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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Disrespecting the liberal pantheon

        It seems, from last week’s Liberal Agenda, that I raised Rick Howell’s temperature above the boiling point by disrespecting two of the demigods of his silly political party’s pantheon. My suggestion that John and Robert Kennedy’s primary claim to the status of legends is that they were murder victims seems to have caused him to boil over.
        Mr. Howell claims that I “can’t understand the idealism and passion for social justice they embodied.”

  • Camp comes back to JF

     

    They're baaa-aack!

    After an absence of a dozen (or so) years, the summer baseball camp at Jefferson Forest is back in business.  As such, Jim Thacker Field (behind Forest Middle School) was alive with the shouts, laughter, pings of the bat and baseball-on-leather sounds associated with our national pastime.

    Jefferson Forest Head Coach Ryan Gilleland hosted the camp, which drew the vast majority of its 40 participants from the eastern part of our county.

  • Photo of the Week

     

    This issue's Photo of the Week was taken and sent into us by Becky Roberts, yet another member of the Forest Photography Club.

    Becky is a former resident of Bedford, now living in Lynchburg, where she has a part-time business called "My Second Chance Photography."  She only needed one chance to get this beaut of a shot of the Humpback Bridge, in Covington.  

  • Hunters honing handiness

     

    Life is all about continuous improvement.

    So is the Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend, set to run Aug. 22-24.

    Hosted by Appomattox's Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, the weekend is an inexpensive but knowledge-packed event which can be useful to virtually anyone.

  • Sports commentary: I'm gonna...

     

    "Crack"

    "Thwock"

    "Thud"

    That was the chain of sounds I heard the other day.

    Playing senior softball (for those 50 years and older), we had a bit of a situation.  My good friend Marvin was pitching.  Another good friend, Al, was at the plate.

    The cracking sound was the ball coming off Al's bat.

    The thwocking sound was said ball hitting Marvin squarely in the coconut.

    The thudding sound was Marvin hitting the ground.