Today's News

  • Escape to Alcatraz
  • 'D'-Fiant O'Bryant


    Four local soccer lasses were named to the All-State soccer team for the spring season.

    Jefferson Forest's Jessica O'Bryant led the parade.  The just-graduated O'Bryant made the first team as a defender, a fitting ending to a superb career.

  • Big win for Big Islanders


    One is a Jefferson Forest guy.

    The other is an LCA fellow.

    One is built like a linebacker.

    The other looks more like a safety.

    Together, they helped lead Big Island Post 217 to a timely win over Vinton Post 80.

    Cameron Byrd and Tyler Bergin combined to pitch all nine innings in effective fashion to give the Islanders the 7-3 win.  They also posted four RBIs between them.

  • Reducing over-regulation to preserve and create jobs in Virginia’s 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel throughout Virginia’s 5th District, the negative effects of federal over-regulation in the Dodd-Frank law can be clearly seen along our Main Streets and on our family farms. Fewer businesses are starting and more are struggling – and the lack of access to private capital is negatively impacting our economy by limiting job growth and stifling investment. 

  • Enforcement plays a critical role in immigration reform
  • A long, hot and political summer

    The Summer Solstice passed last week; so we are officially into what promises to be the long, hot summer of 2013.
        Already this year, we have seen devastating tornados, floods, wildfires, and other vicious outbreaks of nature. They seem to follow as consecutive events, one right after another.
        It was reported that May of this year was the third hottest such month ever; surpassed only by May in 2010 and 2012.

  • More losers than winners

        I was recently talking with a local businessman who has a business that includes automotive repair and service. He noted a change in some things that people want. There are now folks who want used tires (I think he meant retreads) instead of new ones. He also said that people have been asking him about used brakes, something he does not sell. Both of these are items that nobody was asking him about just a few years ago. This is leading him to believe that half of the people in Bedford County are living hand-to-mouth.

  • Welcome back

    On Monday, the city of Bedford will be forever gone.
        Welcome back, The Best Little Town in America.
        After years of talks, negotiations, hearings and planning, reversion is set to take place.
        On July 1, it becomes official, Bedford will once again be a town.
        It’s an important accomplishment for the soon-to-be dissolved city council. And for the city staff who helped make it happen.

  • Moose fireworks: What you need to know

        The Bedford Moose lodge has parking lined up for its July 5 fireworks show.
        The fireworks will be shot off from the Lodge’s property on U.S. 460. The show will start at 9 p.m. and last 20 minutes concluding with a large finale. The show is free to the public.
        The following are the off site parking areas. Shuttle service will be available from a number of these:
        • Mountain View Union Church — just beside the Lodge on east side of U. S. 460

  • Young farmers to sponsor Farm Safety Day`

        Bedford County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers will hold a Farm Safety Day at the Bedford Southern States on Independence Boulevard on July 6 from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. The safety day will go ahead, rain or shine, as most of it is under tents.