Today's News

  • Congress must demand accountability on U.S. action in Libya

    Nearly three months ago U.S. forces, at the command of President Obama and without the consent of the U.S. Congress, began attacking targets in Libya controlled by Moammar Gaddafi. I think most Americans, including myself, agree that seeing this tyrannical dictator and his regime of thugs removed from power would be a good thing. However, I think most Americans, including myself, also feel strongly that American forces should not be committed to this kind of mission without the consent of the U.S. Congress. 

  • Improved pension benefits for wartime veterans

        Pension is available for wartime veterans, who are permanently and totally disabled from disabilities not related with service.  The monthly rate is increased if the veteran is married or has dependent children.

  • Of summer, sports, and…President Goode?

        Got the summer doldrums yet? The calendar tells us the season of heat is not even officially here until next Tuesday, the 21st. But we know better.

        It’s been hot, very hot, and it’s just getting started. Summer heat has a way of melting away one’s enthusiasms.
        But I’ve always found that politics and sports, enjoyed in equal measures, if possible, can usher along your uninterrupted joy of life, even in extreme weather.

  • Obama has made it worse

        Last month saw some grim economic news. Job creation has slowed to a crawl. Only 54,000 jobs were created in May — an insufficient number to keep up with the natural growth in people entering the job market. At the same time, however, hours worked by folks who have jobs increased by half a percent. Obviously employers are reluctant to hire new employees and are getting more work out of existing workers.

  • Congratulations Class of 2011

    We congratulate the close to 800 Bedford County high school graduates from the Class of 2011. You're to be commended for this achievement and for the work you've already done.

        We also  look forward to what you will accomplish in the days ahead. You have great potential: Make the most of it!
        And don't forget these words offered on your behalf at your graduation ceremonies on Saturday:

  • Goode looks back at time with Army Air Corps

        Last month Joe Goode, an Elks Home resident, was honored with the ARBE award for service to the elderly. Goode spends a lot of his time taking elderly folks, who can no longer drive, to medical appointments as well as visiting those who are hospitalized. Goode, who is 91, is actually older than many of the people he helps.

        Service isn’t something new to Goode. As a young man, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, including 35 bombing missions over Germany in a B-17.

  • Prize winning car visits Otter River

        Children at Otter River Elementary School got a look at the car that won the Progressive Automotive X Prize.

        Called Edison 2, the car can carry four people, accelerate to 100 mph and gets 129 miles per gallon on the highway. According to Bobby Mouzayck, the mechanic who accompanied it, the car’s secret is that it’s very light weight, achieved by a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber material used for its construction, coupled with aerodynamic design.

  • Students get up-close look at hot air balloon

        How do you get, and keep, the attention of an entire elementary school full of children. One way is to arrive with a balloon.

        That’s what Kevin and Amy Poeppleman did recently. The couple are hot air balloon pilots, Kevin Poeppleman has been a balloon pilot for REMAX for 30 years.
        Their visit was arranged by Nadine Blakely, a REMAX agent in the Forest area. Blakely has had a child at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School since it first opened. Her youngest starts middle school in the fall.

  • School Board asks for relief from NCLB act

    Bedford County is seeking relief from federal regulations related to the No Child Left Behind act.

        The School Board, at a meeting Thursday, unanimously approved a resolution asking for relief from the NCLB sanctions until a new law is authorized. The resolution was to be sent to the Secretary of Education as well as Virginia senators and local congressmen.

  • Storm stories

        The weekend got off to a stormy start Friday evening as a thunderstorm caused power outages in Bedford.