Today's News

  • Protecting the Chesapeake Bay

    The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S., is an incredibly complex ecosystem that includes important habitats and is a cherished part of our American heritage. More than 64,000 square-miles of land drains into creeks, streams, rivers and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Almost 200 miles long, the Chesapeake Bay is a wonderful resource, still beautiful and still teeming with life that we both harvest and appreciate. But unquestionably the Bay is in need and worthy of our attention and concern and I believe everyone has a role to play in restoring it.

  • Congress should allow oil exploration and drilling

    It is vital that researchers and entrepreneurs in the United States maintain their focus on developing alternative forms of energy so that we may wean ourselves from being dependent upon foreign oil. Until those alternative forms of energy are available, we should allow the exploration and production of the reserves of oil and natural gas in the 50 states. Today, oil and natural gas account for 60 percent of the energy consumed in our nation.

  • Know what to do during severe weather

    Severe weather season has kicked into full gear in our area.

  • Fatherless families need prayer

    In June each year we celebrate Fathers Day, which is somewhat ironic since our nation is experiencing an undeniable and frightening trend toward fatherlessness.

    U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that there were about three million single-mother families 1970. In 2006 there were 10.4 million. These numbers should alarm everyone in our community and nation. That is why we at the Bedford Christian Fellowship believe that the month of Fathers Day is an appropriate time to turn our attention to absentee fathers.

  • Conservatism's legacy of failure

    Now that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee for president, our party will begin to heal itself and get ready to win the fall election against Republican John McCain.

    Everyone knows that by all barometers of how presidential campaigns are judged - or in this case, anticipated - this is definitely a year that the Democratic nominee should win. The current Republican administration is widely loathed, and the great majority of Americans are not just sick of the war in Iraq, they’ve figured out, too, that the whole thing, built on lies, was unnecessary.

  • Breathing life into history

    Jim Hendry enjoys bringing inspiring stories of the past to life.

    Having taught history for years, Hendry, along with his wife Shelley and their children, now have His Image Ministries as a tool to present living history programs to audiences locally as well as in neighboring states.

    This Saturday, June 14, Hendry will present the true story of Dr. Max Rossvally at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Academy for the Arts. The performance is described as being “a wonderful program to inspire the whole family and dramatically depict the power of one life.”

  • Man pleads guilty to injuring child

    A Bedford County man pleaded guilty, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to injuring a 17-month-old child.

    Robert Lewis Evans, 24, of Hardy pleaded guilty to child abuse and malicious wounding.

    On Nov. 7, 2007, Evans and his girlfriend brought the child to Community Hospital in Roanoke. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance said that they told the hospital that they found the child in his crib bleeding from the nose and ear.

  • SRHS seniors urged to embrace opportunities

    For the 231 Staunton River High School seniors graduating last Saturday during the school's 45th Commencement held at the Liberty University Vines Center, it was a time for remembering the journey and for looking ahead to the future.

    This year's graduation theme: "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."

    And that's what the seniors were urged to do, prior to receiving their diplomas.

  • JFHS graduates take next step in their journey

    Jefferson Forest High School valedictorian Phillip Gorman, and the other speakers during graduation exercises held Saturday at the Liberty University Vines Center, urged classmates to strive forward in the journey that was waiting for them.

    This year's commencement theme: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," by Lao-tzu.

    "The future is forever long," Stated Gorman, urging each of the 320 graduates to not do anything they will regret later.

  • FMS teacher wins top middle school honor

    Diane Farley stood in shock as representatives from Bedford County Schools entered the lunchroom at Forest Middle School late Wednesday morning.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bobbi Johnson carried a bouquet of flowers and balloons for the Forest Middle School American history teacher ? and the news that she had been chosen as Bedford County's Middle School Teacher of the Year.

    "I am totally blown away," Farley said of the honor. "I've had a tough year personally and this is a perfect ending to maybe a new start."