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Today's News

  • Keeping the focus on creating jobs

    In recent days we've seen another tough economic blow for our friends and families in Southside Virginia.

    Stanley Furniture, a fixture in Henry County for nearly 90 years, announced it will shutter its factory near Martinsville and relocate more than 560 jobs overseas by the end of this year.

    That tough news came on the heels of promising job announcements by two smaller employers just a few weeks earlier.  In too many of our rural regions, it seems we take one step forward -- and then two steps back.

  • Stalin, U.S. and Allied military deaths, and the D-Day Memorial

    Joseph Stalin bears varying degrees of responsibility for the deaths of over 37,000 American and over 60,000 Allied military personnel, plus the wounding of hundreds of thousands of others, with thousands more being imprisoned or missing in action.

        The plan to erect a bust of Stalin on a pedestal—a place of honor—at the revered National D-Day Memorial should provoke outrage in all American and Allied veterans, their families, and the public at large.

  • Obama’s agenda survives primaries

        Last week’s primary elections in several states did produce much of the anti-incumbent sentiment we’ve heard so much about, but Republicans should not assume it means they’ll take control of anything after November.

        The primaries will be long gone when it’s again football season and the leaves have turned brown. Only then will Americans vote for a new House of Representatives and several new U.S. senators.

  • Will Kagan help unchain the beast?

        Back in 1788, delegates from the 13 original states gathered in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation, which had governed the United States since they declared themselves independent from Great Britain. Instead of revising this document, they wrote a constitution for a new government, creating a federal republic.

  • Forest's fabulous fight fest

    It is unclear how long it had been since Bedford County last hosted professional boxing.

  • Cavs clinch diamond crown with win over Liberty

    It was a fitting way to earn a crown.

  • Minettes take hum-dinger on softball diamond

    If you didn’t get the softball bug watching the Liberty-Jeff Forest tilt this past Friday night, you can just give up on hoping to do so.

  • Sports commentary: A simple plan

      OK.  I’ll admit it.  I’m not a big one for change.

  • New principals

    Staunton River High School will have its fifth principal in six years, following action taken last Thursday by the Bedford County School Board. The school board also recalled two teachers who had previously been laid off because of budget cuts.

  • Local man’s play to be performed this weekend

    Theater seems to run in the Carson family genes.

        Like his uncle, Robert Carson, Joe Carson has also acted in plays and written them. One, called “Jethro’s Dead,” was performed by Little Town Players four years ago.

        His most recent, “Be Careful What You Ask For,” will debut in Bedford Middle School’s auditorium, Friday evening. Carson co-wrote the play with his wife, Jennifer.

        “I love theater,” he said.