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Today's News

  • USDA helps volunteer fire department

    Saunders Volunteer Fire Department members would have had to cook up a lot of chickens to pay the $226,000 that their new tank truck cost. Fortunately, county money and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reduced the amount that they have to raise.

    The new truck, with a 3,000 gallon capacity replaces a 31-year-old truck with a capacity of a little more than two-thirds of that. What’s more, the old truck was worn out and could no longer be safely kept on the road.

  • Lowe's is now open

    Most places hold a ribbon cutting to mark their grand opening. Lowe’s has a board sawing.

    A local dignitary does the honors with a hand saw. Lowe’s helps out a bit. The board is already sawn nearly in two, so the dignitary only has to complete the process. Thursday morning, District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry did the honors.

  • They can compete with Lowe's, say existing business owners

    The opening of the new Lowe’s store, last week, brings new competition to a number of existing Bedford area businesses. They say they can handle it.

  • Less than stellar - commentary

    With baseball?s All-Star game upon us, please allow me to rant a bit on how the selection of starting players takes place.

    In essence, my case is that you, the fan, should lose your right to vote.

    Look at the situation in the American League. Boston Red Sox players were in the top four in popularity at every single position. Some of this is justified. I?d certainly vote for Big Pappy and Jason Varitek.

    But, Julio Lugo?

  • DC United's Carroll hits summer soccer camp

    Jedd Zaring has one major goal, among others, for his annual Blue Ridge Soccer Academy summer camp. ?I like to bring in guys who can demonstrate what a good player looks like,? said the head coach of the Jefferson Forest boys? program.

    This year, the coach?s wish came through in spades with the appearance of Jeff Carroll at the camp, held last week at Sweet Briar College.

    Carroll is a member of the Major Soccer League?s DC United, one of the premier teams at the nation?s highest level of soccer.

  • A diamond is forever

    I don?t mind growing old.

    I?m just not used to it.

    ?Victor Borge, pianist (1909-2000)

    The ballplayers on the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department?s 50-plus year-old softball team are doing what they can to avoid getting used to entering their autumn years.

    The team, which consists of 25 players, can be found smacking the ball, diving for line drives and snagging long fly balls during their games on Tuesday evenings at the county fields.

  • Protecting our children from harm

    The victimization of children is a tragic epidemic in our society. According to some statistics, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys are sexually exploited before they reach adulthood and this problem is further exacerbated by the number of children who are solicited and exposed to inappropriate material online. According to the Department of Justice, 1 in 7 children, ages 10 to 17, receive unwanted sexual solicitations online. I believe we must do everything within our power to stop this travesty, and protect our children from those who seek to victimize them.

  • Supreme Court affirmed an important right

    The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a landmark decision, ruling for the first time that individual American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. The ruling came when the Supreme Court struck down the ban on personal ownership of firearms in Washington, D. C. The ban had been in place since it was adopted by the City Council 32 years ago.

  • James Dobson’s failed attack on Obama

    Some think that the religious right doesn’t pack the punch it used to. Evangelicals haven’t voted as a bloc for Republicans the last two election cycles. Jerry Falwell and some lesser figures have died.

    But one stalwart of “Christian conservatism” is not only still going, he’s apparently making an effort to be the new king of the hill. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” organization is an enormously powerful tool of the right.

  • The world won't go away

    I hope everybody had a nice 4th of July. The weather wasn’t perfect, but at least it didn’t rain on anybody’s parade on Friday.

    My Fourth included mowing the lawn, something I neglected to do the previous Saturday. I spent that Saturday at Sedalia’s Bluegrass Festival, something I particularly enjoy. Then it rained enough the following Sunday afternoon to give me an excuse to put it off. By the 4th it was bad enough that I figured I had better mow before my neighbors decided to use the sound of fireworks to cover the sound of gunshots.