Today's News

  • The 77 percent

        When they opened up their first paycheck this year, most workers found—or will find—that it contains less money.
        That’s because the New Year’s Day tax passage did not prevent the temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. For the worker making $50,000, that means they’ll be making about $1,000 less this year. About 77 percent of American workers are affected.

  • Taking on the gun Goliath

    It appears that we will have a major legislative battle in the New Year over gun control, a surprising development made possible only by the horrifying details of the latest gun massacre in Connecticut.
        We’ve tolerated these incidents for many years now, but when it comes to someone storming through an elementary school and murdering first-graders, using a weapon only the military should possess, well, that’s the stuff that should change hearts and minds.

  • Congratulations are in order

  • A good decision

    e would like to offer our congratulations to the Bedford County School Board for their decision concerning Bedford Middle School. It was a wise decision.

  • Social media posts bring out deputies

        Some social media posts, the week before Christmas, brought extra deputies to the county’s schools just before Christmas break. At least one principal, Tim Overstreet, principal of Liberty High School, sent a letter to the parents of the students on Dec. 21, explaining what was going on.
        “We worked on that just about all week,” commented Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Renovated facility helps LCM serve clients better

        The expansion of Lake Christian Ministries (LCM) facility in Moneta, located on South Old Moneta Road, is helping the organization better serve it’s clients.

        The first thing you see, upon entering the facility, is the waiting area. Prior to the renovation, there was no waiting area. Clients had to stand outside, regardless of the weather. Now they can come inside and sit down.

  • CASA volunteers needed

        Being a CASA volunteer has proven to be an ideal volunteer job for Christine Hoyne, of Forest. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are trained volunteers who are appointed by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to gather information in cases involving abused or neglected children and report back to the court on their needs.

  • Storm keeps deputies, troopers busy

        The area’s first winter storm of the season kept law enforcement busy last Wednesday. It initially started as heavy rain, but by mid-morning pellets of ice were falling from the sky, mingled with the rain.
        “It got slick fast,” said Maj. Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Chocolate and coffee get together

        What goes better with coffee than chocolate? That’s the thought that ran through Malori Bennett’s mind when she asked Carl and Mary Matice, owners of Cao Artisan Chocolate to join her in her new business. The new business is Parallel Cafe, a coffee shop that opened its doors on North Bridge Street on Dec. 1.

  • New look for post-season

      Starting with the 2013-14 school year, the high school sports landscape will look dramatically different.