Today's News

  • Facebook, America’s newest small town

    By Beck Stanley


        Facebook is turning our world into a small town. From constant streams of useless rumors, to the birthdays of all 975 of your “friends,” the social networking site is building us into a digital community. People are able to log on, post whatever is on their mind about themselves or others, and later face few consequences for clicking “Remove Post,” an action that can erase prior behavior. Let’s see that happen in real life.

  • GOP Medicare scheme defeated

        Rep. Paul Ryan’s radical plan to end Medicare as we know it has met with two immediate results: defeat in the U.S. Senate, and a galvanizing point of organization for Democrats.

        Last week’s special U.S. House election in the state of New York surely gave Republicans a shock. Democrat Kathy Hochul won the race in a district that has rarely elected anyone from her party.

  • More fiscal drama ahead

  • Be safe, have fun

    The unofficial kick off of summer took place this week and Smith Mountain Lake was full with those enjoying all the offerings it has.

        With the summer season upon us, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 

  • SRHS students display their best work

        One often reads about the exploits of high school athletes.

        One can’t help but notice the academic achievements of high schoolers when the honor rolls are published.
        Last week, folks got a chance to see high schoolers excel in another area:  that of the fine arts.
        Staunton River’s library was chock-full of gorgeous pieces of artwork, all of it turned out by its 200+ arts students.

  • JROTC awards ceremony honors cadets

        According to Major William Brown, who heads the JROTC program at Bedford Science and Technology Center, he had an outstanding group of seniors this year. Maj. Brown mentioned this in closing remarks at the program’s annual awards dinner last week.

        The awards dinner gives veteran and civic organizations a chance to honor cadets for performance during the past academic year.

  • Walk across the country nearing its destination

    And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23 (NASB)

  • George Allen calls for diversified energy policy

        George Allen, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Senate in 2012, called for a diversified energy policy on a visit to Bedford County, Wednesday.    

  • City budget, school board selections fill agenda

        A public hearing on Bedford’s budget, last week, drew no speakers.

        “There is no proposed increase in the real estate tax rate or personal property tax rates,” stated City Manager Charles Kolakowski in a letter to the mayor and City Council members last month. “There is no proposed increase in the solid waste charges.”

  • Guilty of child abuse, woman is pregnant again — and in jail

        Back in March, a Bedford County jury sentenced Cecelia Burnette to eight years in prison after convicting her of felony child abuse, on March 17, in the death of her infant daughter, Marissa. Last week, she was back in Bedford County Circuit Court for formal sentencing.

        And she’s pregnant, with a new child on the way.
        Burnette’s defense team of David Oblon and Hilary Griffith put Burnette’s mother on the stand in an effort to persuade Judge James Updike to impose a different sentence.