Today's News

  • Update: Sinkhole shuts down one lane of traffic on US 460 in Bedford




  • We must return to the principles of our founding fathers

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Defending our liberties
  • Camp Lejeune water contamination

    By Bob Kibler

        From the 1950s to the 1980s, Veterans and family members living or serving at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including industrial solvents and components of fuels.

  • Stopping to marvel at the intricacy of nature

    By Jennifer Patterson

    With the emergence of the seventeen year periodical Cicadas the past few weeks, I stopped to marvel at the amazing intricacy of nature and how God works through everything around us. When I study the perfection of nature I just don’t understand how a scientist can believe in evolution. How can anyone watch the life cycle of these Cicadas or any other insect, animal or human and think that this all just exploded into place and nature evolved over millions of years or that we all possibly emerged from a swamp?

  • Va. Democrats choose superior ticket

        In their June 11 statewide primary, Virginia Democrats completed the ticket they will present to voters this fall.
        Former national chairman Terry McAuliffe is the party’s d for governor, hoping to replace the now scandal-plagued Bob McDonnell, who remains under FBI investigation.
        McAuliffe will run with two veteran Democratic legislators whom voters chose last week: Sen. Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor; and Sen. Mark Herring for attorney general.

  • They’ll probably blame it on Bush

        President Barack Obama is not having a good year as his approval rating in polls continues to sink.
        His poll ratings fluctuate from day to day in Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll. However, his approval has been on a steady downward trend since February when his approval reached his second term high, topping 55 percent. His most recent tracking poll number puts his approval at 47 percent.

  • Trust and don’t you dare verify

    Voting, and registering to vote, shouldn’t be overly burdensome.
        But it should require some amount of accountability. Apparently the federal government, and now the U.S. Supreme Court, disagree.
        The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can’t require those registering to vote to prove they are US citizens, when using the federal “Motor Voter” registration process. On a 7-2 opinion, the justices threw out an Arizona law that required those registering prove their US citizenship.

  • Turnout very low for primary

        Virginia held a primary last Tuesday to select the Democratic Party’s candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. The primary was held on June 11.
        You didn’t vote? It seems hardly anybody in Bedford or Bedford County did. According to Bedford County Registrar Barbara Gunter, only 409 votes were cast in the county.
        “That includes absentee ballots,” she said.
        “We had one precinct with zero votes,” she commented.

  • Medlin tries again for 19th House seat

        This will be Lew Medlin’s fourth try at the 19th House of Delegates seat as the Democratic Party’s nominee. Medlin was defeated three times in a row by the incumbent, Delegate Lacey Putney.
        “I had a lot of people come up to me and say, ‘You gotta run,’” Medlin said, explaining why he is giving it another try.
        There is another reason.
        “When I ran the first few times, I knew I wasn’t going to win,” he said.