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Today's News

  • Road closed this week

    Please be advised that 4th Street between Macon Street and West Main Street in the City of Bedford will be closed to all traffic beginning at 7:00 AM on August 4, 2008 until August 8th, 2008 to install a new storm water drainage pipe. Detours will be established using Summit Street and Macon Street.

  • Obama will restore America's reputation

    On his recent trip abroad, Sen. Barack Obama saw evidence of the fact that our European allies, like most Americans, want our next president to offer a change of direction.

    After touring Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands of people, many of them young, in Berlin, Germany. He reminded his audience of the long ties between the U.S. and Europe. He knew he was speaking before a crowd that has recently seen the U.S. as a swaggering, arrogant power that, under Bush and Cheney, thumbs its nose at the world.

  • Letters

    Why not have parade in the afternoon?

    In reading about the dispute on when to have the Christmas parade in Bedford, I wondered why it couldn't be held in the afternoon as it was done for decades.

    If I remember correctly, it was changed to the morning because of a conflict that year with a Liberty High championship to be held that afternoon. After that year, it was as if no one realized that the parade could be held in the afternoon as usual.

  • The American Energy Act

    Not a day goes by when I am not asked about rising energy prices. These increased costs affect everyone. A large number of factors have combined to put pressure on energy and gasoline prices, including diminishing U.S. oil production, increased world demand for crude oil, and U.S. refinery capacity that is inadequate to supply gasoline to a recovering national economy. These are serious problems that will not go away with time, and they require real solutions that will restore American energy independence and help ease the pain of record cost fill-up.

  • Keep Your Pets Safe

    Many of us are pet lovers.

    Calculations using national averages supplied by the Humane Society of the United States stated there are an estimated 16,387 dogs, 17,543 cats, 3063 birds, 2,363 horses, 1,263 pocket pets and 975 reptiles in the Bedford Community. But our animals are often the last members of our families that we plan for when facing an emergency.

  • Christmas Classic is not to blame

    Josh Raines doesn’t strike me as a grinch.

    Raines, race director of the YMCA Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic, was surprised that his race was being pointed to as the primary reason for the movement of Bedford’s annual Christmas parade into the evening.

    The parade, which has been held on the first Saturday of December, has a start time of 11 a.m.

  • Redefining Christianity for political gain

    I read an interesting article in Thursday's Wall Street Journal. It was at the bottom of Page 6 of the July 24 edition. It was only four paragraph's long but the head "Christian PAC to Run Obama Ads" caught my attention.

    The PAC calls itself "The Matthew 25 Network" and the article states that it "is a consortium of Christian faith leaders and activists working to elect more Democrats to office who share the same 'biblical and gospel values'."

  • When it comes to energy, this nation's leaders must be willing to act

    How should the United States address the current energy crisis?

  • New London cannery opens its doors for the season

    The New London Cannery kicked off the canning season with an open house last week.

    Located behind New London Academy, the cannery is designed to help people with large gardens to produce in quantity. Gardeners canning in quantity can get the whole job done in one morning.

    You buy your cans when you come in. These are regular tin cans, like you see on store shelves. The big difference is that when you're done, you know exactly what's in them because you put it there.

  • New substation will meet Forest needs

    Bedford County's supervisors gave a new American Electric Power (AEP) substation in the Forest area their unanimous approval.

    Called the Coffee Substation, it will be located on an 11 acre site on Old Farm Road, near Coffee Road. An existing 138,000 volt transmission line, which George Clemo, an attorney representing AEP, said had been there since the 1920s, crosses one side of the parcel. The towers on this line are 115 feet tall.