Today's News

  • A part of Bedford's history

    A living part of Bedford County’s history walked into history, Friday.

  • Exploring the Park’s options

    For the second time in its history, plans for Explore Park to become a multi-million dollar family vacation destination spot have fallen by the wayside.

        At the Park’s inception, the plan was for a $350 million Lewis and Clark-themed park with hotels, a zoo, retail and other attractions. The park would eventually take a different route, before falling on hard times in 2007. That’s when the living history portion of the park shut down because of a lack of funds.

  • Letters

    Empower and honor our Constitution

        As we honor and empower our wounded warriors, constituents owe it to them to honor and empower our wounded constitution.

        We should never assume that all elected officials are vigilant in empowering and honoring our constitution.

        As it is the duty of soldiers to serve and protect our freedom, so it should be the duty of constituents to purge elected officials straying from the constitution for their own personal empowerment.

  • Legislation will help community banks and small business

    As I travel around our communities, I constantly hear from small business owners that the banks just will not lend, particularly the big banks that got bailed out. Even in these tough times, we know that two out of every three new jobs is created by a small or medium-sized business, and we know that this job growth is being limited by a lack of capital lending.


  • Tragedy in the Gulf

    Nearly two months ago an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.  This explosion, which tragically took the lives of eleven hard working Americans, resulted in an environmental catastrophe like we have never seen before.  The oil spill continues to have an enormous impact on the Gulf Coast region, its economy, and the environment.

  • Women’s veterans health care

    Women veterans are eligible for the same benefits as male veterans.  Comprehensive health services are available to all women veterans including primary care, specialty care, mental health care and reproductive health care services.

        The following questions and answers should be helpful to the woman seeking VA healthcare assistance.

        1. What services are available to women veterans?  A full continuum of comprehensive health care including health promotion is available at VA medical facility convenient to you. 

  • Summer will be long, hot, darkly hilarious

        Even while memories of last winter’s heavy snows still linger, we face a long hot summer.

        Given the state of our world today, a sense of humor is a necessary tool of survival. Summer seems to bring out the silly season in both politics and sports, the latter being something I enjoy as a diversion from more serious matters (probably another survival tool).

  • Evil is real

        Helen Thomas’ career ending rant a few weeks ago was interesting.

        The geriatric liberal was at a Jewish Heritage Celebration at the White House, May 27, when she told a rabbi, on camera, that Jews should get out of Palestine and go “home” to Poland, Germany, America and elsewhere.

  • New D-Day Memorial Foundation president selected

    Robin Reed, who most recently served as the director of public history for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, has been named as the next president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. An official announcement from the Foundation is expected next week.

        In a telephone interview Thursday, Reed said he was looking forward to helping the D-Day Memorial Foundation “reach its next level of success” and “establish itself as a premiere tourism destination.”

  • Sports commentary: Spring conflict

      My editor approached me the other day, asking if I’d lend a hand in covering the upcoming graduation exercises of our three high schools.