Today's News

  • My predictions for 2012

        Sometimes, when I’m in a long check-out line at the grocery store, I’ll glance at those tabloids that you see there. I wouldn’t actually pay money for one of those things, and I probably wouldn’t even pay attention to them if it wasn’t for the fact that I get really bored. You know which ones I mean. Some have celebrity gossip. Then, there are those that have headlines like “Two-headed Man Gives Birth to Iguana.”

  • Commission on Local Government to look at Bedford reversion agreement

        Bedford’s reversion to town status still has a long road to travel.
        Ever since the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford City Council voted, in September, to approve a reversion agreement between the city and county, city and county staff have been assembling a packet of information to send to the Virginia Commission on Local Government.  According to Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski this commission looks at all agreements between local governments in the Commonwealth.

  • County has $3 million left from past fiscal year

        A lot of people have leftovers after holiday meals. An audit, completed last month, revealed that Bedford County has leftovers of a different sort — $3 million that was appropriated but not spent during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. The savings was a achieved by not filling vacant positions unless absolutely necessary and not replacing equipment that wasn’t vital.
        What will the supervisors do with this money?

  • Lynch's law

        Jennifer Thomson, genealogical librarian at Bedford Museum, is often asked a strange question by visitors. Folks from out of state will notice the neighboring city of Lynchburg and ask if it has anything to do with lynching. This started her thinking, and researching. She found that there is indeed a connection, but it’s not what you would expect.

  • Local resident kicked off tradition of Cokes at Grand 58 years ago

        Little did she know that she’d be making history.

  • Bravery in combat honored

        Air Force Staff Sergeant Daniel “Shep” Garrett was recently awarded the Bronze Star, America’s fourth highest award for bravery or meritorious service in a combat zone. Garret is a 1998 graduate of Staunton River High School.        “We’re very proud of Shep,” said Judy Garrett, his mother. “But, we are very worried about him.

  • 'The old man and the tree'

        Some of our senior citizens while away the hours engaged in vigorous rounds of mahjong.

        Others from the silver-haired set are known to play bridge.  Still others may engage in bowling or golf.
        Then there's Clyde Roberts.
        This gentleman gets up in the wee hours, drives his tractor into the woods, then scrambles up a 24-foot ladder to a stand perched in a tree 22 feet in the air.

  • 2012 and beyond: A different America

    In the 2008 presidential election, the word “change” became the operative description of what both campaigns were promising. Barack Obama started it, and John McCain then tried to adapt it to his own purposes.
        As we approach the New Year, it seems apparent that America is at the beginning of many profound changes in the years and decades to come. Most of these changes won’t be the kinds of things a politician would campaign on.

  • Howell’s hero and other thoughts

        Christopher Hitchens now knows that God indeed exists. Hitchens, an apparently angry atheist, died on Dec. 15 — unrepentant as far as I know.

  • Howell’s hero and other thoughts

        Christopher Hitchens now knows that God indeed exists. Hitchens, an apparently angry atheist, died on Dec. 15 — unrepentant as far as I know.