Today's News

  • Local farm's alpacas have annual shearing

    John and Cynthia Ferrante have some friends from South America living with them. They’re wooly, friendly and have faces like little camels.

        The Ferrantes raise alpacas on their farm, Otter Peaks Alpacas, in Thaxton. Alpacas are a species of camelid, the family of animals to which camels and llamas belong. Alpacas are domestic animals that have been raised in the Andes mountains for millennia, bred specifically for their thick wool. In the Andes, they graze at altitudes of between 13,000 and 15,000 feet.

  • ABC agents raid Bedford Moose Lodge

    Bedford  Moose Lodge 1897 officials were not commenting this week about a raid at the lodge by agents with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Thursday.

        State agents seized what they allege to be illegal video gaming machines and thousands of dollars from Moose lodges in Bedford and Altavista. Agents with ABC raided the two lodges simultaneously last week after an investigation of more than two months, according to Chris Goodman, agent in charge of the ABC’s Roanoke office. He said a tip led to the investigation.

  • Team effort

    The night before his closing argument was the hardest for Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance to sleep during Wesley Earnest's trial.

        He had spent the previous two weeks making his case before a Bedford County Circuit Court jury that Earnest had killed his estranged wife on Dec. 19, 2007, and had spent more than two years prior up to the trial heading up the prosecution of that case.

        Now it was time to put the case in the jury’s hands.

  • Words are cheap, so don’t expect Congress to participate

    Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte is hoping to reform the often abused earmark process that dominates wasteful spending in Washington, D.C.

        Good luck with that.

        If the healthcare legislation fiasco of this past year taught this nation anything, it’s this – anyone can be bought if the price is right.

  • Letters

    New health reform law

        The debate over a new healthcare reform plan that has been waged for over a year has finally resulted in a law.

        Unfortunately the end of this debate did not yield bi-partisan results, and the law currently going forward will not likely survive the Supreme Court. There are a few reasons I do not support this final law, which are, among others:

  • Bill increases aid for post-high school education

    One of my top priorities in Congress has been increasing access to quality, affordable education. To make our region competitive in the global economy, we must invest in our workforce, starting with pre-K and continuing through college and community college. That’s why I was proud to support the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which was included in the health care reconciliation bill that was signed into law on March 30, 2010. This measure will make college more affordable and at no cost to taxpayers by making common-sense reforms to the federal student loan system.

  • Putting Americans back to work

    More than 7 million jobs have been lost in the last three years and over 3 million of those jobs have been lost since the President signed the so-called stimulus plan into law last year.  Unfortunately, these are numbers that the American people are all too familiar with and yet the Congress continues to pursue an agenda that will further threaten American job creators.  While Americans are asking “Where are the jobs?”, the Majority in Congress continues to demonstrate that they do not understand the priorities of our constituents or appreciate how private sector

  • Moochers & looters or haves & have nots?

        Radio talk show personality Neil Boortz is popular with conservatives, especially those who consider themselves libertarians and/or independents.

        While Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh are obvious mouthpieces for the Republican Party, Boortz doesn’t play the party line.

  • Maybe it would be better to do nothing

        It looks like nobody is too keen on immigration reform, even the “Democrats.” Earlier this month, shortly after Senator Charles Schumer brought up the subject at a news conference, Senator Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, quickly said that it wouldn’t be addressed during this Senate work session. He didn’t offer an idea of when the “Democrats” would bring it up.

  • Back in the swing of things

    Less than two weeks after Staunton River upset Jefferson Forest on the Cav home diamond, the Golden Eagles were upended on their own turf.