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Today's News

  • Perriello supports American Clean Energy and Security Act

     

    Last week, the U.S. House passed historic legislation to create millions of new jobs in the clean energy economy and increase our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. I supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act because I believe it is a necessary step in declaring our energy independence and creating the energy jobs and technology of the future right here at home.

  • Honoring those who sacrifice to promote freedom and democracy

    This Fourth of July we look to the blessings of liberty and are reminded of how precious they are. 

     

    Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, a group of men, made up of merchants, lawyers, farmers, educators, soldiers, physicians and pastors, risked charges of treason, because they possessed a vision.

    They recognized that liberty is a birthright, not something granted by a king.  They had the courage of their convictions to pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor so that a new nation might be born. 

  • More Republican sex scandals

    For a national political party that needs to regroup, the news just doesn’t get any better. Not when two possible 2012 presidential candidates have sidelined their careers with sex scandals.

        Nevada Sen. John Ensign had just admitted and apologized for an affair he had when the bizarre news about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford broke.

  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail

        For nearly a week South Carolina was without a governor.

        Governor Mark Sanford disappeared on June 18. He had turned off his cell phone and was not in communication with either his political allies or his family. By June 22, the state legislature was about to declare a state of emergency in order to transfer the governor’s powers to another state official.  The only thing that stopped them was that Sanford’s aides stated that they knew where he was.

  • Breaking: Fire at Forest shopping center was accidental, authorities state

    Though a definite determination will probably never be possible, authorities from Bedford County Fire and Rescue believe that a fire that destroyed a Forest shopping center on June 20 was caused from a cigarette, or the match that was used to light it.

        From photographs submitted to the agency, Fire Marshal John Jennings determined that the fire began in some cardboard boxes at a deck behind the Blackwater Bike Shop. Those photographs were taken by Laura Layton who was inside the I.C. Studios tattoo shop at the strip mall when the fire began.

  • It's Grand for DeWitt and Powers

    Bedford’s top student-athletes assembled to receive recognition for their accomplishments last Tuesday evening.

  • Big Island gets off to big start

     

    Big Island Post 217’s American Legion team took exactly one game to heat up the season.

  • Summer is here: commentary

      Ah, the lazy, hazy days of summer!  At long last, they are upon us.

  • County supervisors say goodbye to Dr. Blevins

        Dr. James Blevins, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools until July 1, made one final appearance before the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

        “Your job was to hold all the marbles,” Dr. Blevins told the supervisors. “My job was to get as many of them as I could.”

        This time he wasn’t there to ask for anything. Blevins is retiring after 11 years as the county’s top education official. His last day is June 30.

  • Classical guitarist performs at Bower Center

        The Bower Center for the Performing Arts hosted Peter Fletcher, a classical guitarist, Saturday night.

        Fletcher’s acoustic performance ranged from baroque to a late 20th century piece by Carlo Domeniconi that borrowed from Turkish music traditions. One of the baroque compositions, a six part lute suite by Johann Sebastian Bach was particularly complex. Fletcher said it took him a year of practice before he was able to perform it in concert. Fletcher does not perform with sheet music in front of him — it’s all by memory.