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Today's News

  • Use good sense

        Things continue to be tense in East Asia. Last week two Chinese jet fighters came dangerously close to a U. S. EP-3 Orion spy plane. The spy plane was patrolling 80 miles out to sea from Qingdao, a city on the East China Sea.

  • He missed the ball; but now he has a ring

        Steve Bartman now has a Chicago Cubs World Series ring.
        The Cubs organization offered the ring to the team’s infamous fan as a gesture of goodwill and an attempt to “provide closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series.”

  • It runs in the family

        Monday was Shemia Ferguson’s first day on the job as the Bedford Police Department’s administrative assistant.

        She replaces the late Cynthia Hedrick who held the post for nearly 20 years. Hedrick succumbed to cancer two months ago.
        Ferguson is a 2013 Liberty University (LU) graduate with a degree in criminal justice. A Bedford native, she was born in the Bunker Hill area of the county, grew up in Bedford and graduated from Liberty High School.

  • Ballengee takes bronze at USATF Junior Nationals

    Markus Ballengee has stood tall against all challenges thrown at him.

    Literally.

    The lengthy 6-foot-6 Staunton River alumnus has been tasked with learning several new decathlon events, overcoming injury, and even tracking down lost equipment before the USATF 2017 Junior Outdoor Nationals.

    Ballengee, a rising sophomore at Liberty University, travelled to Sacramento, Calif, for the junior national championship from June 22-23. He earned the No. 3 seed for the prestigious event after scoring 6,840 points at the Virginia Challenge in late April.

  • Water Safety Notes from SML Water Safety Council

    By Tyler Sheets
    Conservation Police Officer
    VDGIF

        Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area provide many different recreational activities both in and around water.

  • A very embarrassing time now

        Our clownish president has managed to achieve the lowest approval rating ever for any president after six months in office. Only 36 percent of respondents polled said they approved of his job performance; the disapproval rating was near 60 percent.
         So, you know his response, right? Yep, he sent a tweet, and he called it “not too bad.” Sometimes, it’s just difficult to believe that this particular individual could actually be president.

  • No easy solutions

        While “Democrats” focus on hobbling President Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the rest of the world hasn’t gone away.    
        On the international front, President Trump has had some successes. He has nearly defeated Islamic State. The “caliphate” has been nearly destroyed — the fun-loving bearded unholy warriors have been driven out of  Mosul, in Iraq, and are losing ground in Raqqa, in Syria. Islamic State’s courageous leader seems to be in hiding.

  • All thumbs

    Thumbs up: Bedford County School Board
        Thumbs up to the Bedford County School Board for voting to give Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch another three years at the helm of the school system.
        Dr. Schuch came to Bedford in the midst of a financial downturn that severely affected the money available at the local, state and federal levels. Dr. Schuch helped lead the school system through those tough times of lost jobs and closed schools while continuing to look ahead.

  • History program makes local connection

        Every year the Bedford Museum holds a history program for elementary school aged children called Fridays at the Museum. Each year, Jennifer Thomson, who heads up the program, chooses a different area of history.

  • Welch requests change of venue

        The double murder case against Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. could be moved from Bedford County if his request for a change of venue is granted.
        Welch’s attorneys filed the request at the end of June, stating that because of pretrial publicity their client could not receive a fair trial in Bedford or surrounding counties.