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Today's News

  • Let us remember what it means to be an American

    Last week, as we celebrated our nation's 240th year of independence, I had the profound honor of attending the annual 4th of July celebration at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Each year, that celebration includes a naturalization ceremony in which a group of new citizens takes the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, affirming that they will support and defend the Constitution and our laws against all enemies, foreign and domestic, bearing true faith and allegiance to the same.  

  • Clinton email investigation leaves more questions than answers

    What does it say to the public when officials at the highest levels are not held accountable? The American people expect government officials to abide by the law just like everyone else. However, that does not appear to be the case for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Just a few days ago, FBI Director James Comey announced his recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against Secretary Clinton for her use of a private email server while at the State Department and the mishandling of classified information.

  • What others had to say about the Dallas shootings

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.):

        “Too many people have lost their lives this week due to senseless acts of violence.

  • Hillary: A right-wing target for decades

        Democrats will soon nominate a candidate for president whose resume is unmatched by anyone else in either party.
        Hillary Clinton is, as the president said, the most qualified person in a lifetime to seek the presidency. She topped a career of political activism by being elected U.S. Senator, while still First Lady, later serving as U.S. Secretary of State.

  • And, speaking of Loretta Lynch

        It comes as no surprise that FBI Director James Comey decided not to refer charges against Hillary Clinton. It’s not because I believe Comey honestly believes no charges are warranted. It’s because I believe Comey was doing what his boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told him to do.

  • A tragic night

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown was watching the local news Thursday night when the station broke to the national story of the tragedy in Dallas in which a lone gunman killed five police officers and wounded seven others during what had been a peaceful protest of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
        He watched the events unfold for several hours early into the next morning. “My reaction was, ‘Oh my, here we go again,” he said.

  • Bedford, Franklin Heritage Trail set to launch July 23

        A joint county heritage trail project featuring historic landmarks and properties around Bedford and Franklin counties will debut with a special inaugural tour to be held Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Don’t worry: It’s only a training exercise

        If you see a lot of police around Bedford Elementary School or the Army Reserve Center this Saturday, don’t be alarmed – it’s only a training exercise.
        This Saturday local law enforcement agencies will be conducting training on dealing with an active shooter. Though the training closely follows the recent shooting in Dallas, Texas, it actually has been in the planning for months, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown. “This is not a reaction to (what happened) in Dallas,” he said.

  • Group from Russian Y visit Bedford

        The Bedford Area YMCA hosted guests from the YMCA in Novosibirsk, Russia, last week.    

  • Extra Points: Fall is coming

    This past weekend was an adventure for me. I was able to witness my first ever Professional Wrestling event. It was definitely very entertaining, but I am still unsure that I will become a fan. 

    The event was put on very well and they had security everywhere, because from what I have been told sometimes brawls break out during the event due to fan disagreement.