Today's News

  • County will take part in library study

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted at their June 10 meeting not to participate with Lynchburg and Campbell County in a regional library study.
        But that wasn’t the last word,
        Monday night, a change in that decision came because District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, who had voted with the majority the last time, reversed course. Cheek was able to have the issue revisited because he voted with the majority at the prior meeting.

  • Thaxton resident takes her students on a trip back in time

        A group of students at the Community School in Hollins spent much of this spring exploring Bedford’s history, thanks to a Thaxton resident who teaches at the school.

  • Filling in the sinkhole

        A sinkhole that appeared Sunday shut down one lane of traffic in the eastbound lane of US 460 in Bedford, just past the Wal-Mart intersection.

        The sinkhole appeared around 4 p.m. Sunday, reported by a Trooper with the Virginia State Police.
        Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the city of Bedford were on the scene late Sunday afternoon. VDOT had blocked off the lane and corrective measures began Monday.

  • Sports commentary: No fight left


    I'm not much of a golfer.  

    In fact, I'm not a golfer at all, having finally ditched my bag of sorry clubs a few years ago.

    The only golfing adventure I've had since then involved trying to get the ball through a windmill's blades or into the kangaroo's pouch at Pedro's Putt-Putt Paradise.

    I also don't watch the sport, having made the wife promise to shoot me, should she ever find me perched in front of the Golf Channel.  It is a promise she does not take lightly.

  • Looking for a rebound


    Sisyphus had his boulder.

    Hercules had his twelve labors.

    Henry the Fifth had his Agincort.

    Then, there's Amanda McCoy.

    The most recent volleyball head coach at William Byrd, McCoy is set to assume the orb and scepter that come with taking over the program at Liberty High this autumn.

    It is, indeed, a great challenge.  Liberty won a single match last season and has not finished in the top half of the Seminole District for at least the past eight years.

  • Always a Cavalier


    Once a Cavalier, always a Cavalier.

    Such is the case for Ryan Gilleland, who was recently named as the new head coach of the Jefferson Forest baseball program.

    In a move that shocked absolutely nobody, Gilleland was chosen to take over the mantle vacated by Jim Thacker, who resigned after 28 years as skipper.

    Sure we all have red blood (readers from planet Vulcan aside).  But Gilleland bleeds Jeff Forest red.  He grew up in the Forest area, watching his idols win a State title in 1988.

  • 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.  

  • Big Island Post 217 kicks off season


    The boys of summer are back in swing.

    Big Island Post 219 has kicked off what the crew hopes will be yet another successful season.

    The team, which is comprised of older high school and first-year college players (there is a 19-year old age limit), has a roster that is chock full o' talent.

  • Update: Sinkhole shuts down one lane of traffic on US 460 in Bedford




  • We must return to the principles of our founding fathers

    By Congressman Robert Hurt