Today's News

  • Cavalier's Kids' Camp

    This year’s turnout for Jefferson Forest’s Basketball Kid’s Camp nearly doubled from that of last year’s. Going from 35 kids to 65 kids the Cavaliers had a packed gym from Monday June 11-Thursday June 14.

    A total of 14 current and former Cavaliers helped boys Head Coach Cameron Shepherd run through drills throughout the entire week.

  • Staunton River Kid's Camp

    The Staunton River Kid’s Camp took place from Monday June 11-Wednesday June 13. This year the camp shifted back to the morning in order to accommodate for kids that have other activities scheduled for afternoons.

    Counselors were members of the boys and girls Golden Eagle teams as well as a few former Golden Eagles. Rodney Kasey, who played at Bluefield College and is now a member of the coaching staff at Bluefield State, was a counselor and a guest speaker on the camp’s final day.

  • Sports Day-ly: Power of the World Cup

    Whether it’s yourself competing or watching a friend or family member compete, almost everyone has had some experience with the world of sports. Even if people are not huge fans of sports, almost all can say they’ve seen sports in action before.

    You might think about playing on your high school basketball team, watching your friend out on the football field or watching your daughter’s softball game. But regardless of your experience, think about the power that sports can hold.

  • Martin resigns from Bedford Chamber

        Susan Martin has resigned as president of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.

        After 11 years at the helm, Martin is leaving to take a job with Ross IES in Roanoke. Martin said the IES in Ross’s name stands for Innovative Employment Solutions.
        Martin first took charge of the Bedford Chamber in February, 2007. A West Virginia native, Martin had lived in Bedford for 10 years before taking the job with the Chamber.

  • Michael's World

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    In the mid 80s when Michael Wray was attending Liberty High School he was tasked with a school project requiring the creation of a short story. The project gave birth to the idea of a football themed board game, You’re the Coach.

    Wray would sit in his room dreaming and perfecting the board game. His mother deemed it his own little world.

  • Banking bill will help rural Virginia

    By Senator Mark R. Warner

        We all know the stock market is booming. The economic recovery that began at the end of President Obama’s term has continued to gain steam under President Trump. In cities like Washington, D.C., it is almost like the great recession never happened.
        But when you get outside the beltway, to rural communities across Virginia, you get a different picture.
        The truth is, rural America continues to feel the lingering symptoms of the financial crisis.

  • Pirate Days coming July 20-22

    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director SMLRCC

        Shiver Me Timbers…SML Pirate Days received Laker Magazine’s 2018 Silver award for “Best Annual Community Event.”  People love it!

  • Staycation Vacation!

    By Nicole S. Johnson,
    Director of Tourism
    Bedford County

        As the longest-running and premier travel publication in this part of the country, Blue Ridge Country  celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year.

  • A moral victory on Medicaid expansion

        It certainly took long enough, but Virginia will now see about 400,000 of its neediest people access health care through an expansion of the federal Medicaid program.
        In a historic action May 30, both houses of the General Assembly passed budgets that included the long-sought expansion. It was a victory for Governor Ralph Northam, who has signed the law, and for the freshmen class of Democratic lawmakers who nearly flipped the House in 2017.

  • Government does something right

        I have a very skeptical view of the government’s ability to do anything efficiently. However, I have to compliment the Bedford’s town government on doing a couple of things right.
        One of these things concerns the former Bedford Middle School building and Old Yellow. Town Council and Town Manager Bart Warner and his staff seem to be moving promptly to respond to a developer proposal to renovate and repurpose both buildings.