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Today's News

  • Unsung hero: Cheek remembered for service

    When Linda and Charlie Exley first arrived in the Bedford area 19 years ago, Elisha “John” Cheek and his wife, Patricia, befriended the Yankee refugees.

        The Exleys met the local couple because Patricia Cheek collected dolls and Linda Exley had a doll shop at the time.

        “They invited us for Christmas,” she said. “They became our Virginia parents.” For the Exleys and many others, John Cheek’s death earlier this year was a heartfelt loss.

  • Orchardist steps in to organize farmers market

    ith Bedford Main Street currently without a director, a local orchardist has stepped in to reorganize the Bedford Farmers Market.

        Along with being a son of a multi-generation Bedford County farm family, Ronnie Gross is also one of the farmer representatives on the county’s agribusiness board. Along with being part of the family orchard business, he has Mountain Valley Produce LLC, a wholesale company that distributes to restaurants and stores.

        “It gives restaurants a chance to buy local,” he said.

  • The House has decided to attack the energy problem by tilting at windmills

    Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello is touting the fact that he voted for last week’s cap-and-trade energy bill, even though he knows it’s not widely supported in his district. Even worse, he voted for it though it has the potential, some say, to be the most costly tax increase in American history.

  • Letters

    What a privilege to live here

  • 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.