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Today's News

  • Why liberalism won’t work

    By Alan Denekas, MD
    Bedford

        Up until the late 1960s America was a pretty peaceful place.

  • Issues lost in the press this year

        If you care about public policy and the great issues facing our democracy, then you have to lament the fact that this crazy election never materialized into a serious discussion of those questions.
        Much of it had to do with Donald Trump’s insane candidacy, his preoccupation with nonsense like “building a wall,” and the media’s insistence that his antics and Hillary’s e-mails were all that was worthy of discussion.

  • Make America great again

        I don’t know, as of this writing, how the election went. I still can’t believe that both parties managed to cough up such horrible candidates and I’m sure that, no matter which of those two wretches won, we are in for an ugly four years. The only hope is that Congress will work as a restraining force, rather than an enabler for the winner. As both were nominated by a democratic process within their respective parties, they are clear indicators of the degree to which American society has degenerated.

  • Election Day Holiday

        The day after a presidential election should be a national holiday.
        It would give those celebrating the victory of their candidate the chance to recuperate. For those whose candidate lost, it would give them the opportunity to see that the sun will still come up, no matter who got elected.
        If President Obama had any sense, he would have declared that national holiday as an executive order sometime Tuesday, before all the votes were counted.
        The truth is we all deserve a break.

  • Centerfest 2.0: It’s time for a do-over

        After the rains from Hurricane Matthew negatively affected turn out for the 2016 Centerfest in historic Centertown Bedford, the town of Bedford and Bedford Main Street are inviting vendors and visitors to return to town on November 12 for a do-over.
        Centerfest 2.0 will be located in the Farmer’s Market pavilion and corresponding parking lot from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with more than 50 vendors expected to be attending.

  • Teens from Desmond Doss volunteer at D-Day Memorial

        A group of teens from Lynchburg’s Desmond Doss Christian Academy showed up, Friday morning to do clean up work at the National D-Day Memorial.

        “Once a month we do a community service project,” said Billy Wright, the school’s assistant principal. “Each November, we try to come up here.”
        The school was named in honor of Lynchburg native Desmond Doss, whose action on Okinawa during World War II is the subject of the movie “Hacksaw Ridge.”

  • Bedford Urban Gardens ends first year

        The growing season is over and Bedford Urban Garden (BUG) has completed its first full year. Town Councilman Beckham Stanley noted that 18 months worth of work turned an overgrown street corner into a beautiful garden.

        The garden works with the local Virginia Cooperative Extension office. Scott Baker, the office’s director, said local Master Gardeners conducted workshops throughout the growing season. Baker is a BUG education advisor.

  • Autumn on Stage

        The Liberty High School Theatre Department, under the direction of Shayna Crews, continues to expand its offerings.

        This Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the department will present Autumn on Stage which will feature a one-act play and choreographed selections performed by the Liberty High School Dance Ensemble. The presentation will be held in the LHS auditorium.
        The one-act play, “Girl Town,” is the school’s entry for the 2016 VHSL One-Åct Play competition.

  • Ministry or homeless shelter?

        Bedford’s planning commission had  an item on its agenda, Thursday evening, about whether to issue a conditional use permit to allow Grace House Community Church to operate a homeless shelter. It didn’t quite go that way.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House, argued that the homeless shelter is what his church does. He said Grace House started in 2011.
        “We found a need that was in the community,” he said.

  • Few minorities work in local law enforcement

        Captain Timothy Hayden of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office remembers well one of his first assignments as a new deputy for the county.

        There had been a robbery at a bank near the intersection of Route 24 and Va. 122 and the suspect had fled into the woods. Hayden, who had yet to go through the Police Academy, was given a shotgun and told to wait in the woods in case the suspect came back that way.