Today's News

  • Austin is part of 3-way race for 19th House District seat

        “I feel pretty good about it,” Austin said about securing the Republican nomination for the 19th House of Delegates district. He made a particularly strong showing in Botetourt County.

  • D-Day veterans show up for 69th observance

        June 6, 2013, the 69th anniversary of D-Day included authentic weather. Instead of the usual Virginia June heat and humidity that accompanies these anniversary observances at the National D-Day Memorial, it was cool and a low overcast sky poured buckets of rain.

  • French government says 'Thank you' to American veterans

        Bernard Marie has hosted a D-Day/World War II dinner every year for 29 years on the anniversary of D-Day. The number of living veterans dwindles and the men are getting increasingly frail. Nevertheless 310 people packed the dining room at Roanoke’s Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center Thursday evening.

  • Man faces six years in prison for relationship with 14-year-old

        A 29-year-old Lynchburg man pleaded guilty Friday to seven felonies related to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
        Cody Austin McKay received an 18 year sentence—having an active prison term of 6 years, 10 months to serve of that sentence—for five convictions of carnal knowledge of a minor and two charges of possessing child pornography. Those charges relate to sexually explicit images of the girl McKay had on his cellphone when he was arrested.

  • Supervisors not interested in joining regional library study

    Bedford County will not be joining Lynchburg and Campbell County in a study to determine what savings a regional library system would bring.

  • Moose to light up the skies

        The city of Bedford won’t be sponsoring Fourth of July fireworks, but there will be fireworks here after all.
        They just won’t be on July 4.
        According to Andy Dooley, the lodge administrator at the Bedford Moose Lodge, the Moose will sponsor fireworks on July 5.
        Why July 5?
        Dooley said that if you want fireworks on July 4, you have to book a company early. Everybody was all booked up for July 4 at this late date.

  • Forest convenience store robbed

    At 10:05 p.m. Monday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest reporting a robbery.

    According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, the caller stated that a black male with black framed glasses, carrying a gray sweater and wearing jeans and a black T-shirt entered the store. He threatened the clerk and demanded money. After getting the money, the suspect left on foot and ran towards Graves Mill Road behind the store, the BCSO report stated.

  • A message for our graduates: Seek opportunity

    A wise man named Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  As high school and college students across the Sixth District don caps and gowns, walk across the stage, and accept a diploma, we are reminded of the great opportunities fostered by education and hard work. 


  • Military scandals must be addressed

    His attorney announced last week that U.S. Army staff sergeant Robert Bales will plead guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, most of them children, in order to avoid the death penalty.
        The attack, the worst U.S. atrocity of the long occupation of Afghanistan, happened in March of 2012, when Bales left his base on two separate occasions to carry out the murders.

  • How long can we get away with it?

        A couple of weeks ago I read a news article about a hand-written letter that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, sent to China’s President Xi Jinping. The letter was hand delivered by a high-ranking North Korean army officer who wore a “Mao suit” instead of a military uniform. The exact contents of the letter are unknown, but the article stated that it was part of an effort by North Korea to build better ties with China.