Today's News

  • Mixed feelings about immigration

        I have mixed feelings about the immigration debate.
        Immigration is good. We have some fine businesses in this area that are owned and operated by immigrants. All of us are descendants of immigrants. My German ancestors came here at some point before 1848 as that was the year my great-grandfather George Barnhart was born. He was born in New Jersey,

  • We are better than this

        It’s been a busy weekend for those opposing President Trump.
        Locally, in Lexington, the owner of the Red Hen Restaurant—following an apparent vote by her restaurant staff—booted the president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the rest of her party, from the establishment because they didn’t like the POTUS’s politics.

  • Fireworks, events abound in area to celebrate July 4th holiday

        Those wanting to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and/or activities will have plenty of choices this coming week.

        Beginning on June 28 and continuing through the Fourth of July, community events abound in the county and local area.

    1776, the
    Concert Musical
        Poplar Forest presents 1776, the Concert Musical on Thursday, June 28; Friday, June 29; and Saturday, June 30 (Rain date Sunday, July 1) at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

  • Board takes action on derelict properties

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors took action at its meeting Monday night to force owners of derelict properties to repair the buildings.

  • Scam alert

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a telephone scam.

  • Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Report July 2018

    Dale Wilson’s SML Guide Service
    PHONE NO:  540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950

  • Andrew Haley Memorial/SML Lions Junior Golf Tournament

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    The sky was dark–often with water falling from the sky–and the ground was wet, but that did not stop 33 golfers from three different states from competing in the two-day Andrew Haley Memorial/SML Lions Junior Golf Tournament on Monday June 25 and Tuesday June 26.

  • Whitehurst demoted by board

        After a closed-door meeting that ran until nearly midnight, Thursday, the school board voted 4-3 to remove Dr. Cherie Whitehurst from the position of assistant superintendent and offer her a contract as an instructional coach assigned to the school division’s central office.

        Dr. Whitehurst has held the assistant superintendent post since 2009. District 1 school board member Richard Downey, District 6 school board member Susan Kirby and District 7 school board member Martin Leamy cast the dissenting votes.

  • Tennis: Growing the Game

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    Zachery Key and the Liberty Minutemen tennis team just wrapped up their 2018 tennis season. This season was Key’s, a senior who graduated in May, last in Liberty red and blue, but instead of taking a break from the game Key–and a few of his teammates–joined Coach Susan Kirby in running tennis classes the past two weeks.

  • Balloon lands here

        Back in October Jay Key, of Keytown, was out cutting firewood with his nephew when he found a red mylar balloon.

        It was a chance discovery. He had left his nephew running the log splitter while he went down the hill to cut another tree.