Today's News

  • Judge dismisses Soering's lawsuit

    By Michael Sluss
    Landmark News Service

        RICHMOND — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by convicted murderer Jens Soering, who had challenged Gov. Bob McDonnell's authority to rescind consent for Soering to be transferred from a Virginia prison to his native Germany.
        Soering, the son of a German diplomat, is serving two life sentences for his role in the 1985 murders of his girlfriend's parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, in Bedford County.

  • Owen seeks to rescue Centertown building

        Don Owen is committed to saving Bedford’s history.

        One rescue was the building where American National Bank has its Bedford Branch on North Bridge Street. The building had been gutted by fire before Owen purchased and restored it.
        Now, he’s working on the empty building on 122 South Bridge Street, most recently the home of a book store.
        “The city was going to condemn it,” said Owen.

  • Elks explore options on future of National Home

        A delegation from the Elks’ governing board is in Bedford this week going over the Elk’s National Home.

        Resolutions passed at the fraternal organization this year authorized the board to look at options on what to do with the home. These options include partnering with other organizations, selling the home or closing it.

  • Minors get major victories

      By Gary Arrington

  • Sports commentary: Hot in the City

      I'm planning on being a better person.  I make that affirmation not because I've developed a greater love for my fellow man.  No, I make it because I've had a small taste of what the opposite of Heaven looks like.

  • Like Hatfields andMcCoys

      If nothing else is clear from the American Legion regular season shenanigans, you can safely hang your hat on this:  There is no greater rivalry than that between Big Island Post 217 and Lynchburg Post  16.

  • Bringing 5th District Virginians’ concerns To Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


    This past week, during our District Work Week, I had the chance to visit with 5th District Virginians in Franklin, Bedford, and Albemarle Counties as Americans across this country joined together to celebrate Independence Day.


  • Protecting our Founding Fathers’ vision of freedom

    When our Founding Fathers signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, they could not have known how this experiment of self-government would unfold.  What they were confident of, however, is that liberty is an inherent, God-given right, not one that originates from a King or other form of government.


  • Still think there’s no global warming?

    Hopefully, most people are getting back to normal after the June 29 derecho wind event that swept through here from Ohio and went all the way to the Virginia coast and into Washington, D.C.
        If you were lucky, you were relatively unaffected by the power outtages, business closings, and the gold-like lust for bagged ice that plagued most other people. But the lucky were few indeed.
        We know the storms were a product of the extreme heat, a wave that began in late June, which is not the usual time for heat waves.

  • Obama does something right

        NATO supply trucks are once again crossing through Pakistan on their way to Afghanistan. This came after Hillary Clinton told the Pakistani government that the U. S. is sorry that Pakistani troops were killed when American air strikes hit Pakistani army checkpoints that were reported to be firing on Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
        “We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military,” Clinton said in a statement.  She added that mistakes were made by both sides.