• Football's foundation
      They sure do love their football in Forest.  And Goode.  And Boonsboro. That sentiment became abundantly clear as the Forest Youth Association (of the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department) played host to a massive football camp last week. Nearly 60 aspiring gridiron stars invaded Nissan Field, off Rte. 811 for this year's camp.
  • Off to the playoffs
      Now the stakes are at their highest. After a solid run through its regular-season American Legion slate, Big Island Post 217 now takes aim at tournament glory. Big Island is heading into the post-season fray with a bit of wind at its back, and some in its face. On Thursday night, it topped Vinton Post 80 in a rain-shortened affair, 2-0. On Saturday, the Islanders hosted Martinsville Post 42 in a double header that ended the regular season on a less-than- positive note.
  • The Old Dudes of Summer
  • Statement title
      A phoenix rises from ashes. These guys rose from less than that. But a mere a gleam in someone's eye half a decade ago, a Forest-based lacrosse team has been birthed, raised and grown to prominence in startlingly rapid fashion. The U15 (15 years of age and under) team of the Forest Youth Athletic Activities organization capped its remarkable run by posting an 11-3 record and winning the Southwest Virginia Lacrosse League Tournament. To say the team's trajectory is solid is to understate.
  • Photo of the week: The ol' dusty mitt
    This edition's Photo of the Week is provided by Devon Meyers.   She was watching her son Michael play baseball in the Huddleston Rec 9-10-year-old league.  An avid photographer, Devon was able to get this shot of Jarred Mayhew as his catcher's mitt explodes with a cloud of dust.   She got the shot with her Nikon D90, using ISO 1000, F/2.8 and a 1/400 exposure time. Devon has been a longtime contributor to the Bedford Bulletin with her photographic talents.  
  • Escape to Alcatraz
  • Big win for Big Islanders
      One is a Jefferson Forest guy. The other is an LCA fellow. One is built like a linebacker. The other looks more like a safety. Together, they helped lead Big Island Post 217 to a timely win over Vinton Post 80. Cameron Byrd and Tyler Bergin combined to pitch all nine innings in effective fashion to give the Islanders the 7-3 win.  They also posted four RBIs between them.
  • The Pride of Big Island
      She's been many things:  a wife, mother, teacher and coach, to name a few. Now, Sheila Turpin will add another role to that list:  Hall of Famer. The Big Island native was included in this year's class of inductees into the Radford University Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place in conjunction with Radford University's Fall Homecoming Weekend on October 18-19.  
  • Otey in as JF's new Athletic Director
      He's the man. Or, at least he soon will be so. Jefferson Forest principal Tony Francis announced that the school has hired a new athletic director. Stepping into the role on July 25 will be John Otey. "He's very organized and takes on challenges," said Francis of the man who won out a nine-horse race for the position.
  • Youth will be served
      "Rejoice O young man, in thy youth."