• New life for Big Island Post 217
      The dead walk among us! But, fear not.  There's no need to call out the CDC or the Zombie Response Unit. In this case, it's Big Island Post 217's American Legion senior baseball team playing the role of the walking undead. When last we left the Islanders, they were dealing with the fact they'd been eliminated in the District 10 playoffs, a 21-16 loss to Lynchburg Post 16. Lynchburg advanced to the finals, where it was topped by Danville.
  • Camp comes back to JF
      They're baaa-aack! After an absence of a dozen (or so) years, the summer baseball camp at Jefferson Forest is back in business.  As such, Jim Thacker Field (behind Forest Middle School) was alive with the shouts, laughter, pings of the bat and baseball-on-leather sounds associated with our national pastime. Jefferson Forest Head Coach Ryan Gilleland hosted the camp, which drew the vast majority of its 40 participants from the eastern part of our county.
  • Photo of the Week
      This issue's Photo of the Week was taken and sent into us by Becky Roberts, yet another member of the Forest Photography Club. Becky is a former resident of Bedford, now living in Lynchburg, where she has a part-time business called "My Second Chance Photography."  She only needed one chance to get this beaut of a shot of the Humpback Bridge, in Covington.  
  • Hunters honing handiness
      Life is all about continuous improvement. So is the Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend, set to run Aug. 22-24. Hosted by Appomattox's Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, the weekend is an inexpensive but knowledge-packed event which can be useful to virtually anyone.
  • Photo of the week
  • Future taking root in the present
      Good high school sports teams are not made overnight. In nearly every sport, the work and development which takes place well before high school is what translates into success on the varsity fields and courts. Such developmental efforts were on display in the Liberty and Forest zones last week. The Bedford Area YMCA hosted a basketball camp, while the Forest Youth Athletic Association fields were the site of a football camp.
  • Islanders eye playoffs
      They'll get a breather.  Then things will really heat up for the American Legion Post 217 Big Island baseball crew. Coming off a week in which they played six games, the Islanders will head for the post-season, ready or not. The good news?  Big Island will host the District 10 tournament this weekend at Jim Thacker Field, at Forest Middle School. "We've been to Danville and we've been to Brookville," said Head Coach Kelley Russell.  "It's time to play on our home field."
  • Double-header mania
      In baseball, you never know. Take Big Island Post 217's doubleheader with Danville Post 325. The bottom line is that the teams split the pair of seven-stanza sessions. But, the two games couldn't have been more different. In the first contest, Danville took a 4-3 nail biter.  In the nightcap, the Islanders prevailed, 18-11.  The only nail biting going on in that one came from the guy keeping the scoreboard, afraid he was going to run out of numbers.
  • Photo of the Week: Dawn breaks over the surf
      This summer's first Photo of the Week is actually three photos.  Jason Anderson, of Forest, submitted the above stunning image, which he made using a fine photographic eye and a technique called High Dynamic Range imaging.  In HDR, three (in this case) photos of the same scene are merged to give a more luminous image, drawing the best of the images.  
  • Big Island Post 217: Sweet and sour
      For a team with a lot of LCA guys on it, Big Island Post 217 didn't show a lot of love to the crew from Christiansburg. Big Island got its American Legion season off to a roar.  That roaring noise came from the bats of the 217ers.  Four homers were smacked, as Quentin Palmer (twice), Cameron Byrd and Hunter Johnson each tapped a tater. Keyton Elliot had a pair of doubles and single, while Gavin Porpora had a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs.