Today's News

  • Community Events and Calendar (week of June 8, 2011)


  • Church news (week of June 8, 2011)


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  • A pro-growth plan to spur job creation in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Central and Southside Virginians have made it abundantly clear that the most important issue facing the people of the 5th District is job creation, and the disappointing May unemployment report highlighted the critical need for real change in our nation’s Capitol.


  • Americans deserve a waiver from the new health care law

    Nearly a year and a half ago, with total disregard for the will of the American people, President Obama signed the new health care reform legislation into law. This new law is defined by federal regulations, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt at a cost to our country too high to bear.

  • ‘Tea Party’ flexing its alleged muscle

        In the Virginia legislative elections for this year and in next year’s presidential race, we haven’t seen the end of the “tea party” thing. Not yet, anyway.

        It seems their candidates are popping up everywhere and their alleged influence is under scrutiny at the national level.

  • Giving credit where credit is due

        I’m still am not sure what to make of President Barack Obama. I’ve seen some Facebook postings nominating him as the worst president ever, although I don’t think that description fits him. Jimmy Carter still has a firm grip on that honor and I’ve come to the conclusion that President Obama is not Jimmy Carter II.

  • Day of Caring

        Every year, United Way of Central Virginia recruits volunteers for its annual Day of Caring. The volunteer teams, drawn mainly from various companies, do projects for agencies that don’t have the resources to do these themselves.

        Two teams came to Bedford. Lynchburg Community Services sent a crew of 20 to do landscaping work at the Bedford Area YMCA. They worked on existing planting beds, mulching, pulling weeds and planting new plants.

  • Luncheon features 70 years of history

        A retiree luncheon at Smyth featured 70 years of local history.

        It was living history. The oldest employees who showed up started work just before the U. S. entry into World War II. The local plant, originally Piedmont Label, has been in business since 1919.  The plant got a new name after it was purchased by Smyth a few years after the turn of the century.

  • Journey seeks answers for small business

        You may have seen a covered wagon passing through the Bedford area this past week.

  • Bedford program seeks to help adults who can’t read

        Discussion at a woman’s Bible study about how they, as a group, could meet a need in the community led to the creation of an adult reading program in Bedford.

        “As a group we were trying to see what some of the biggest needs in the county were that we could be capable of meeting,” stated Janice Dixon, Reading Depot program director. “As far as volunteering this seems to be something people feel they can do.”