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Today's News

  • Goodlatte coasts, 5th District race close

    Although the Bedford area bucked the state trend, Barack Obama became the first Democratic Presidential candidate to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The Commonwealth contributed its 13 electoral votes to Obama's 349 electoral vote win.

    Voters in the city of Bedford also favored McCain over Obama 54.75 percent to 44.18 percent (1,497 to 1,208), though the absentee ballots had yet to be counted. County favored McCain by 68.17 percent to 30.75 (24,402 to 11,007).

  • Crash claims county teen

    A county teen was killed in a head-on crash, Monday morning, while driving to school.

    According state police, Tiffany Skylar LaPrade, 16, was driving east on Va. 24 when her 2001 Toyota Camry crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Dodge Ram pick-up driven by Rodney Whorley, of Huddleston. Whorley's truck then ran off the right shoulder of the road and overturned.

    The force of the impact threw LaPrades' car back into her original lane of travel, hiting a Honda Accord driven by Crystal Mayhew, of Vinton. Mayhew was eastbound at the time.

  • Make sure on Nov. 4 you get out and vote

    In a debate held this week, Bedford Elementary students took the initiative to study and learn about the issues of this year's presidential election by thoughtfully considering the candidates' positions on those issues. The students' arguments were well researched and thought out. Let's hope the adults of this community — and this country — are willing to take that same initiative as they get ready for the Nov. 4 election. And then let's hope they turn out and vote.

  • Letters

    Shopping local for the holidays

    It’s almost Halloween and then around the corner is Thanksgiving and yes, next is Christmas. Don’t remind me!

  • The importance of tax reform

    In a letter written by Benjamin Franklin to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, Franklin said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Taxes may be a certainty for every American, but complicated taxes shouldn’t be. Today’s tax code is unfair, discourages against savings and investment, and is impossibly complex. We can all agree that the current tax system is broken, and keeping it is not in America’s best interest. We need a less burdensome tax code which will ultimately benefit our national economy and our hard working citizens.

  • Bill provides tuition help for veterans
  • Information on the SWCB water release permit meeting

    On Oct. 16 representatives of TCRC, SMLA, Marine Fire and Rescue, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, marina operators and residents of Smith Mountain Lake traveled to Richmond to attend the State Water Control Board (SWCB) meeting.

  • The choice for our time

    It has been said that sometimes history and an individual meet each other at the right moment. Without being melodramatic, that is exactly what many Americans feel about Barack Obama and his quest for the presidency.

    One prominent new convert is former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. In endorsing Obama, Powell called the Illinois senator “a transformational figure,“ exactly the kind of inspirational leader with “both style and substance,” as Powell put it, that we need right now.

  • A question of judgement?

    Some people have questioned John McCain’s judgement for selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. The same could be said for Barack Obama when one considers some of the stuff that has come out of Joe Biden’s mouth in recent weeks.

    Ol’ Joe is the fellow who thinks that Franklin Roosevelt was president in 1929 and that television existed back then. He’s also the guy who claims to hang out with blue collar guys at a diner in Delaware that went out of business years ago.

  • Commentary - We've been stubhubbed!

    Anger crackled across the telephone line.

    My brother, Dan, had called to gripe about how his plans for a World Series get-together had been overwhelmed by the finances involved.

    Dan lives in South Philadelphia, about a stone’s throw from Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies play.

    He had figured to have some family members over to his place, so as to catch a World Series game.

    It was not to be. Not at $800 a ticket, anyway.

    The Phillies’ website showed that the team was out of tickets.