Today's News

  • Commentary: Welcome back


    It would appear that the Steroids Era is back from the grave.  

    But absent the fun that came with it.

    The Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun seems to be the latest Major League ball player who couldn't resist steroids' siren call.

    These days, big-name players are getting hit with big-time penalties.  Braun will sit out a 65-game stint, making him useless to the Brewers for the rest of the season.

  • The long drought is over

    It is as rain to the wilting crop; blankets to the winter sleeper; deep-dish pizza to NJ Governor Chris Christie.
    It is football to the crazed fans of our fair county.
    The three month pigskin potlatch, football fiesta and gridiron gorge-out gets underway for local squads this Friday.
    In fact, all three teams will be staying in the county for their openers.
    The marquee game, of course, features Staunton River heading to Liberty. The Eagles will attempt to top the Minutemen for the second time in three years.

  • House passes my bipartisan bill to protect jobs

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


  • The House has acted to suspend mandates in the president’s health care law 

    By Congressman Rober Hurt

  • Student success starts locally

    Nothing is more important to America’s future than ensuring a high-quality education for our nation's children.

  • People should learn: Live and let live

    I’m not about to get into a weeks-long back and forth about the Bible, Scripture, “fulfilling the law,” and other such religious stuff.
        I write about politics and government. My own religious beliefs are my personal business and I don’t see political activity as a religious crusade, as the “Christian conservatives” do.

  • The lynch mob mentality

        Being charged with a crime is never a good thing, but it could be especially bad for a black man 100 years ago. The biggest problem wasn’t that he could face racial bias from a jury when he had his day in court; it was possible that he wouldn’t even live long enough to have his day in court. He could end up being lynched, even if the crime he was accused of would not carry the death penalty if he had been convicted.

  • Welcome delay

    Sometimes you have to take what you can get.
        In the case of the Affordable Care Act, that means welcoming the delay, until 2015, for businesses with at least 50 “full-time” employees being forced to provide health insurance for their employees, or face fines.
        The businesses weren’t ready; neither was the federal government.
        And the truth is, politics won the day.

  • Gardner elected chairman of ROCIC Board

        This group likes to share; and sharing gets results.
        Now a local law enforcement officer is leading the way.
        Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office was elected 2013-2014 chairman of the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC) Board of Directors at its recent annual Summer Training Conference in Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Off to FloydFest

        Kooper Jodoin just graduated from Staunton River High School last month, but he’s already working on recording his first musical album. Every track consists of music that he composed.

        “I write music in my head before I play,” Jodoin said.
        Jodoin describes his compositions as “compulsive.”
        “It’s kind of hard, melodic rock,” he said, going on to say that it’s hard rock, but not heavy metal.