• Cap'n Dale's SML report
      DALE WILSON’S SML GUIDE SERVICE PHONE NO:  540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950 www.captaindalewilson.com   OVERVIEW: Fishing is fair to good. Later this month fishing should improve.  The hot weather and heavy boat traffic has made most fishing best at night or early morning. The majority of the lake is clear and the water temperature will be in the 80’s. .  
  • Leaving "The Nest"
      They'll be playing different sports and they're  all heading in different directions, but they're all flying high. Three Staunton River athletes announced their intentions to attend college, pursue academic excellence and participate in intercollegiate athletics. Carol Rice, Lillian Garrecht and Brie Holdren announced those intentions to family and friends at separate celebrations near the end of Staunton River's school year.
  • 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.
  • Football's foundation
      They sure do love their football in Forest.  And Goode.  And Boonsboro. That sentiment became abundantly clear as the Forest Youth Association (of the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department) played host to a massive football camp last week. Nearly 60 aspiring gridiron stars invaded Nissan Field, off Rte. 811 for this year's camp.
  • Off to the playoffs
      Now the stakes are at their highest. After a solid run through its regular-season American Legion slate, Big Island Post 217 now takes aim at tournament glory. Big Island is heading into the post-season fray with a bit of wind at its back, and some in its face. On Thursday night, it topped Vinton Post 80 in a rain-shortened affair, 2-0. On Saturday, the Islanders hosted Martinsville Post 42 in a double header that ended the regular season on a less-than- positive note.
  • The Old Dudes of Summer
  • Statement title
      A phoenix rises from ashes. These guys rose from less than that. But a mere a gleam in someone's eye half a decade ago, a Forest-based lacrosse team has been birthed, raised and grown to prominence in startlingly rapid fashion. The U15 (15 years of age and under) team of the Forest Youth Athletic Activities organization capped its remarkable run by posting an 11-3 record and winning the Southwest Virginia Lacrosse League Tournament. To say the team's trajectory is solid is to understate.
  • Photo of the week: The ol' dusty mitt
    This edition's Photo of the Week is provided by Devon Meyers.   She was watching her son Michael play baseball in the Huddleston Rec 9-10-year-old league.  An avid photographer, Devon was able to get this shot of Jarred Mayhew as his catcher's mitt explodes with a cloud of dust.   She got the shot with her Nikon D90, using ISO 1000, F/2.8 and a 1/400 exposure time. Devon has been a longtime contributor to the Bedford Bulletin with her photographic talents.  
  • Escape to Alcatraz