Today's News

  • Beware of dog, indeed

    Scott “Cujo” Sigmon provided the exclamation point to a beautiful card of boxing.

    Following a prolonged absence from the area, the sport returned with a flourish, as Sigmon outfought Toris “The Bull” Brewer in the eight-round main event.

  • Heart, not thunder-Commentary

    Scott Sigmon was certainly impressive in his eight-round victory Saturday night.

    I believe his efforts leading up to the fight were even more notable.

  • JF diamondmen knock off Liberty, Staunton River

    While things are far from settled, one thing is clear:  the road to a Seminole District championship runs through the Forest baseball diamond.

  • This stadium food is to die for

    Banking, baseball and bingeing have come together in a bulging beef behemoth.

    Behold the Fifth Third Burger, named for the Fifth Third Bank.

  • Another Bedford Boy is lost

    Some 30 young men from Bedford landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, as part of the great amphibious assault that would mark the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Third Reich. By day's end 21 of them would be dead, 19 killed in the opening minutes of the landing.

        Sunday, the last of those men who landed that morning, and lived to tell about it, passed away. Elisha Ray Nance, who would have turned 95 on June 26, was the company’s second in command on that cold June morning.

  • Area legislators look back on session

    Delegate Lacey Putney noted, Tuesday morning, that Virginia is facing the most serious economic situation he has seen since he first went to the House of Delegates.

        “What it was like in the Great Depression, I don’t know,” he added. “I didn’t go until the next year.”

  • Crash clips utility pole

        A single car accident late Friday afternoon clipped off a utility pole and blocked traffic on U. S. 460 west of Bedford.

        According to state police, Anna Holland, 45, of Bedford was driving west on U. S. 460 in a 2000 VW Beetle when she ran off the right side of the road. She hit a drain culvert, overturned and struck a utility pole. She was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital with injuries that did not appear life threatening. Holland was wearing her seatbelt and state police say that the belt saved her life.

  • From SML to Iraq

    Debra Weir’s tenure with the Franklin County tourism department has been filled with helping plan for bass fishing tournaments.

        In 2006, shortly after joining the county’s staff, she helped plan for the Northern Open tournament held in October of that year. Then, in 2007, Weir served as chairman of Bassmasters’ first Elite tournament stop held at Smith Mountain Lake that June. This year she’s once again in the thick of planning for the return visit of the Elite series to the area.

  • Man flees from police

    Bedford Police continued this week to search for a 31-year-old man who fled from police following a traffic stop Friday to serve warrants on him.

        As a result, late Friday afternoon a warrant for the attempted capital murder of a police officer was issued for Brian Aubrey Burnette. The warrant is a result of the stop made by Investigator Tim Stanley about 2 p.m. Friday. According to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day, Burnette fled from Stanley in a vehicle, a van, injuring Stanley in the process. The van belonged to Burnette’s father, Day said.

  • Common sense?

        Has anyone seen common sense lately? Apparently it has vanished off the planet, especially from this country. Every day common sense becomes scarcer as we lay to rest the folks that grew up hard during the great depression and survived WWII. Most of their offspring will believe any propaganda that comes across the tube. The sad thing is that the more education they have the easier they’re brainwashed.