Today's News

  • Planing commission looks at flea markets

        Just what should a flea market be required to provide?
        That was on the mind of Bedford County’s planning commission last week as members wrestled with rules that govern flea markets.
        This discussion was a result of a question by Gregg Zody, the county’s new director of community development, asking why special use permits are required for flea markets in commercially zoned areas. Zody feels they should be a use-by-right in these zones.

  • A promise Kept: The Elks Home lights are on

        Last year, Mike Williams and Steve Orndorff, the new owners of the Elks National Home, promised to keep the Christmas lights on at the Elks home.

  • Perjury charge

    The special grand jury investigating the 1975 disappearance of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon met last week and at least one woman has been indicted, according to a story in The Washington Post.
        According to the Post article, 65-year-old Patricia Jean Welch, a Maryland resident, has been indicted for perjury. Patricia Welch is the wife of Richard Allen Welch who authorities named in October as a “person of interest” in the investigation of the abduction of the two girls who were last seen at a Wheaton, Maryland, shopping mall.

  • Parade ushers in the season

        In spite of Saturday’s intermittent rain, the Bedford Christmas Parade brought the sights and sounds of Christmas to Centertown.

  • Going to court

        James Youngblood wants Bedford County to honor its word—or pay up.
        But on Monday night, Bedford County’s supervisors voted to deny a warrant claim filed by  Youngblood.
        A tract of land was donated to Bedford County by Al Stroobants in 2002 for a park and the county acquired five acres of land across Youngblood's property to build a road to give access to the park.

  • Hitting the right note

        Band was always Musician First Class Allison (Flores) Fletcher’s favorite class while in middle and high school.

        Now she’s a member of the United States Navy Band, the premier musical organization of the United States Navy.
        As a student at Jefferson Forest High school, MU1 Fletcher participated in concert band and marching band, and was a member of a student flute duo and a woodwind quartet.

  • Nailing it


    As this is the season of giving, I'm more than happy to give something to you, valued reader.

    Oh, it's nothing that comes wrapped in shiny paper with a bow affixed to its top.

    But it is, nonetheless, quite valuable.  At least I believe it is.  It is the gift of unsolicited advice.

    To the point, it is unsolicited advice on what to add to your Christmas shopping list.


    Yes.  If you happen to have an athlete on your shopping list, I urge you to buy him or her a pair of flip-flops.

  • River and Forest both 'Rumble'


    There's a chill in the air.  Decorations are springing up around town.  Letters to Santa are being dutifully penned.

    That can only mean one thing:  The River Rumble!

    This past weekend's premier wrestling event had a couple of local schools shining like tinsel on the tree.

    Host Staunton River took second place, while Jefferson Forest nabbed third.

    Private-school powerhouse Liberty Christian Academy took the title.

    Team results

  • 'Tis the season


    By Mike Forster



    Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.


    The above quotation, often directed in a description of mail carriers, was equally apt this past Saturday.

    Neither gloomy skies nor rainy conditions could prevent nearly 400 couriers from the swift completion of their appointed trip 'round Bedford's famous Loop.

  • We must prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capability

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


    One of the gravest global threats that we as a nation face is the prospect of Iran gaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, and it must be the policy of the United States to do everything within its power to prevent this from happening.