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Today's News

  • UVA ends distance engineering program

    By Matthew Burrill

    The University of Virginia’s distance engineering program, known as the PRODUCED program, is coming to an end at a time where it seems education is moving more in the direction of online degrees.

  • An ignorant retreat on climate change

         In December, more than 2,000 scientists signed a letter to Donald Trump urging him to recognize reality about climate change and not reverse the U.S. commitment, under President Obama, to address this global problem.
         But as we’ve long known, appealing to this man through facts means absolutely nothing. He doesn’t recognize facts that don’t already jibe with his own “thinking,” a word that belongs in quotes because no one can be sure how his bizarre mind actually works, whether real thinking ever occurs.

  • It’s been easy to roll us

        Some hostile foreign powers have found it easy to roll us in the past because of our general reluctance to get tough along with our often bi-polar approach to foreign policy. Take the Soviet Union and Fidel Castro’s Cuba, for example.

  • Dealing with gangs

        Living in Bedford County can sometimes shield us a little from what many others deal with on a daily basis.
        And then we get a wake up call.
        That came this past week when a teenager’s body from Lynchburg was found on Roaring Run Road. Authorities are calling the homicide of the teen the result of MS-13 gang-related activity involving several undocumented illegal aliens.
        Folks got concerned.

  • 3 charged in teen's murder

    Three men charged with second degree murder in connection with the March 27 death of a Lynchburg teenager, whose body was found in Bedford County, are undocumented Salvadoran illegal immigrants with ties to the notorious MS-13 gang, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown announced Friday.

  • Boxwood Blight – a new disease present in Virginia

    By Scott M. Baker
    Extension Agent, Agriculture

        Boxwood blight (also known as box blight) is a serious fungal disease of boxwood that results in defoliation and decline of susceptible boxwood.  It has been identified in Bedford and we are raising awareness in an effort to minimize its impact. 

  • A canary in the coalmine?

    By  James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Could the terrorist attack on British Parliament be a cultural canary-in-the-coal-mine for us?  Will the London attacker who repeatedly plunged a knife into a policeman guarding Westminster be celebrated by some Brits as a modern-day Guy Fawkes?

  • Trump clobbered on health care bill

        For a man who imagines himself to be as “tough” as Donald Trump, he sure caved real fast on health care, didn’t he? What was that all about?
        Republicans spent nearly eight years demonizing the Affordable Care Act, obsessing over repealing “The Great Evil Of Our Time,” as I suggest they think of it. There had been no greater priority than beating back the horrors of this awful, communistic law.

  • Reliable allies

        The United States has a bad track record of leaving allies to hang out and dry. We did that with South Vietnam when North Vietnam unified the country by force after we withdrew combat troops.

  • Big Island VFD holds awards dinner

         Although the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department has been around since 1951, its awards banquet is a relatively recent event.

        The department has only been holding it for a few years. It grew out of a much older event, the ladies appreciation night. This was an event to thank wives for letting their husbands get out of bed at 3 a.m. to go put out a fire.
        “I’ll be back in a little bit and it’s eight hours later,” commented Deputy Chief Clint Dudley.