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Today's News

  • Wishing you a season of peace and good will

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    As we gather with our families and friends during this holiday season, I hope you will join me in pausing to take account of our many blessings – the blessings of American freedom, American peace, and American prosperity.

  • A season of hope

    We can see the spirit of the season all around us – brightly colored lights cover homes, nativity scenes are set up at churches, and store windows are decked out. The sounds of the holidays fill the airwaves and carolers take to the streets and bring cheer to the halls of nursing homes. This time of year evokes many sentiments. There are feelings of nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. It also represents a sense of comfort and familiarity as well as time with family and friends. And for many it is a season of hope.

  • New Cuba policy long overdue

    President Barack Obama’s move to end our ridiculous estrangement from the people of Cuba by establishing formal relations and setting up embassies is not just the right thing to do, it should have been done a long time ago.
        Our hostile policy toward Cuba has for a long time been nothing more than an outdated relic of the Cold War. The time has long since passed that “fighting communism,” and the warmongering hysteria that went along with it, is relevant.

  • Thunder on Hillary’s left

        Watching the jockeying for the “Democratic” presidential nomination next year is going to be entertaining. Not that there is any doubt about who the “Democrats’” nominee will be.

  • Turning point

        The murder of two New York City police officers Saturday should have been met with disdain. But for some, it apparently was an opportunity to celebrate some payback for what they perceive to be wrong-doing by police in Missouri, New York and—quite frankly—just about anywhere.
        The murderer of the two slain officers certainly had recent events in mind when he strolled up to the car of the NYPD officers and shot them both at point-blank range.

  • Tough early going in the Blue Ridge

     

    Nothing is easy when it comes to Blue Ridge basketball.  You have to fight for every crumb and, even then, it takes a lot of those crumbs to make a meal.

    Both the boys and girls teams of Staunton River got a taste of what lies ahead on their Blue Ridge plates, as they each played a pair of BRD foes:  Northside and William Byrd.

    Of those four games, River escaped with but a single win, when the Lady Eagles topped Northside 43-36, on Wednesday evening.

    That same night, their brethren were topped by the Vikings, 70-53.

  • Sports commentary: Holiday hoops

     

    The NBA:  Scrooge or Grinch?

    Or something else?

    The National Basketball Association has five games scheduled for Christmas Day.  The slate runs end-to-end from noon until the wee hours.  Two games will be carried by ABC, two by TNT and one by ESPN.

    I've written before about how wrong it is of the NBA to besmirch Christmas Day by holding and broadcasting these games on that day.

    The purpose of this column is to refute that judgment.

  • "Rocky" road for JF hoops

     

    By Mike Forster

    sports@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    In the spirit of the season, the Cavs were "Rock"-ing around the Christmas tree.  But the Lady Cavs were Jingle Bell "Rock"ed.

    It all took place at the Beacon Classic, held the weekend before Christmas at E.C. Glass.  There both teams of JF hoopsters took on strong squads from Rockbridge County.

    In a Friday night doubleheader, the Cavs won a thriller in overtime, 60-55.  The Lady Cavs were topped in the nightcap, 47-36.

  • CURB takes issue with FERC chairman’s comments

    By Bill Brush
    Founder and President, CURB

        Cut Unnecessary Regulatory Burden, Inc. (CURB) was formed as a Virginia not-for-profit corporation in April 2011 to educate our Community on the importance of State property rights.   On December the 8th the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur responded to a Congressional inquiry from Congressman Robert Hurt regarding the implementation of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Smith Mountain Lake, VA.

  • A brewery? Really?

    By Katie Baltzelle
    Body Camp

        I would first like to thank and applaud the gentleman who wrote the “A Grave Injustice” article a few weeks ago regarding the closing of our schools in Bedford County, and the disheartening and irresponsible work of our Superintendent, Doug Schuch, to destroy our school system since 2009.