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Today's News

  • I’m really getting old


        I normally complete my column by Friday so that the editor has time to read and approve it. Neil Armstrong died on a weekend, and Tom focused the editorial on that. Now, it’s my turn to write something because the moon landing was a big event from my past, and in some ways it seems like it was just last year. Armstrong’s death reminded me of just how long ago that was. Forty-three years ago! Wow, I’m really getting old!

  • Let the races begin

    he Republicans had their day in the sun down in Tampa last week; the spotlight is on the Democrats this week in Charlotte.
        And on Friday, following the last speech at the convention Thursday night, the countdown to election day is officially on.
        For Virginians, that’s a good-news, bad-news scenario.

  • Painful journey

        A long painful journey began for Danny Perdue, of Moneta, after he was injured in an automobile accident on Jan. 20, 1989. Perdue, who was driving a 1977 Ford LTD Landau, was rear-ended.

        “I was rear ended at 55 mph,” he said. “It broke my seat loose.”
        An ambulance arrived but Perdue declined transport. He said that his car was still drivable, so he drove himself to the emergency room.

  • YOVASO message reaches middle schoolers

        After an award winning year of spreading the message, Liberty High School’s Youth of Virginia Speak Out club is reaching out even more.

  • Pie Lady turns 75

        Ruth Crouch, Bedford’s famous “Pie Lady,” turned 75 on Aug. 29 and the folks at Backstage Salon on South Bridge Street in Bedford gave her a little birthday celebration.

        Crouch, who formerly managed D. Reynolds before it closed at the end of last year has set up her sewing shop, doing alterations, at Backstage.
        “We wanted her to be with us so we could keep an eye on her,” said Annette Goad, who manages the salon.

  • Keeping the memory alive

        Bedford has the National D-Day Memorial, dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the men who landed on D-Day, on June 6, 1944, and fought in the hedgerows of Normandy that summer.

         France, in turn, hosts 15,000 graves of American soldiers who died in that fighting. There, a French organization called Association Les Fleurs de la Memoire, is dedicated to keeping the memory alive by regularly placing flowers on these graves.

  • Eric Thompson to challenge for District 3 School Board seat

        The special election for the District 3 School Board seat will be a two-way race after all.
        Dr. John Hicks, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Brad Whorley, is being challenged by Eric Thompson.

  • New exhibit looks at moonshining in Virginia, Bedford County

        Moonshining is getting a lot of attention locally with the opening of the movie “Lawless,” based upon Depression-era bootlegging in Franklin County.
        A new exhibit at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library will explore the issue as well.
        “Ardent Spirits & Mean Whiskey: A History of Moonshining in Bedford County & Virginia’s Southside” is opening this week at the Bedford Museum.

  • Child drowns at Smith Mountain Lake

        At 12:26 p.m. Sunday Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Goodview residence reporting a 6-year-old child missing from the home on Smith Mountain Lake.
        The caller advised that the child had been missing 15 minutes prior to making the call. Rescue personnel along with law enforcement were dispatched to the scene.

  • Crist-al clear win

      Liberty got its season off on the right foot.