Today's News

  • Protecting taxpayers in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


    This past week the Department of Labor released a very disappointing jobs report for the month of June. Our national unemployment rate rose to an unacceptable 9.2 percent and only 18,000 jobs were created.

  • We must balance the federal budget

  • Are we in permanent decline?

        I saw a bumper sticker the other day that truly surprised me: The word “America” was emblazoned across the top in all caps with a little message underneath.

        Before I could read the rest, I expected it to be the usual patriotic bombast that you generally see. Instead, it said: “America: Sure was Great While it Lasted.”

  • More thoughts on our debt ceiling

        The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a bright, cheerful celebration with fireworks and such, but it marks the beginning of American independence. It didn’t come easy. The men who signed that document knew they were signing their death warrant if they were captured, but, after a long, difficult struggle, we emerged as a sovereign nation.

  • Sedalia has the blues

        Sedalia Center had the blues, Saturday, and they were quite happy about it. Their annual Blues Festival brought 750 people through the gate on a hot, humid summer day. The festival has been held at Sedalia since 2001.

  • Boy Scout builds ramp for VFW Post

    Erik Smith, of Goode, will soon be the 45th Eagle Scout in the history of Lynchburg’s Troop 45.

        Smith, who just turned 14, built a handicapped access ramp for Bedford’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post. The post is attached to the Bedford’s National Guard armory.
        “The city building inspector was pretty impressed,” commented Bob Smith, a member of the post.

  • 309 Winery promises fun, food and wine

     Peggy Overstreet and Scott Taylor promise fun, food and wine at 309 Winery. The new business opened its doors at the end of April in the historic Wharton Cottage, located at 309 North Bridge Street.

        It’s an eclectic business: You can buy wine and beer there; you can buy Gross’ Orchard products; you can buy local art and locally made jewelry.
        “We are trying to do everything local,” Overstreet said,

  • Horse & Hound Wine Festival biggest ever

        The seventh annual Horse & Hound Wine Festival, held last Saturday at Johnson’s Orchard, was the largest ever. It featured 100 vendors and nine wineries. Nancy Johnson, who along with her husband, Danny, owns the orchard, estimated the crowd at 4,500. That’s people. A large number of these folks brought dogs with them. Canine visitors ranged from diminutive Yorkshire Terriers to Great Danes weighing in at 135 pounds. Cintas was there with a truck dispensing cold wet towels, most of which were being applied to people’s four-legged friends.

  • Jefferson Villas residents caught in middle between PSA and supervisors' past decision

    Who’s fault is it that trees were planted over a Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) waterline at Jefferson Villas in Forest?

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors discussed this issue when District 4 Supervisor John Sharp brought it up at the end of Monday night’s meeting. Jefferson Villas is in his district.

  • An opportunity to do something meaningful

        Ellissa Bowen, of Forest, and her husband came to the Bedford area five years ago from the Washington D. C. area. Bowen had given up her professional career to be a full-time mother for her two children.    

        “We moved to Forest because we wanted to run away from D. C.,” she commented.