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Today's News

  • Golfers get early jump on things

    School calendar?  What school calendar?

    Preps duffers got a jump on the start of school, as they pounced on an early-August start to their season.

  • Keeping watch

    A new CBS sitcom, set to air on Thursday nights this fall, underscores the need for parents to take control of what their children watch and hear.

        “(Bleep) My Dad Says,” will star William Shatner, and the title, which actually uses a series of symbols to suggest an expletive, has drawn fire from the Parents Television Council. The PTC has sent letters out to more than 300 would-be advertisers of the show urging them not to support the show unless the title is changed.

  • Risking it all for freedom's sake

        A local veteran, a retired sergeant major with four decades of service, recently sent me an e-mail that showed that some people still appreciate us.

  • As usual, the GOP has no program

        If we believe conventional political wisdom, the Republican Party is set to make major legislative gains in this year’s mid-term elections, perhaps even taking over the House and/or the Senate.

    Generally, this is hardly shocking. The party in the White House almost always loses in the mid-terms, sometimes badly.

  • Reducing government spending is essential to job creation

    Folks all across our nation are worried.  They worry if their job is still going to be around in six months.  They worry about what will happen to their families, their children, and their homes if their employer shuts down and they find themselves out of work.  Unfortunately, too many people are facing this situation today with nationwide unemployment hovering around ten percent.

  • Working to level the playing field for American businesses.

  • Supervisors turn down SML area water/sewer project

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to deny a special use permit for a private water and sewage system that would serve proposed subdivisions on Smith Mountain Lake in the Goodview area. The vote was 5-0 with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp and District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry absent. The planning commission had given the project a thumbs down earlier this year on a 4-2 vote.

  • Bedford participates in national program to promote crime prevention through citizen involvement

    National Night Out, a national program designed to promote crime prevention awareness, generate support for law enforcement and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, has been going on for 27 years. This year, Bedford joined in for the first time with a city-wide event held at the Farmers’ Market last week.

  • High wind, lightning cause problems

    A collision between a cold front, rolling out of the north, and hot, humid air brought high wind and lightning to the Bedford area Thursday afternoon.

        “It was really hot and humid over the area,” said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office.
        The result of the collision between the air masses created storms that went high in the atmosphere. Chenard said that storms that go as high as Thursday’s storms create strong straightline winds at the surface.

  • Keeping watch: Parkway ecologist keeps eye on plants

    The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary has Chris Ulrey, the Parkway’s plant ecologist, traveling to various communities with a presentation on the national park’s diversity of flora. Not that Ulrey spends a lot of time behind a desk. His job gets him out to lots of places, including up in tall trees. He’s also the Parkway’s arborist.