Today's News

  • Hoist by her own petard
  • Local tragedy sends shockwaves across the world

        It didn’t take long for word to spread.
        There had been a shooting at Smith Mountain Lake – on live TV.
        At first there was confusion. But soon it became all too clear.
        Tragedy had struck the Lake community, the media family—and, the world.
        At times like this, people come together.

  • Bernie Sanders burnin’ it up

        Even in the Summer of Donald Trump – the mainstream media’s favorite obsession – there’s another presidential candidate whose ability to draw huge crowds and resonate with his supporters cannot be ignored.
        He’s Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is reminding Democrats that we do indeed have a choice – not just a role in a coronation – when it comes to who will be our presidential nominee next year.

  • Not free trade but fair trade

        I’m a free trade skeptic. I’m more interested in fair trade than free trade.

  • Back to school time is here!

    By Sheriff Michael J. Brown
    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office

        Yes, it’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and the youngsters are headed back to school. Whether it’s their first year or their twelfth, school traffic and activities bring on a whole new level of excitement and anxiety for students as well as those driving in school zone areas. Please be aware that youngsters will be walking to school, riding bikes and loading and unloading from buses.

  • Will Republicans let Trump destroy them?

        As readers know, I am not a fan of the Republican Party. I do not wish to write, say, or take any action that would help its electoral prospects.
        As a student of history, however, I have respect for the role the GOP plays in our two-party system. I also remind people that it wasn’t always the backward, right-wing force it is today in American politics.

  • An unwelcome French export

        I saw an interesting chart in The Economist earlier this month. It was in a section called “The World If” which speculated what would happen if certain things occurred. It contained some horrifying scenarios, such as a 400 meter in diameter asteroid hitting the earth or Hillary Clinton being elected president. Personally, if I had to choose between these scenarios, I would opt for the asteroid as the less destructive of the two.

  • Progress in the people’shouse

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Reining in red tape

    It should be common sense. The more federal regulations that put the squeeze on small businesses and job creators, the greater the negative impact is on economies throughout the nation. Nevertheless, the regulations and red tape continue to stream down from the federal government.


  • What would the Lipscombs think?

    By Janet Peggans

        In 1857 three young men — George, John, and James Lipscomb from Pittsylvania County — bought 20 acres of land from Stephen Harris on Terry’s Branch and the Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. It was along this branch that the village of Moneta developed.