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Today's News

  • Sports commentary: Pure pride

     

    It's a shame it had to end this way.

    My heart goes out to the Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team, just as it would have gone out to the Dominion squad had JF been the one to eke out the win.

    And by "eke," I mean a margin so slim it makes the Olson twins look portly.

    I'd like to write that the loss was heartbreaking.  In fact, my original headline on the story included that term.  But thinking back to the end of the match, as well as its immediate aftermath, the word seemed inappropriate.

  • 70th anniversary of D-Day renews our profound commitment to our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last week, we commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in our history, which took place on D-Day.  In honor of the anniversary of this fateful day, I participated in the National D-Day Memorial Commemoration in Bedford to commemorate the Anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied France.

     

  • EPA rules hitting the pocketbook

    In lockstep with regulatory expansion in nearly every part of our economy, on June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put forth yet another rule, this time attacking affordable and reliable energy. Once again, we see the Executive Branch bypassing Congress to enact far-reaching legislative policies that would hit families, small businesses, and manufacturers in the pocketbook.

  • Gillespie takes unlikely aim at Warner

        The Virginia Republican Party nominated Ed Gillespie on Saturday to run against incumbent Democrat Mark Warner for the U.S. Senate.
        Gillespie easily dispatched two lesser rivals, and was nominated on the first ballot. Newspapers reported that even though some 4,200 delegates had registered, less than 3,000 of that showed up and voted.

  • An example of liberal perversity

    I never see Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda before I write my column, so anything that looks like coordination between the two is not due to deliberate planning. Sometimes it’s due to two political minds running in the same gutter. In other cases, it’s pure coincidence. Last week’s Bedford Bulletin witnessed one of those coincidences.

  • Budget adopted; no more money allotted to the school system

        Unlike the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bedford County has a budget.
        The problem is, the county will only be able to appropriate local revenue until the state adopts its budget. Monday night, the county’s supervisors adopted an $89,337,592 general fund budget on a 6-1 vote.

  • D-Day dinner Chance to recognize veterans for their service

        Bernard Marie has observed the anniversary of D-Day with a dinner for D-Day veterans, with the public invited, for years.

        Friday was the 30th dinner, and it will be the last.
        Marie was 5 years old — he had just turned five the day before — and living in one of the French towns facing Omaha Beach when American troops landed. One of his memories of that time is an American soldier giving him a chocolate bar.

  • New feedlot setbacks passed by supervisors

        A joint public hearing between the Bedford County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors packed the supervisors’ meeting chamber, Monday night.
        It wasn’t even standing room only. Every seat was taken, people lined three sides of the room while others stood in the hall because there was no room for them.

  • 70th Anniversary

        By all accounts, this will be the last time D-Day veterans gather in such numbers as a group to commemorate the Normandy landing of June 6, 1944.

        It was an event to remember; it was an event urging us to never forget.

  • WWII vets share their experiences

        The 70th anniversary of D-Day brought a number of World War II veterans to the National D-Day Memorial. Here are some of their stories.

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        Kenneth Smith was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and crash-landed in a glider near Sainte-Mère-Église. He was knocked out and when he came to, he was alone in the dark with two dead bodies, the captain and the sergeant. He was 19 at the time.