Today's News

  • Inequality is undesirable but inevitable

    By Tommy Foster

    The Clinton-Obama view is to equalize wealth and growth across individuals and thiås requires somehow moving portions of incÅΩome andå wealth and growth from åthe most wealthy demographic and applying that to the less skilled and lower socio-economic strata. The impetus is to drive out economic inequality (a noble cause to be sure).

  • Can prayer stop violence against Hillary?

        Given that America’s history is filled with tragic political violence, you’d think that no candidate for any office would ever get caught even appearing to incite “second amendment solutions” against an opponent.
        But as we know, Donald Trump is capable of anything. He has no sense of qualms or limits; whatever comes out of his mouth is what guides him.

  • Neither cart nor horse

        I was very skeptical, just after the turn of the century, when Bedford County and the former city of Bedford decided to form a joint tourism department and hire a director of tourism. I thought I heard the sound of a toilet flushing, with taxpayer money headed down the tubes. Nanci Drake, the first  tourism director changed my mind. Drake was a dynamic visionary. She had a Type A personality, but unlike most Type A people, everybody who dealt with her liked her. She had the ability to get things done while leaving friends, rather than enemies, in her wake.

  • Back to school

        Students headed back to school this week in Bedford County and for the most part the first day went OK, though it did get a little warm, especially for students at Forest Elementary School.
        At FES, the air conditioning units weren’t operating so the school went into cool down mode with box fans in every class, extra time for breaks and bottled water made available for students. School maintenance crews were working to get the HVAC units back online as quickly as possible.

  • Grace House protests proposed zoning change

        The public comment portion of Bedford Town Council rarely has speakers, but last week’s Council meeting was an exception.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace Ministries, is worried that new language being added to the town’s zoning ordinance to permit emergency homeless shelters in business areas will actually hurt the homeless shelter  he operates. He and several of the residents came to speak about the shelter’s importance.

  • More details emerge in solicitation, abduction case

        More details of the case against a 26-year-old man charged with soliciting a relationship with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl came to light last Wednesday during a preliminary hearing on an abduction by force charge.
        Already indicted on four counts of computer solicitation and one count of carnal knowledge, the additional abduction charge against Angelo  E. Paderes Sr., has now been certified to the grand jury after Judge Joseph Serkes found there was sufficient evidence to send the case on to the grand jury.

  • Battlefield in Bedford

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor

        Roanoke Airsoft Tactical (RATAC) will be opening a battlefield in Bedford County.    RATAC will have a game day on Saturday, August 27. “It’s a 40- acre outdoor field,” said Jacob Pruitt store manager.
        The field is an airsoft only field. “We do not allow the use of airguns or BB guns,” said Pruitt.

  • Extra Points: August 17

        The summer Olympics have been nothing but amazing this year. So many world records are being set and also a lot of firsts happening in this Olympics.
        During day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Usain Bolt finished first in the 100m, for the third time. The Olympics saw a marriage proposal on the podium at a medal ceremony. The Olympics also handed out its first medals for Golf since 1904.

  • Alford plea leads to conviction

        Patricia Jean Welch, 66, entered an Alford plea Tuesday to a charge of lying to a multi-jurisdictional grand jury investigating the case of two sisters who went missing in 1975 in Maryland.

        Welch was found guilty of the charge, but won’t spend any time in jail, receiving a two-year suspended sentence. She will have to pay a $1,000 fine and be on good behavior for five years.
        “We’re satisfied with the Alford plea,” stated Patricia Ann Welch, the daughter of Patricia Jean Welch.

  • Farmers urged to secure loads for safety

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Farm Bureau want to urge people to secure loads when hauling them on the county’s highways. This can be a special problem with the large round hay bales used today.

        Sheriff Mike Brown  said deputies find them on county roads on a weekly basis. This happens because somebody was hauling hay bales without strapping them down and one or more rolled off.
        “The danger is great,” Miller said.