Today's News

  • School Board opts not to let students shut out of Thaxton Elementary to attend that school

        Despite a request from a parent and a board member, the Bedford County School Board decided Thursday not to allow six students who had been denied a zone transfer request to Thaxton Elementary to attend that school anyway.

  • Alliance celebrates Bastille Day

        As always, the Bedford International Alliance held its annual Bastille Day picnic on the Saturday evening closest to the French holiday. Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14, marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 when Parisians stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress in Paris.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge reopens

        The Peaks of Otter Lodge is open again after being closed for six months. The restaurant began serving meals on July 15.

        “The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Marcus Story, the Lodge’s interim manager. “They are just happy to see the Lodge open.”

  • Complications

        Back in 2001, Robert Miller, a local photographer, weighed a quarter of a ton.
        He had always been heavy, even as a teen, and he continued to gain weight. By the time he reached 548 pounds, many everyday activities had become difficult. Simply walking a short distance across a level floor would leave him breathing hard.
        Miller was  morbidly obese. The  medical  term means that he was at least three times his ideal weight. It also meant that his obesity would eventually kill him.

  • Middle school plans move ahead

        The new middle school in the Liberty Zone will be located either behind the current Liberty High School or on property donated to the county off U.S. 460 near the Bedford Area Family YMCA.
        Construction of the new school is expected to cost between $34 million to $40 million, if built for 800 students; less than that if the size of the school is smaller.

  • Fire, rescue requests get OK from board

        Two requests by Bedford County’s fire and rescue department dominated the Board of Supervisors’ discussions Monday night.
        One was a request by Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue, for $80,000, to be transferred from the contingency fund for personal protection equipment for firefighters. According to Jones, the fire and rescue capital improvement plan (CIP) has had a line item for this equipment that has not been funded for four years.

  • Tall order

        Jimmy and Stella Brown have created quite a stir the past several weeks for those traveling south on Va. 122 towards the Lake.

        At the entrance to their home on Brown Court, two 14-foot high century plants have been blooming, drawing attention from those passing by. Hundreds have stopped to look; many have taken pictures.
        And the Browns enjoy it all.
        “We see a lot of people just pull up and take a picture,” Stella said.

  • Haley Tourney off to nice start


    They came from near and far.

    They weren't disappointed.

    The 23rd annual Smith Mountain Lake Lions  Andrew Haley Memorial Junior Golf Tournament kicked off play on Monday.  

    The opening round was played at the Waterfront Country Club under overcast conditions that gave way to sunshine and smiles.

    Golfers from across the Commonwealth, as well as North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina made their way to Smith Mountain Lake for the event.

  • 'Dex' the Hall!


    He led Jefferson Forest to its first State football championship.

    He was the first JF graduate to play in the NFL.

    Now, Anthony Poindexter will become the first JF alum to be enshrined in the Virginia High School League's Hall of Fame.

    Poindexter will be inducted along with six other stellar athletes, coaches and contributors on October 14.  As he lives in Charlottesville, Poindexter won't have to travel far to attend the ceremony at the Charlottesville DoubleTree Hotel.

  • Sports commentary: Happy state


    I love Virginia.

    I've lived in seven states and another country.  I've been to roughly 40 states and 20 countries.

    Virginia tops them all.  I think it is nearly the perfect place to live.  

    I could use this column to write a love note to the commonwealth, singing of its many, many virtues and attractions.

    But we have a tourism board to take care of that.