Today's News

  • Reducing Washington-created uncertainty and over-reach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Obamacare: Three years later
  • Benefits for veterans’ children with birth defects

    By Bob Kibler

        Children who have spina bifida or certain other birth defects and are biological children of Veterans with qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea may be eligible for a range of VA benefits, starting with compensation, a monthly monetary allowance based on the child’s degree of disability.

    About spina bifida
        Spina bifida is a condition in which the spine fails to close properly during pregnancy.

  • My winding road to the classroom

    By Kristina Karnes
    Staunton River Middle School

        Editor’s note: This essay by local teacher Kristina Karnes of Staunton River Middle School recently appeared in the Virginia Journal of Education, the magazine of the Virginia Education Association. It is reprinted with permission.

  • Baseball, politics, and all things spring

    After a winter that has seemed longer than its snow amounts would indicate, spring is indeed among us, reflected not just by the calendar but – finally – by warmer days and nights.
        We love spring so much because of the renewal it brings, the new beginning it offers. My mother, in particular, can’t wait to get the sunshine and warmer temps of April and beyond, so she can happily preside over her flowers and garden.

  • Did we commit national suicide in November?

        Congress took off for its spring break at the end of last month after the Senate produced its version of a budget for the first time in four years. Up until now the only thing it’s done is refuse to act on House bills.    

  • Making a rec of things

    One of the truly unfortunate outcomes of the city’s reversion to town status is that some employees that have provided services to city residents over the years will be losing their jobs as a result of the action.

  • Roadside Market becomes new community post office

        There was a time in the past when post offices in rural communities were often in general stores. Now, in an effort to expand its services, the Postal Service is going back to that concept with community post offices. Roadside Market (the BP station in Montvale) recently became the third such post office in Southwestern Virginia.

  • Rustic run benefits cancer healing, wellness program

        It’s time to take a 5k run through Johnson’s Orchard for a worthy cause. The annual event aims to raise money for a wellness program at the Bedford area YMCA for cancer patients.

        The program—A Path to Healing, a Bridge to Wellness—grew out of Nancy Johnson’s personal experience with cancer. She noted that there were opportunities available to help cancer patients cope with the cancer, and the side effects of the treatment, but you couldn’t get them all in one place.

  • Bedford Antique Mall has a new home

        If you’ve driven past the former Golden Corral building on U. S. 460, on the west end of Bedford, you’ve probably noticed cars parked out front. Nobody’s coming there for lunch anymore, but rather to buy antiques. Bedford Antique Mall moved into the building on March 1.

        Valerie Almond, who, along with her husband John, owns the business, said the move was preceded by a major cleanup as the building had been vacant for eight years. However, it offered them plenty of space in a high visibility location.