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Today's News

  • Bedford to look at reverting to town status

    Forty years after voting to establish itself as a city of the second class, City of Bedford officials are now in talks with Bedford County officials aimed at returning Bedford to town status.

    Following a closed door meeting of the City/County Relations Committee Monday, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp and Supervisor's Chairman Steve Arrington, announced that both jurisdictions were studying the proposal, at the request of the city.

  • Letters

    Supervisors made bad decision

    Speaking for myself, as a minister who has served this community for 13 years I am shocked by the story ("Supervisors Deny Townhouse Request", March 12) of a company being denied a permit to build townhouses for its seasonal workers, apparently because the seasonal workers were Hispanic.

    Although I have not spoken directly to anyone involved with anyone involved the story as written is shocking on several levels.

  • Protecting our children

    It has become almost commonplace to turn on the evening news or visit an online news source and see the headlines detailing a terrible crime involving a child. While most of us shudder at the thought of a child being harmed, each year hundreds of thousands of children are victims of abuse, neglect, or violence.

    It is time that we take back our communities and strengthen protections for our children.

  • Drilling in ANWR should be permitted

    On the way to a meeting last week, I stopped to talk with some farmers. One of them was quick to point out how to improve our economy. “We don’t need a check in the mail,” he said, adding, “We need to bring down the cost of gasoline.” I agree.

  • Youth can make the difference

    When it comes to drug use in Bedford, youth can make the difference.

    This is the conclusion from a report about drug abuse student councils in colleges. This could also be applied to junior high schools and high schools.

  • Living the dream--local pitching star reflects on career

    Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle.

    When Bob Humphreys, of Bedford, reflects back on his professional baseball career, he recalls pitching to the likes of that trio of Hall of Famers, as well as many others.

    Humphreys' big league playing career began in 1962 and extended until 1970. During that period, Humphreys pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Senators and Milwaukee Brewers. During his time in St. Louis, he threw for the World Series champion Cardinal team of 1964.

  • A day in the life: Martinsville race day

    For Conor Murphy, taking a road trip to Martinsville Speedway last weekend with four of his friends from the University of Virginia business school was a last chance for them all to be together.

    In a couple of weeks they all graduate and head their separate ways. "We were close enough to come here," he said Sunday morning as the friends sat around the warmth of a fire. "It was one of those opportunities," he added, that just couldn't be passed up.

  • Commentary--Big bucks and red ink

    I used to take the position that a player deserves to make whatever the market will bear. If a team owner wants to pay $5 million a year for a second baseman with a career batting average of .240, that's his call.

    I figure that the fans and the sponsors are picking up the tab. It's a market decision. If you can afford forty bucks for a marginal seat at the ballpark, that's your call. If the good folks at Minute Maid want to shell out naming rights for the stadium in Houston, that's swell.

  • In the scrum--Local rugy player off to Nationals

    There's an old saying in England along the lines that soccer is a gentleman's game played by ruffians while rugby is a ruffian's game played by gentlemen.

    One of Bedford's gentlemen has taken to the game with a passion. Zac Bonheim is having a blast with the sport, which he jumped into upon his matriculation at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

  • Fitness with a personal touch

    A new business has opened at in the Smith Mountain Lake area that offers a personal touch to fitness.

    "It's our passion," commented Dwight Ward who, with Rob Jordan, opened Smith Mountain Lake Wellness and Fitness this month.

    The business, located on U. S. 122, a short distance from Hales Ford Bridge on the Bedford County side of the lake, offers personal fitness training. The goal is to help people develop healthy lifestyles.