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Today's News

  • Yet again, Bush can't master the facts

    In October, in the middle of his latest remarks about the alleged threat from Iran, President George W. Bush actually used the phrase "World War III."

    You'd think that no American president would ever utter such a thing unless we were in the most dire circumstances. But Bush has proven that he lives in a world of his own, where anything goes when it comes to pushing his warmongering view of the world.

    The problem was - and there are always problems with what Bush says - Iran wasn't working on a nuclear weapon and hadn't been since 2003.

  • A baloney sandwich

    The never ending presidential campaign will finally get down to business next month as the first primaries and caucuses are held. In a few months we should know who the two major parties will present to us as their presidential candidates.

  • A simple prayer

    Back in 2006 a study was released questioning the power of prayer to patients undergoing heart surgery. The major national media outlets glowingly carried headlines from the study such as: "Study shrugs off power to heal" (USA Today), "Power of prayer flunks an unusual test" (MSNBC.MSN.com); or "Study: Prayer didn't help sick" (Seattle Times).

  • With U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson handing down a 23 month sentence Monday, Michael Vick now begins his road to redemption

    To some, Michael Vick has lost it all.

    He's lost his millions, he's lost his friends, he's lost his career and he's lost his freedom.

    But the one hope he can hang onto is that he hasn't necessarily lost his shot at a second chance.

    That choice still is his to make.

    During his sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court, Vick said "I made some bad judgments along the way."

  • Well head protection, convenience store plans move ahead

    Both a well head protection overlay and a convenience store, both in the Hardy area, received the Bedford County Planning Commission's approval last week.

    Virginia Ridge Water Company, a private water company that serves the Virginia Ridge subdivision on Hardy Road, requested the well head protection overlay. This would restrict how parcels of land within 1,000 feet of each of its three well heads could be used. Certain uses, including fuel storage, are prohibited within 500 feet of the well head.

  • Two lose lives in separate accidents

    Two area residents lost their lives on Bedford County roads this past week ? one as a result of icy conditions on county roads Friday morning.

    Pamela Joyce Miller, 54, of Thaxton, was traveling south on Virginia 691 when she ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, according to Sgt. Bob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police. The accident occurred at about 9 a.m. and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Carpentieri said Miller was wearing her seat belt, adding that the single-vehicle accident was weather related.

  • Local group sends packages to Bedford soldiers

    Normally this time of year the Bedford Bunko Club meets for a cookie exchange.

    But not this year.

    Rather than sharing their goodies amongst themselves, the group members decided to sweeten the holiday season for Bedford area soldiers serving in Iraq.

    Last Thursday, the Bunko Club hosted a Christmas party for local military personnel serving overseas and, assisted by members of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church and other friends, 79 boxes filled with Christmas goodies and expressions of love to be sent overseas. They were expected to arrive in Iraq late this week.

  • Board approves driving range, condos

    A driving range and a condo project, recommended for approval last month by the Bedford County Planning Commission, received the final go ahead from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.

    The driving range will be located on Va. 608, a short distance from its intersection with Va. 122. It will be right next to the site of a diner, already approved, and near a drive-in theater that is now under construction.

  • Former JF student pleads guilty to taking gun to school

    It doesn't appear as if John Thomas Hess Jr. will have to spend much, if any, more time in jail for taking a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun to Jefferson Forest High School last May.

    But what still remains to be answered is if Hess, now 19, will face a felony or misdemeanor conviction for the crime.

  • Snow receives this year's Athena award

    Friday started on a slippery note when a surprise freezing rain made area highways treacherous. By late morning, the rain had stopped and the roads were safe, allowing the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's Women of Influence luncheon to go on as scheduled.

    "We did not order the weather," commented Susan Martin, the chamber's president, before introducing the event's keynote speaker, Donna Tyson.