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Today's News

  • Letters

    On behalf of local owners

  • About what the Constitution doesn't say

    When I was at Lynchburg College, I took a wonderful Constitutional Law class as part of my political science major. We studied a great number of U.S. Supreme Court cases, and not just the ones - such as Roe v. Wade - that we’ve all heard of, but other cases lesser known that led to more dramatic decisions.

  • A broad brush approach needed

    Congressman Virgil Goode is right when he calls for a broad brush approach to energy. There is no magic bullet that will solve our energy needs.

    The first thing we need to do is drill wherever oil may be found. The House "Democrats'" drilling bill falls well short on this count. It limits offshore drilling to beyond 50 miles from the coast and requires coastal states to agree. Otherwise, drilling is limited to beyond 100 miles from the shoreline. It doesn't provide for sharing royalty payments with these states, so they'll have no incentive to agree.

  • Bedford girl has Africa in her heart

    A mission trip to Africa may be turning into something more that short-term for a Bedford County teen.

    Renee Bach was two months past her 18th birthday when she landed at Entebbe Airport, outside Kampala, Uganda, on Sept. 18, 2007. She came as a short-term missionary to work in an orphanage. The experience she got was more than a culture shock.

    "I was supposed to be picked up by the orphanage I was going to," she said. "When I arrived, there was no driver."

  • UFO conference to be held at Lake this weekend

    The Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) will hold a conference at Mariners Landing this weekend. It starts, Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m.

    According to Susan Swiatek, state director for MUFON's Virginia chapter, MUFON is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization that promotes the scientific study of UFOs. Swiatek said the national organization maintains a case management system that allows the public to report sightings and investigators to update information on sightings. She said the database is still evolving.

  • U. S. attorney wants to be state attorney general

    Although sate elections won't be held until next year, candidates seeking the Republicans' nomination for attorney general are already making their rounds. Earlier this month, John Brownlee stopped by Bedford to speak at a Republican Party dinner.

    Brownlee said his father was career military.

    "When I was a kid, we traveled around, all over," he said.

  • Bedford earns Storm Ready designation

    Bedford has earned the National Weather Service's Storm Ready designation.

    The city is only the fourth locality in the area covered by the Weather Service's Blacksburg office, an area that covers 52 communities, to earn that distinction. It's only the 18th locality in Virginia to earn the designation.

    What this means, according to Phil Hysell, the Blacksburg office's warning coordination meteorologist, is that Bedford has made specific efforts to be prepared for a natural disaster.

    One requirement is a 24-hour emergency warning point and operations center.

  • Festival, local agencies help take care of displaced animals

    Area residents and agencies joined together this week to help the Bedford County Animal Shelter and the animals housed there.

    Work under way at the shelter could have potentially led to some animals having to be euthanized, had the animals not been adopted or taken in by other agencies this week. “That didn't happen. That's ancient history,” noted Scott Polinek, facilities manager for the shelter. “Everybody in the area has really stepped up to help us out.”

  • County considers dropping decals, but will make up lost revenue

    Bedford County's supervisors will vote, Wednesday night, on a plan to get rid of the county decals that cars must now have stuck to their windshields. The vote is scheduled to occur following a public hearing on the issue.

  • Bruins give Minutemen a reality check

    The fun part of the schedule is over.

    The Bruins of Blacksburg threw a bucket of cold water into the collective face of the Liberty Minutemen and took a 28-13 victory.

    Facing a tremendous quarterback and their own injury bug, the Minutemen found themselves down 14-0 before they even knew what hit them.

    The Bruin (3-0) lead was established when signal caller Trey Gresh heaved two perfect pitches and both resulted in end zone celebrations.