Today's News

  • Success in education needs to be redefined

    A well-educated workforce is critical for regaining America’s long-term competitive advantage. This includes not only the higher education that will be necessary for global competitiveness, but also the solid foundation of a strong K-12 education. I have often said that there are no shortcuts to regaining our competitive advantage, so at this moment, while we recover from our current economic downturn, we know that we must be providing educational opportunities that will prepare our current and future workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • What we have learned from September 11th

    Nine years ago, Americans looked on in horror as the events of September 11th unfolded.  At the end of the day the skyline of one of our greatest cities was forever changed, the Pentagon, a symbol of America’s military strength was still smoldering, and a previously indistinguishable field in western Pennsylvania had suddenly and terribly become an unmarked grave for America’s newest heroes.

  • GOP busy defending the rich

        President Obama has finally begun to fight back on behalf of his party’s agenda and against the assumption that Americans just can’t wait to put the Republican Party back in power.

        In two speeches last week, the president laid out his agenda and assailed the proposals of the GOP and its House “Speaker-to-be,” John Boehner.

  • History poorly taught

        It seems that history is often poorly taught in America’s public schools.

  • Staying safe

    This week is Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week, a move by safety advocates to protect travelers throughout the Commonwealth.

        From walking the loop to biking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, from walking to school or to a bus stop to riding a bike in a local neighborhood, it’s important that everyone be reminded of the need for safety.

  • Perriello holds town hall

    Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello swung by Bedford, late Monday morning, for a town hall meeting. The meeting was well attended, in spite of being on a weekday morning, with most of the space in the board of supervisors’ meeting room pews filled.

        Perriello began with some comments about the economy.
        “The central challenge is how to start making things in America,” Perriello said.

  • Land will be used for research project

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday on a memorandum of understanding with Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) to let the school use two acres of county land for a research project.

        The project involves growing canola which produces an oil that can yield a biofuel. The memorandum calls for CVCC to return the land to its current state once the one-year project is done.

  • He was there

    Bedford’s annual Community Ecumenical 9-11 Prayer Breakfast had a special speaker this year.

        Sergeant Major James Smith was in the Pentagon attending a meeting when an airliner, hijacked by terrorists, crashed into the building. Smith’s meeting was being held in the same wing of the massive office building that the airliner hit.

  • Fly In honors local legend

    The New London Airport will have its 41st annual Down-Home Fly In this Sunday.

        It’s a special day because it falls on the birthday of the airport’s founder. Rucker Tibbs turns 87 that day — at least, Tibbs says he will turn 87 that day if his wife doesn’t kill him first.

  • Working hard, working smart

    Harris Printing will celebrate 30 years in business this year.

        Its owner, Robert Harris Sr., who turned 80 this year, still runs the business and his success is a testimony to working hard — and to working smart.