Today's News

  • Like Santa's reindeer

    Saturday saw the first snow flurries in the city.

  • We must not let anything happen to stifle the growth

    Last week, Congress completed several pieces of overdue legislation to provide economic relief for the middle class and the unemployed, approve adequate reimbursements for doctors under Medicare, and to censure a senior legislator following an ethics investigation. In the weeks remaining in the 111th Congress, we have an opportunity and obligation to complete meaningful work on job creation and economic relief for working families, on a bipartisan basis wherever possible.

  • Tax increases are not the way to rebuild our economy

    The American people continue to face one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.  The latest unemployment numbers mark the 16th consecutive month that our nation’s unemployment rate has been at or above 9.5 percent – the longest period since the Great Depression.  Unfortunately, these are numbers that the American people are all too familiar with and yet the Democrats in Congress continue to pursue an agenda that will further threaten American job creators and families.  

  • Don’t let ‘Scrooge’ ruin your holiday

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown


    Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

  • End the wars; cut military spending

        Do you ever wonder how it could be that most Americans are so unconcerned, so blasé, about a U.S. war in a strange, foreign country where we have now been embroiled for nearly 10 years?

        How many of us, in our daily routines, ever even hear people talking about this war, one way or the other? Either for it or against it? While the Iraq war was raging, during Bush’s last term, Afghanistan was occasionally mentioned as “the forgotten war.”

  • You ain’t seen nothin’ yet

        Rick Howell made an interesting effort, in last week’s The Liberal Agenda, to make Nancy Pelosi seem like just a sweet li’l ol’ granny. When Granny Pelosi rammed a massive health care reform bill though the House of Representatives, she had our best interests at heart. She just wants to make sure we all have good health care when we get a runny nose.

  • For now it’s a fair compromise

    The President’s willingness to reach an agreement with Republicans on controversial tax issues is the right step to take. The real question now becomes whether the Democrats in Congress will follow suit and actually pass the proposal.
        That’s a lot less likely.

  • Burns leave local farmer with some major bills

    A long journey for a Bedford County dairy farmer began with a routine day’s work. It was Oct. 9.

        “A very lovely autumn afternoon,” recalled Danny Cottrell. “I was raking hay.”

  • Coast to coast

    A grandmother is walking across America to call attention to the need of bone marrow donors.

        Jeana Moore’s journey started in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 19, 2009. After strolling down the West Coast to Los Angeles, she turned eastward. She walked through Bedford County recently, her route taking her down U. S. 460 with stops in Bedford and Goode. She’s been walking between 12 and 15 miles a day.
        “During the summer, I was doing 18 to 20 through the desert,” she said.

  • School board to take close look at budget

    The Bedford County School Board will look at the upcoming year’s budget line by line, looking for savings.

        Randy Hagler, the school division’s chief financial officer, believes he has already found one place to save. Hagler presented his idea to the school board during a marathon work session last week.