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Today's News

  • Montvale man faces malicious wounding charge

        Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an Adventure Mountain Road address in Montvale on Saturday Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m.  A person at that residence had called 911 dispatchers and said that Alvie Ferris was there and had  allegedly assaulted several people. On arrival deputies discovered Ferris was no longer there. Phillip Warfe, 61, was transported to Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with internal injuries.   

  • Gun violence: America’s terrible shame

        One of my best friends is a Roanoke native who now lives in Cary, North Carolina, just outside Raleigh. He’s always said that Roanoke is never in the national news unless it’s for something bad.
        Unfortunately, he was proven right on Aug. 26, when the two WDBJ journalists were gunned to death, doing what should have been a routine story on Smith Mt. Lake and the local chamber of commerce.

  • Hoist by her own petard
  • Local tragedy sends shockwaves across the world

        It didn’t take long for word to spread.
        There had been a shooting at Smith Mountain Lake – on live TV.
        At first there was confusion. But soon it became all too clear.
        Tragedy had struck the Lake community, the media family—and, the world.
        At times like this, people come together.

  • Bernie Sanders burnin’ it up

        Even in the Summer of Donald Trump – the mainstream media’s favorite obsession – there’s another presidential candidate whose ability to draw huge crowds and resonate with his supporters cannot be ignored.
        He’s Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is reminding Democrats that we do indeed have a choice – not just a role in a coronation – when it comes to who will be our presidential nominee next year.

  • Not free trade but fair trade

        I’m a free trade skeptic. I’m more interested in fair trade than free trade.

  • Back to school time is here!

    By Sheriff Michael J. Brown
    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office

        Yes, it’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and the youngsters are headed back to school. Whether it’s their first year or their twelfth, school traffic and activities bring on a whole new level of excitement and anxiety for students as well as those driving in school zone areas. Please be aware that youngsters will be walking to school, riding bikes and loading and unloading from buses.

  • Will Republicans let Trump destroy them?

        As readers know, I am not a fan of the Republican Party. I do not wish to write, say, or take any action that would help its electoral prospects.
        As a student of history, however, I have respect for the role the GOP plays in our two-party system. I also remind people that it wasn’t always the backward, right-wing force it is today in American politics.

  • An unwelcome French export

        I saw an interesting chart in The Economist earlier this month. It was in a section called “The World If” which speculated what would happen if certain things occurred. It contained some horrifying scenarios, such as a 400 meter in diameter asteroid hitting the earth or Hillary Clinton being elected president. Personally, if I had to choose between these scenarios, I would opt for the asteroid as the less destructive of the two.

  • Progress in the people’shouse

    By Congressman Robert Hurt