Today's News

  • Sunday night incident leaves two dead


         At 11 p.m. Sunday night Travis Howell called 911 and said that Timothy Howell, his father, had broken into his home on East Lois Court in Bedford County.

  • Supporting the LU Crew Team

    Submitted by the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council

        With a substantial boathouse and dock investment in the Mitchell’s Point area, Liberty University has made Smith Mountain Lake the home waters for its crew team. We, as lake residents and users, play a key role in the safety and success of the forty plus young athletes on the LU Crew Team. They need our help right now.

  • Don’t say ‘it isn’t about race’

        I adopted some rules for myself after the tragic result of the 2016 presidential election, as many others did, too.
        I resolved to never use, in print here, or in conversation, the words “President” and “Trump” together, as one would say President Obama or President Reagan. And I haven’t.

  • Trump made economy great again

        President Donald Trump’s policies have made America’s economy grow and this rising tide has lifted most boats.
        Hispanic unemployment, now at 4.5 percent, is the lowest it has been since the Bureau of Labor Standards started tracking it 45 years ago. Construction hiring is booming and the federal labor department said, two weeks ago, that there are 315,000 more people working in the industry than there were a year ago. It’s reached the point where contractors are having trouble filling jobs in skilled trades.

  • Melding the old with the new for a great business balance

    Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • Charges against two men advance to grand jury

        Charges against a Roanoke man accused of computer solicitation of a minor under the age of 15 years old were certified to the November grand jury in action Wednesday in Bedford General District Court.
        Matt Stanley Perry, 42, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on three counts of computer solicitation of a minor and one count of indecent liberties, while having several other charges dropped during Wednesday’s hearing before Judge Randy Krantz.

  • Child porn charges go to Nov. grand jury

        On March 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Vinton Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence of Dewey Edward Brown III on East Augusta Avenue    in Vinton.                

  • Man gets bond on computer solicitation charge

        A Charlottesville man, charged with indecent liberties with a child and computer solicitation, has been released on bond following a hearing in General District Court last Wednesday.
        Eric Wayne Goolsby was released on $35,000 secured bond.

  • Camp Jaycee

        HopeTree Family Services still owns Camp Virginia Jaycee.

        An attempt to auction the property, either as a whole or in pieces, earlier this year failed. Dr. Bill Robertson, who founded the camp, is now seeking to convince HopeTree to sell the property for $450,000. HopeTree had set a minimum bid of $600,000 for the auction. According to Dr. Robertson, HopeTree is still holding out for a higher price.