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Today's News

  • Big Island man faces up to 13 life sentences

    A Big Island man faces up to 13 life sentences after entering pleas Tuesday for having sexual acts with six children, some younger than 6 years old.

    Gregory D. Burton, 36, entered Alford pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court for 13 counts of forcible sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery. An Alford plea, which carries the same effect as a guilty plea, means Burton does not admit his guilt, but feels the plea is in his best interest.

  • Earnest's next court date set for October

    The murder trial of a Moneta man accused of killing his wife last December in Forest likely won't be held until 2009.

    Wesley Brian Earnest, 38, has been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, in connection with the Dec. 19 death of his estranged wife Jocelyn Earnest at her home.

    Earnest had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, but that court appearance was continued until October. That court date will likely be used to argue pretrial motions in the case with the actual trial set for a later date.

  • Love and golf - comentary

    I was thrilled to see Padraig Harrington win the British Open last weekend.

    The fact that Harrington is an Irishman was only partially responsible for my happiness.

    Chiefly, I was happy because Harrington was able to overtake Greg Norman, and ruin the story-within-a-story of Norman's honeymoon.

    For those of you who haven't heard about this, I offer the Cliffs Notes version of the tale, forthwith: Norman gets married and honeymoons in Scotland. While there, he plays in the British Open, nearly winning it.

  • Future Eagle booters in camp

    Last week's camp showed that soccer is becoming a more popular pursuit in the southern part of Bedford County, and that the feeder pipe into Staunton River High School is filled with promising players.

    The week-long camp placed an emphasis on fundamentals but seemed to do so in a way that made the learning fun for the 40 campers that attended the camp, which was held at the high school. The instruction was aimed at the 6-11 year old range of players.

  • HOOPS Kids keeps basketball heated up

    While the sounds that punctuate summertime are typically those of the "ping" of bat on a ball or the "punt" of shoe leather on a soccer ball, another sound resonated in Bedford last week: The "boing?"of a basketball on pavement.

    Players of varying ages and talent showed up at the HOOPS Kids camp, at the Edmund Street Park in Bedford City. "Idle time is the biggest problem we have for our kids," said Camp Director Jerome Battle. "The purpose of the camp is to get the kids something to do, first and foremost."

  • Letters

    Unreconstructed In Bedford

    I have subscribed to the Bedford paper for approximately 20 years, even while I was overseas in the military. I've read the letters to the editor with delight and sometimes discontent. This is the first time I've been compelled to write in all that time.

    It appears that everything that begins with "C" is under a constant barrage of attack by the liberal left. If it's Confederate, Christian, or Conservative it must be obliterated from society. This smells of P.C. (political cowardice) to the infinite degree.

  • International cooperation is critical to stopping the genocide in Darfur

    Last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the permanent war crimes tribunal located in the Netherlands, indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, marking the first time charges have been brought against a sitting head of state. Bashir is being charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. A total of ten charges have been filed against the Sudanese dictator and now they will be reviewed by a panel of ICC judges to determine whether an arrest warrant for Bashir will be issued. This decision is expected in the next two months.

  • Drill Now Act would end offshore drilling moratorium

    The main thing preventing the United States from drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico is the majority leadership of the House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate.

  • Obama won’t hesitate to end the war

    Recently, Sen. Barack Obama made some innocent remarks about his policy regarding the Iraq war in anticipation of a planned visit there. While the senator indicated that developments in the country might possibly affect his withdrawal timetable, he had certainly not changed his policy in any important way.

    The McCain campaign was quick to say that Obama was suddenly seeing things their way, that he had “flip-flopped” and was not reliable on the war, foreign policy, etc., etc. But they were wrong.

  • What are esential services?

    It always amazes me that government spends so much money on essential services that it doesn’t have money for essential services. Take sidewalks in Bedford, for example.