Today's News

  • County family hosts Austrian farm girl

    A Bedford County family is hosting an Austrian farm girl under the International 4-H Youth Exchange.

        It’s turnabout for the McPherson family. Last year, Jaycey McPherson, who is now 19, spent a summer in Finland the guest of a Finnish farm family in northern Finland under the same program.
        This year the McPherson family is the host. Rita Koch stayed with them as part of her sojourn in Virginia. Fortunately for the McPhersons, Rita speaks good English.

  • Safe families

        Patrick Henry Family Services is serving as the pilot site, in Virginia, for a program called Safe Families for Children. It’s a program for faith-based organizations and local department of social services directors are excited about it.

        “They are trying to recruit families to take children into their home when the birth family is having a crisis,” said Andy Crawford, Bedford County’s director of social services.

  • Mill’s oldest supplier

        It’s hard to imaging Loraine Reaves manning one side of a two-man crosscut saw cutting down trees.

        The little 94-year old is pretty healthy and spry, but she’s so tiny. However, that’s what she did when she and her husband, Edwin Lewis Reaves, founded Reaves Timber in 1951. Of course, she was much younger back then, but she was still a tiny little woman.

  • Local youth recognized for their effort to improve the community

        Boys with a Dream was recognized at a lunch at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Thursday.
        “All we thought they were doing was playing basketball,” commented Robert Carson, president of the Bedford chapter of the NAACP.

  • Appeasement and half-measures make our world more dangerous

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A better way for tax reform

    When it comes to the current tax system, the list of complaints is far from short – you can probably tick off a few right now. From the lengthy, overly complex tax code to the arcane, bureaucratic operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the United States is in need of a new system. There is a better way for tax reform, and it starts with focusing on a tax code and IRS that works for us, not against us. We need a tax code that we can understand and an IRS that taxpayers can actually trust.


  • Republicans begin to abandon Trump

        As Republicans across the country watch, in horror, the train wreck that is Donald Trump’s campaign, many are no doubt having an existential moment that can only be expressed as, “My God, my God, what have we done?”
            Indeed. His nomination is a looming disaster unprecedented in modern politics. Nearly each day, he proves again that he is not fit in any way to be president of this country.

  • Hillary’s chance to prove her manhood?

        China is still seething with bellicosity following a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague that ruled against China’s claims in the South China Sea. This court arbitrates conflicts between countries under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Both China and the Philippines, which filed a complaint with this court, are signatories to this treaty.

  • Salem man pleads to porn charges

    A Salem man pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography, receiving a five-year prison sentence.
        William McKinley Hollie, 49, entered the pleas last Friday, Aug. 5, as part of a deal with the prosecution.

  • Man faces charges for soliciting 14-year-old girl

        A 26-year-old man, accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl, has been indicted on the charges by a Bedford County grand jury.

        Angelo E. Paderes Sr., who is listed with a Bedford address on court records but was arrested in Georgia, is facing four counts of computer solicitation and one count of carnal knowledge. He was indicted on all of those counts by the grand jury.