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Today's News

  • Another Bedford Boy is lost

    Some 30 young men from Bedford landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, as part of the great amphibious assault that would mark the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Third Reich. By day's end 21 of them would be dead, 19 killed in the opening minutes of the landing.

        Sunday, the last of those men who landed that morning, and lived to tell about it, passed away. Elisha Ray Nance, who would have turned 95 on June 26, was the company’s second in command on that cold June morning.

  • Area legislators look back on session

    Delegate Lacey Putney noted, Tuesday morning, that Virginia is facing the most serious economic situation he has seen since he first went to the House of Delegates.

        “What it was like in the Great Depression, I don’t know,” he added. “I didn’t go until the next year.”

  • Crash clips utility pole

        A single car accident late Friday afternoon clipped off a utility pole and blocked traffic on U. S. 460 west of Bedford.

        According to state police, Anna Holland, 45, of Bedford was driving west on U. S. 460 in a 2000 VW Beetle when she ran off the right side of the road. She hit a drain culvert, overturned and struck a utility pole. She was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital with injuries that did not appear life threatening. Holland was wearing her seatbelt and state police say that the belt saved her life.

  • From SML to Iraq

    Debra Weir’s tenure with the Franklin County tourism department has been filled with helping plan for bass fishing tournaments.

        In 2006, shortly after joining the county’s staff, she helped plan for the Northern Open tournament held in October of that year. Then, in 2007, Weir served as chairman of Bassmasters’ first Elite tournament stop held at Smith Mountain Lake that June. This year she’s once again in the thick of planning for the return visit of the Elite series to the area.

  • Man flees from police

    Bedford Police continued this week to search for a 31-year-old man who fled from police following a traffic stop Friday to serve warrants on him.

        As a result, late Friday afternoon a warrant for the attempted capital murder of a police officer was issued for Brian Aubrey Burnette. The warrant is a result of the stop made by Investigator Tim Stanley about 2 p.m. Friday. According to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day, Burnette fled from Stanley in a vehicle, a van, injuring Stanley in the process. The van belonged to Burnette’s father, Day said.

  • Common sense?

        Has anyone seen common sense lately? Apparently it has vanished off the planet, especially from this country. Every day common sense becomes scarcer as we lay to rest the folks that grew up hard during the great depression and survived WWII. Most of their offspring will believe any propaganda that comes across the tube. The sad thing is that the more education they have the easier they’re brainwashed.

  • Remembering their service

    In less than two months veterans of D-Day from all around the nation are expected to come to Bedford to participate in the 65th anniversary of D-Day gathering scheduled to be held in June. The event is expected to draw thousands and will likely be the last large-scale observance of the anniversary of D-Day. The event, sadly, will be one man short with the passing this week of Ray Nance.

  • Perriello's first bill signed into law

    Last Thursday marked my 100th day as your U.S. Congressman, and I’d like to report back on some of the successes of this first 100 days and what more remains to be done. While the extraordinary times we face have demanded some extraordinary measures, like the recovery bill, I believe we have laid a strong foundation for economic recovery and fought successfully for the priorities for Virginia's working families.

  • Americans call on Washington to be fiscally responsible

    Just a few days ago millions of Americans from across this great country joined together to participate in taxpayer tea parties.  These gatherings were an opportunity for everyone to express their frustration and disdain for our broken tax code and the out-of-control government spending currently taking place in Washington.

  • Tax day “tea parties” make splash

        Tax Day 2009 had a new feature this year: so-called tax day tea parties, where people showed up to replicate the old Boston Tea Party and express their opposition to, well, paying taxes, I guess.

        Held in cities all across the country, including Roanoke, participants bemoaned the Obama stimulus package, the various government bailouts, and of course, the Internal Revenue Service, everyone’s least favorite government agency.