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Today's News

  • Before football, a spot of golf

     

    There were guys prowling the green grass of Forest.

    They were making big hits.  There was some grunting to be heard.

    Although they were playing golf, have no doubt about it:  These guys are all about the pigskin game.

  • New life for Big Island Post 217

     

    The dead walk among us!

    But, fear not.  There's no need to call out the CDC or the Zombie Response Unit.

    In this case, it's Big Island Post 217's American Legion senior baseball team playing the role of the walking undead.

    When last we left the Islanders, they were dealing with the fact they'd been eliminated in the District 10 playoffs, a 21-16 loss to Lynchburg Post 16.

    Lynchburg advanced to the finals, where it was topped by Danville.

  • Getting ready to get ready

     

    It was ever-so-faint.

    But, for those with a nose for such things, it was unmistakable:  The smell of football was in the air.

    True, we're a long way from those cool autumn months.

    We're still quite a ways from the opening games of the season (Aug. 29).

    But, we're on the cusp of formally prepping for that day.

    In fact, both Staunton River and Jefferson Forest open their two-a-day practice sessions tomorrow (July 31).

  • Sports commentary: Test dummy

     

    You'd think a job such as the one I have would hold a lot of perks.

    Such thinking would be faulty.

    Now, don't get me wrong.  I still consider being the sports guy at the Bedford Bulletin to be among the greatest of jobs in the world.

    Well, at least it's among the greatest jobs in this geographic area.

    For which I am qualified.

    Or, at least for which they're willing to make exceptions.

    When I took this job, eight years ago, I assumed I'd get all kinds of side benefits.

  • Four years later, Dodd Frank’s impacts continue to hamper Main Streets

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Four years ago, President Obama signed the Dodd Frank Act, which was intended to address the underlying issues that led to the financial crisis and create a safer financial system. Instead, this 2,300 page law, which establishes 400 new government regulations, has led to disproportionately negative impacts and costs for community banks, small businesses, and consumers, while doing little to tackle the issues that truly drove the crisis.

     

  • Protecting the balance of powers

    What we are witnessing today is one of the greatest challenges to our constitutional system in the history of this country.” Jonathan Turley, law professor and supporter of President Obama, made this statement in his testimony before the House Rules Committee just a few days ago on the continued abuse of power by the Obama Administration.

     

  • A clue from history?

    By Bob Cornell
    Bedford

        We assume we are advanced builders, thinkers and politicians in our 21st century but think of the capabilities of those living almost 700 years ago. 
        The Ming dynasty ruled China for 276 years from 1368 to 1644.  The Ming dynasty is described as “one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history.”   During the Ming dynasty China was the world’s superpower with the largest population and economy. 

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        As we get closer to our 33rd annual Centerfest, which will take place on September 27, we are just so excited about the many inspiring vendors who will fill the streets of Centertown!
        Where would Centerfest be without its vendors? The lovely, talented people that set up in the middle of our streets, that last warm Saturday in September, are the ones breathe life into our festival!

  • A shower is not all he needs

        Before reading last week’s “Conservatively Speaking” column, I should have known something was up when I saw that John Barnhart had been snooping around one of my social media accounts.
        Well, what’s a good liberal Catholic to do, huh? Mr. Barnhart is surely a sensitive soul, and he took exception to my sarcastic references to Bob McDonnell’s link to Regent “University” (and I insist on the quotes).

  • County should ante up

        Now that the Bedford Regional Water Authority has nixed George Aznavorian’s proposal to receive connection credits in return for his promise of $100,000 towards the project to extend public sewer service to Moneta Elementary School, Bedford County needs to quickly take action to fund its portion of the cost for the project.