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Today's News

  • Play is living history

    Robert Carson has a deep interest in theater. In addition to acting, he's written plays for his church, Antioch Baptist.

    This year, he's writing a play called "Journey" for another church. The church wanted to do something different for Black History Month and Carson wrote a play in which a 100-year-old man takes the audience on a journey through the civil rights movement. It's history presented in dramatic format.

  • Steptoe portrait returns to Courthouse

    Some dream of exotic vacations; others dream of meeting the queen.

    For many years local appraiser, Elizabeth Gladwell dreamed of Jemmie Steptoe. For those unfamiliar with Bedford County's earlier years, James Steptoe (nicknamed Jemmie) was the first Clerk of Bedford County Circuit Court. This was a position he held from 1772 through 1826.

  • Man in U.S. illegally, convicted of sexual battery

    BEDFORD, Va. — An El Salvador man, living in the United States illegally, was convicted Tuesday of aggravated sexual battery against an 8-year-old girl for an incident that occurred at the Goodwill Store on Forest Road in Bedford County.

  • Artists display work at the Electric Company

    "This is a big milestone for all of us," commented Pattie Siehien as she cut a ribbon the building that served as the Bedford Electric Department's home for a century.

    The Depot Street building is now home to two dog related business, Paw Wash and Pawcasso. It also houses the Artisan Cafe, open for lunch, and 13 crazy artists. Actually, they aren't crazy. When Siehien held her grand opening this month, she billed the event as "Meet the Crazy Artists" and some of them were on hand to talk to the public. They all live in the Bedford area.

  • Commentary - Super Bowl party characters

    In my XLVII years on this planet, I've been invited to (and asked to leave) many Super Bowl parties. I feel I've developed a sense of what kind of people you might encounter at such fests. Therefore, if you're hosting a Super Bowl party, you might want to keep these guidelines in mind when crafting your invitation list.

    The fan: Only interested in the game. Wants to make conversation during the commercials and halftime show.

    The anti-fan. Only interested in the commercials and halftime show. Wants to make conversation during the game.

  • Crunch time for gals

    All three county teams enter this week with a lot on the line: Staunton River aims at unseating Brookville; Forest looks to snag the final home seed from Rustburg; and Liberty wants to avoid finishing in the basement by keeping Amherst there.

    All three squads are on the road. Staunton River faces the Bees for the third time, having lost in the Byrd Invitational and at home in the regular season. While Brittany Campbell has been a thorn in the Eagle side, it has been Joyous Tharrington that has provided the stake in the heart in those two losses. Neutralizing her will be key.

  • Minutemen run with big dogs

    Liberty leveraged its size, agility and quickness in completing a regular season sweep over Staunton River. This time, the visiting Minutemen won 71-48.

    The Minutemen are only a victory over Forest away from taking the informal county crown.

    Golden Eagle senior Mike Lynch put on a fine shooting display, nailing six three-pointers in leading all scorers with 18 points. Liberty's Martrey Stevens nearly matched Lynch as he hit three treys in picking up 17 points.

  • Forest pesters Bees before rollicking home crowd

    The law of averages finally caught up with the lads from Forest.

    Playing Brookville on even terms throughout the first quarters of their matchup, the Cavs developed a collective cold shooting hand in the fourth stanza and fell to the Bees by the score of 48-33.

    "On this night (Brookville) was too much," said Cav Head Coach Paul Smith. "It was a matter of them playing well, not us playing poorly."

  • Legislation will protect employers from government harassment

    Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to ensure that an employer may require employees to speak English in the workplace. I am one of the sponsors of H. R. 4464.

  • Economic crisis needs a deeper debate

    All Republicans needed was yet another election year issue that won’t play out very well for them. They’ll already have to defend the war in Iraq, and many of the other failures and problems brought to us by George W. Bush.

    But now, they’ve got the economy, too. Since they’ve controlled the White House and both houses of Congress for the great majority of the last eight years, they’ll be held accountable if the economy slips into a recession.