Today's News

  • Washington must stop spending money we don’t have

    Last week marked a regrettable milestone for our nation. For the first time in American history the national debt surpassed $16 trillion. That is equal to nearly $51,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States.  Not only is this staggering figure another jarring reminder of the cost of the Obama Administration’s failed policies, it also has serious implications for the future of our country.

  • Tips for safe cooking

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
        Did you know that fires originating in the kitchen are the leading cause of accidental fires in homes? 
        Often fires that occur in the kitchen are caused when cooking with oil and grease and the product becomes to hot igniting items on the burner or in the oven.  Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue would like you to know a few safety tips to keep your family safe when cooking.

  • Obama’s most potent weapon: Bill Clinton

    Some people thought President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention fell a little flat, a fine statement for his re-election but lacking the usual sizzle.
        Actually, there was only one thing wrong with Obama’s speech: He had to follow the brilliant remarks of the greatest political talent of our time: William Jefferson Clinton.

  • The security threats we face

        Our next president is going to face some serious international problems over the next four years. We will ignore these at our peril.
        Russia will not be one of these, in spite of Russian President (or is it Tsar?) Vladimir Putin’s apparent determination to be a huge pain in the butt. The reason for this is that Russia simply does not have the economic resources to allow Tsar Vladimir I to be the global player he wants to be. At least, Russia is no match for the United States’ capacity for global influence.

  • New London Airport to hold 43rd Fly In

        The New London Airport will hold its 43rd Annual Down-Home Fly In on Sunday from 8 a.m.  until everybody gets tired and goes home. You can fly into the airport, or you can drive there by turning south onto Va. 811, off U. S. 460, opposite New London Academy.

        The day begins with breakfast, from 8 to 10 a.m. which, according to Tom Richardson, a pilot, will consist of pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits and “maybe grits.”
        Lunch starts at noon and features hamburgers and hot dogs.

  • Controversy over zoning ordinance continues

        A controversy surrounding the Bedford County Board of Supervisors’ decision to revise, rather than replace, the existing zoning ordinance continues.
        Last month District 2 planning commission member Lynn Barnes resigned, sharply criticizing the board of supervisors in his resignation statement. Monday night, District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker responded to Barnes, reading from a prepared statement.

  • Vandals steal fish fry signs

        Otterville United Methodist Church holds a fish fry twice each year, something that it’s been doing for the last 40 years. Its second fish fry of 2012 will be held this Saturday, Sept. 15 and is still on schedule despite the absence of the usual signs that advertise the event.

  • Watching out for businesses

        The Bedford Police Department has implemented a new Business Watch group to help reduce and prevent crimes in area businesses.
        The goal is to help business owners and merchants identify what they can do to create a safer, more secure environment for their business.
        According to Lt. Todd Foreman with the BPD, by working together businesses can reduce, resolve or avoid some problems altogether. He said the possibility of identifying and arresting criminals increases as more people become involved.

  • In-car driver’s ed training change considered by BCPS

        Instead of ending its in-car driver training program, Bedford County Public Schools is considering modifying the program in order to be able to provide it in the future.
        Last month the School Board heard a proposal to stop providing the in-car training through the school system, but after consulting staff, other school divisions and members of the community, a different approach has been suggested.

  • Forest man to serve 15 years for child porn convictions

        A Forest man will spend 15 years in prison for possessing and reproducing child pornography.
        Gregory Winston Robertson, 44, was sentenced on 25 felony counts—15 possession of child pornography and 10 counts of reproducing it—during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court last Tuesday. He had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.