Today's News

  • Murray will replace Hubbard on Council

    Guy E. Murray Jr., a long-time businessman in Bedford, has been selected by City Council to fill the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Jeffrey Hubbard last month.
        Murray was one of five applicants for the position interviewed by council at its meeting last Tuesday. The announcement was made at the end of the meeting.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Sept. 15, 2010)

    Sign-ups and notices

    For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    Apple Pickin’ Jamboree

  • Church news (week of Sept. 15, 2010)


    Hickory Grove UMC celebrates 50th anniversary
    Hickory Grove United Methodist Church will hold its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3. Saturday’s festivities begin at noon with dinner at 12:30 p.m. followed by special music and games for children. The Golden Anniversary Service will be on Sunday at 9 a.m. While Hickory Grove United Methodist Church has existed as a congregation for over 100 years, this 50 Years of Faith and Fellowship event is a celebration of the church building where members worship today.


  • Smart public investments can quickly yield results

  • Success in education needs to be redefined

    A well-educated workforce is critical for regaining America’s long-term competitive advantage. This includes not only the higher education that will be necessary for global competitiveness, but also the solid foundation of a strong K-12 education. I have often said that there are no shortcuts to regaining our competitive advantage, so at this moment, while we recover from our current economic downturn, we know that we must be providing educational opportunities that will prepare our current and future workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • What we have learned from September 11th

    Nine years ago, Americans looked on in horror as the events of September 11th unfolded.  At the end of the day the skyline of one of our greatest cities was forever changed, the Pentagon, a symbol of America’s military strength was still smoldering, and a previously indistinguishable field in western Pennsylvania had suddenly and terribly become an unmarked grave for America’s newest heroes.

  • GOP busy defending the rich

        President Obama has finally begun to fight back on behalf of his party’s agenda and against the assumption that Americans just can’t wait to put the Republican Party back in power.

        In two speeches last week, the president laid out his agenda and assailed the proposals of the GOP and its House “Speaker-to-be,” John Boehner.

  • History poorly taught

        It seems that history is often poorly taught in America’s public schools.

  • Staying safe

    This week is Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week, a move by safety advocates to protect travelers throughout the Commonwealth.

        From walking the loop to biking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, from walking to school or to a bus stop to riding a bike in a local neighborhood, it’s important that everyone be reminded of the need for safety.

  • Perriello holds town hall

    Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello swung by Bedford, late Monday morning, for a town hall meeting. The meeting was well attended, in spite of being on a weekday morning, with most of the space in the board of supervisors’ meeting room pews filled.

        Perriello began with some comments about the economy.
        “The central challenge is how to start making things in America,” Perriello said.