Today's News

  • ‘Blue Dogs’ paid to fight health care reform

    You’d expect conservative Republicans to stand in the way of meaningful health care reform. After all, they’ve been sharpening their rhetoric about “socialized medicine” for many decades.

        But when such actions come from those within the Democratic Party itself, the usual party of reform, well, you can bet there’s some money being spread out somewhere.

  • There’s more than the devil in the details

        While Congress wrangles over ObamaCare, my home phone has been ringing off the hook. Everybody has a short recorded message they want me to listen to. It’s almost as irritating as the bad old days before the Do Not Call list when I was constantly getting pestered by telemarketers. I’ve reverted back to my habit of not picking up the phone and just letting an answering machine take the call.

  • Piggly-Wrigley-Commentary

      Having just returned from my Chicago vacation, I’d be remiss if I didn’t provide a full report to you, the loyal reader.

  • Disc-overing a new type of golf


    There’s home field advantage.  Then there’s Kenny Palmer.

  • Metro wins state title

    Laurel, Mississippi is noted for being the birthplace of Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.

  • No country for old men - sports commentary

      I’d like to open here with a clarification.  At the end of last week’s column, I alluded to submitting an application to work at the Chicago Tribune.

  • Defense spending bill includes Federal study of D-Day Memorial proposal

    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 approved by the Senate on an 87-7 vote Thursday includes language that directs the U.S. Department of the Interior to study the feasibility of adding the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford to the list of monuments and historic sites owned and operated by the U.S. National Park Service. 

        The provision was introduced by Senator Warner and co-sponsored by Senator Webb.  The two Virginia senators had introduced similar, stand-alone legislation June 8. 

  • Rape suspect sought

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rape that occurred on Goodview Road on Monday July 20.

        The victim reported to investigators that she was walking down Goodview Road, between 11 p.m. and midnight Monday night, when she was offered a ride by an unknown white male. She reported that after getting in the car, the suspect drove her to a railroad service road on Goodview Road and forced her to have sex.

  • One small step

    Larry Stanecker couldn’t have chosen a better time to go to work for Grumman Aircraft Engineering.

        Stanecker, who now lives in Goode, took the job with Grumman in 1968 when the company was knee-deep in its efforts to build the lunar landing module, or LEM,  that would help man land for the first time on the moon. A year later that effort would pay off.

        This past week, as NASA celebrated the 40th anniversary of man setting foot on the moon, Stanecker looked back in amazement of that event.

  • Indonesians get southern hospitality

        A delegation of high school students and teachers from the world’s third largest democracy are spending some time in the world’s second largest democracy.