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Today's News

  • Frozen

         The latest mountain our news media has decided to make out of a molehill is a new Russian military base on Kotelny Island.
        Actually, sensationalism in news media is nothing new. Newspapers and TV news operations do it all the time. It sells papers and draws eyeballs to TV news programs. William Randolph Hearst’s publications are credited with helping to foment a war with Spain 120 years ago. His publications featured stories of alleged nasty behavior by the Spanish as they fought to put down a Cuban war for independence.

  • Turning point

        April 25, 2017.

        That date won’t carry the weight that Feb. 18, 2001, did but both will serve as major turning points for the sport of NASCAR.
        On that tragic date in 2001 at Daytona International Speedway,  Dale Earnhardt took his final lap, crashing into the retaining wall at the speedway on the final lap of the race. It would be announced a few hours later that Earnhardt, the sport’s most popular driver of his time, had perished in the crash.

  • Centra BMH to expand ER

        Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital is about to embark on an expansion of its emergency department.

          In order to do that, the hospital needs a temporary home for that department while the work is being done. The solution is to temporarily move it to the second floor of the old hospital building. It will use parking in the area currently dedicated to administrative parking. There will be directional signs that will show people where they need to go. Volunteers will also be on hand to help people find their way.

  • Derby Day slated for May 6 at Avenel

        Derby Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at Avenel.

        Avenel Foundation marks the annual running of the Kentucky Derby with a festive event that serves as a major fundraiser. The Foundation exists to maintain the historic home.
        Avenel was built by Col. William Burwell to serve as a home for his family and his in-laws. That’s why the house has such a complex internal stair system. The two families shared the public areas of the house, but each had their own private section.

  • Love letters

        Bedford County’s Love Letters will be unveiled next week at the Bedford Welcome Center.

         These Love Letters are not amorous missives. The are actual, large, metal letters that spell out the word “LOVE.” It’s part of a state-wide tourism branding project and localities around the state are doing it. This initiative of the Virginia Tourism Corporation started in 2012.
        However, Bedford’s Love Letters are unique.

  • Bedford town manager resigns

    Bedford Town Council added a closed door session, not previously scheduled, to the end of their regular Tuesday night meeting. When Council came out of it's executive session, Town Manager Charles Kolakowski announced his resignation.

    “I am hereby announcing my resignation as town manager,” Kolakowski said.

  • Tourism update, April 2017

    By Nicole S. Johnson

  • Trump finds his military toys

         During the presidential campaign, nothing was more sobering than the thought of Donald Trump with military power, especially, the power to start a war, even a nuclear war.
        When you combine his unpredictability with his thin-skinned temperament, well, you see the danger. But the “angry whites” who voted for him just didn’t care about that, not as long as there were immigrants to chase out and coal mining jobs to restore.

  • Vladimir Vladimirovich in the quicksand pit

        It’s beginning to look like Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is biting off more than he can chew when it comes to foreign policy.
        It began three years ago when Russia launched a fast moving special forces operation that took control of Crimea so fast that it took control of Crimea with no resistance. Nobody saw it coming.

  • Diversity provides strategic advantage

        Brigadier General Lapthe Flora was the speaker in the first of a series of talks at the Bedford Welcome Center, sponsored by the National D-Day Memorial, marking the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the United State’s declaration of war on the German Empire.