Today's News

  • The perils of bipartisanship

        It’s hip to be “bipartisan.” It has been for quite some time now. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

        During his successful run for the presidency, Barack Obama got a lot of mileage out of talking about both parties “working together,” politicians in Washington abandoning their “old ways” and “getting things done” for the American people.

  • Mr. Magoo climbs a ladder

        I am not fond of ladders and an experience last month didn’t help matters.

        It was a beautiful sunny Saturday and I decided that it was a perfect day to take care of a task that I had been procrastinating on for several months. Maybe I should have procrastinated a bit longer as I just got new glasses the day before and this task involved a ladder.

  • Tanner crisp in win over Staunton River

    In a game that was billed as a matchup between a pair of top Seminole District pitchers, only one was able to stick around long enough to really show off his stuff.

  • Lawhorn, Burnette pace Lady Eagles

    There were plenty of new faces on the Liberty side of the diamond.

  • Commentary: Railbirds

    A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit my older brother, Danny, in Philadelphia.  While there, we visited Chester Downs, which is just outside the City of Brotherly Love..

  • Investigation focuses on Hardy fire chief

        The volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company has been the target of a four-month investigation by the Virginia State Police for the possible mismanagement of department funds.

        Bedford County Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Jones said Hardy Fire Chief Jeffrey Lee Shifflett has been placed on administrative leave from the department.

  • EMT students earn state honor

    One of the programs that Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) offers won honors recently in a statewide competition.

        According to Marci Stone, who teaches the emergency medical technician (EMT) basic course, a team consisting of Katie Altman, Jake East, Kendall Graham and Taylor Neas placed first in the statewide EMT competition held in Williamsburg from Feb. 28 through March 1. The competitors came from various Virginia schools with an EMT program similar to BSTC’s.

  • Two local educators step into a new role

    Many times, children suffer from the problems that adults in their lives have. They may be victims of abuse or neglect. They may become collateral damage in domestic warfare between parents.

        When these situations land in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, in Virginia, a group of volunteers get involved. Called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), these volunteers, who have been trained and sworn an oath before a judge, gather information and make a report to the judge. Their job is to be advocates for the children’s best interest.

  • Fire department fundraiser under way

    The fundraising letter you got in the mail last week from the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department is a reminder that taxpayer money does not pay all the fire department’s costs.

  • Perriello meets with Veterans Advisory Board, local residents

        Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello made his way through Bedford County last weekend visiting with area residents during a town hall meeting in Moneta Friday and with his newly formed Veterans Advisory Board on Saturday.

        “The best way to serve our veterans is to be listening to them,” Perriello said during a press conference Saturday at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. He stressed that the advisory board wasn’t about partisanship or politics. He said the goal is to have it stand as a voice for veterans in Washington.