Today's News

  • The magic of Christmas

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.

         The magic of Christmas comes in many shapes and forms. 

  • And take that cowboy outfit with you

        On the campaign trail in Alabama, Roy Moore was a clownish figure prancing around on stage in a campy-looking cowboy outfit, a ten-gallon hat, and a little silver pistol he’d pull out.
        But after his defeat by Democrat Doug Jones Dec. 12, he’s just another disgraced clown in the Trump circus, an unseemly show produced by “angry whites,” religious conservatives, and ultra-nationalists. I’m sure other Trump voters meant well but nonetheless made a huge mistake when they cast a ballot for him.

  • Why are they crowing?

        I don’t understand why the “Democrats,” and their media lapdogs, are crowing so loudly over Roy Moore’s loss to Doug Jones in last week’s special election for senator. Jones would have looked like a complete loser if he wasn’t able to defeat Moore after all the allegations about dating high school girls, and allegedly molesting a 14 year old, when he was in his early 30s.

  • The Miraculous Birth

    Luke 2

    1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
    2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
    3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
    5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Search crews locate missing boy

        At 12:53 p.m. Thursday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a report of a missing 6-year-

    old boy from his home on Dowdy Rock Road.
        The caller said Samuel Welch had been missing since around 10 a.m. and was last seen with his black and white border collie named Muffin. The boy was wearing long pants and a blue hoodie.

  • Pedestrian struck on W. Main Street

        An accident in which an 81-year-old Bedford man was struck while walking on West Main Street has left him hospitalized for three weeks and the police still investigating what happened.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Jerry Jackson, 32, of Lynchburg struck Jackie Overstreet around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 in the 300 block of West Main Street.

  • Town to refinance bonds

        Bedford Town Council wrapped up its last meeting of 2017 by unanimously voting to refinance the town’s debt.
        The new bonds will carry a lower interest rate and save the town money on debt service. According to Town Manager Bart Warner, he expects the town to be debt free by 2026.
        “Once we get out to debt, we never intend to go into it again,” he said.

  • Developers discuss proposals for BMS, Old Yellow properties

        While it’s not yet clear what route Bedford Town Council will take in selecting a developer for the Bedford Middle School property in town, it is apparent there is a lot of support for seeing that property, which also includes Old Yellow, utilized to improve the town’s growth.
        Two developers outlined their proposals for the property’s future at a public gathering held Thursday in the council chambers.

  • Man to serve 15 years for shooting estranged wife

        Authorities were a jammed gun away from having to investigate a murder/suicide instead of an aggravated malicious wounding this past March, according to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.
        Nance said 64-year-old Ronald Lee Lumsden of Moneta admitted to having every intention of killing his estranged wife and then himself when he went to her home on March 19. As it was, he shot the victim twice leaving her with permanent damage.

  • Those Holiday Lights

    By Patricia C Held

    Contributing Writer

        Glitz, glamour and sparkle are all part of holiday season decorations. And while some of us prefer moderation in their home décor, the child in most of us relishes in the wonder of some of our local lighting displays that overpower us with dazzle.
        And while Bedford claims the distinction of being called the Christmas Capital of Virginia, other locales add to our lighting extravaganza with their own elaborate holiday displays.