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Today's News

  • Youth can make the difference

    When it comes to drug use in Bedford, youth can make the difference.

    This is the conclusion from a report about drug abuse student councils in colleges. This could also be applied to junior high schools and high schools.

  • Living the dream--local pitching star reflects on career

    Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle.

    When Bob Humphreys, of Bedford, reflects back on his professional baseball career, he recalls pitching to the likes of that trio of Hall of Famers, as well as many others.

    Humphreys' big league playing career began in 1962 and extended until 1970. During that period, Humphreys pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Senators and Milwaukee Brewers. During his time in St. Louis, he threw for the World Series champion Cardinal team of 1964.

  • A day in the life: Martinsville race day

    For Conor Murphy, taking a road trip to Martinsville Speedway last weekend with four of his friends from the University of Virginia business school was a last chance for them all to be together.

    In a couple of weeks they all graduate and head their separate ways. "We were close enough to come here," he said Sunday morning as the friends sat around the warmth of a fire. "It was one of those opportunities," he added, that just couldn't be passed up.

  • Commentary--Big bucks and red ink

    I used to take the position that a player deserves to make whatever the market will bear. If a team owner wants to pay $5 million a year for a second baseman with a career batting average of .240, that's his call.

    I figure that the fans and the sponsors are picking up the tab. It's a market decision. If you can afford forty bucks for a marginal seat at the ballpark, that's your call. If the good folks at Minute Maid want to shell out naming rights for the stadium in Houston, that's swell.

  • In the scrum--Local rugy player off to Nationals

    There's an old saying in England along the lines that soccer is a gentleman's game played by ruffians while rugby is a ruffian's game played by gentlemen.

    One of Bedford's gentlemen has taken to the game with a passion. Zac Bonheim is having a blast with the sport, which he jumped into upon his matriculation at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

  • Fitness with a personal touch

    A new business has opened at in the Smith Mountain Lake area that offers a personal touch to fitness.

    "It's our passion," commented Dwight Ward who, with Rob Jordan, opened Smith Mountain Lake Wellness and Fitness this month.

    The business, located on U. S. 122, a short distance from Hales Ford Bridge on the Bedford County side of the lake, offers personal fitness training. The goal is to help people develop healthy lifestyles.

  • Run over by The Bus

    Sebastiano Stia has been run over by "The Bus."

    Stia currently lives on Scruggs Road on the Franklin County side of Smith Mountain Lake. A few years ago, he was working on a freelance photo assignment which took him to a Pittsburgh Steelers-Philadelphia Eagles game. This work gets a man on the sidelines of pro football games. A sports photographer needs to be alert and quick as more than getting good shots is at stake. At one point during this game, Stia was just not quick enough.

    "Jerome Bettis is running with the ball," Stia recalled.

  • U.S. deaths in Iraq pass 4,000

    Iraq war death number 4,000 happened as a result of a roadside bomb, which has been a typical way our troops have died in that war.

    As we reached this dubious milestone in a war that seemingly has no end, the USA Today newspaper made a commendable effort to put names and details on the numbers.

    It reported, for example, that more than half (52 percent) of the 4,000 U.S. deaths were from bombs. Only 16 percent died by enemy gunfire.

  • China's good sportsmanship

    It appears that China may be trying to invent a new Olympic sport. What would we call it? The Tibetan head-bashing marathon?

    Actually, what has been going on has nothing to do with the games. It is, however, a source of embarrassment for the Chinese government, which is hoping that the Olympics will give them the chance for some positive PR. The news, at least what we are getting, about the situation is not the sort of publicity they want.

  • The rhetoric is getting louder for Clinton to step aside

    The calls for Hillary Clinton to gracefully bow out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president grow louder each day. She should ignore the clamor.

    Yes, Clinton is trailing Barack Obama in pledged delegates by a considerable margin. Yes, she's also losing the popular vote. But, truth be told, she's only one Obama misstep away from the tide turning in her favor.