Today's News

  • Elks National Home lighting ceremony set for Dec. 10

    Visiting the Elks National Home during the Christmas season to view the extensive outdoor display has become an annual tradition for many families. The Home  enjoys providing this holiday gift to the public.     

        Executive Director, Dr. Ronald L. Plamondon, has announced that the official lighting of the display will take place on Friday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the Home’s dining room.

  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

        Bedford’s annual “Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony” will be held on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m., in the Centertown Park, at the corner of Main and Bridge streets.  Santa will light up the tree on this occasion that marks the beginning of the Christmas season here in Bedford, the Christmas Capital of Virginia.

  • Church news (week of Nov. 24, 2010)


    BUMC to present 'Christmas Cantata'
        Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta will present a special Christmas Cantata “A Thrill of Hope,” by Joel Raney, Sunday, Dec. 5 at three different times:  8:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Robert Downey is choir director.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Nov. 24, 2010)

    Sign-ups and notices

        For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    Model train display

  • Cybersecurity is critical to our national security

    This week the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued their annual report to Congress.  The report, which details all aspects of the relationship between the United States and China, contained disturbing but not unsuspected revelations that the Chinese government is behind the numerous computer hacking incidents involving many U.S. government and military sites.

  • From the left: A Happy Thanksgiving!

        Well, they’ve done it again. If you’ve been in any stores or restaurants lately, you’ve noticed that Christmas decorations have sprang up like those weird plants that floated to the Earth in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

        You can hardly find a display of a pilgrim or a turkey what with all the Santas and snowmen that are suddenly everywhere. Thanksgiving has again been dissed in a big way by the Great Commercial God we know as Christmas.

  • Sports Commentary: Harvest isn't just for the hunters

      I’m both strongly in favor of hunting and strongly opposed to it.

    I’m in favor of it, when it serves to put food on our tables or to ensure proper herd management.  It’s best when it does both.

  • Keep the two-term limit for presidents

  • JF Netters' dreams dashed

      Well, we didn’t see that one coming.

    Jefferson Forest saw its spectacular volleyball season come to a close, as Cave Spring topped the Lady Cavs on their home court.

  • Shop local first

    This season Centertown businesses will be staying open late as part of the Christmas holiday festivities. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you haven’t already shopped locally, this is a good time to start.     

        Buying local is more than a nice slogan.