.

    Yes, Clinton is trailing Barack Obama in pledged delegates by a considerable margin. Yes, she's also losing the popular vote. But, truth be told, she's only one Obama misstep away from the tide turning in her favor.

  • Program's focus: Safe teen driving

    Ben Creasey, at a teen driving presentation at Staunton River High School recently, recounted the worst night of his life.

    It was exactly four years ago last month and a friend came to his house to tell him his daughter, Ginni, had been in a crash. Creasey initially thought the damage was limited to the car. His wife, Crystal thought the same.

    "I kept saying, 'Now Ben, don't fuss at her. This is her first wreck,'" she recalled saying.

  • Bush pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

    A Bedford County woman will spend the next six years in prison for attempting to elude Campbell County Sheriff's deputies last year.

    Heather Lynn Bush, 27, pleaded guilty to a felony level attempt to elude police and involuntary manslaughter when she appeared before Judge James Updike in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

  • Bedford Police Officer returns from duty in Iraq

    Tim Brooke normally wears the uniform of the Bedford City Police Department. Last year, however, he temporarily traded it for the pixilated camouflage of the United States Army.

    A captain in the Virginia National Guard, Brooke returned recently from duty in Iraq. Brooke served as a civil affairs officer with Headquarters Company, 116th Infantry Combat Brigade. His post was actually a Major's job, but he was assigned to it as he had been selected for promotion to that rank prior to the company's deployment.

  • County files response to Oakwood Villas lawsuit

    Bedford County Attorney Carl Boggess filed the county's response, in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a lawsuit over the rezoning that cleared the way for the Oakwood Villas condominium project.

  • Seven face drug-related charges

    Seven individuals are facing 29 charges as a result of indictments handed down before a Bedford County Special Grand Jury last month.

    On March 14, Bedford County Sheriff?s Narcotic Investigators testified before the Grand Jury resulting in the 29 indictments for distribution of narcotics and related offenses.

    "These indictments are the result of the on going commitment, hard work and dedication of the Narcotic Investigations Unit of the Bedford County Sheriff?s Office," stated Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office in a news release.