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Today's News

  • SRHS Alum Sigmon on Salem fight card

    An eight-bout boxing card this Friday evening will feature some local talent, as Scott Sigmon will take to the ring in a light heavyweight bout.

    Sigmon, a graduate of Staunton River High School, will go up against Daniel Shull in a fight on the undercard of the Andrew Farmer-Cesar Vega light welterweight fight.

    This will be Sigmon’s third pro bout, having split his first two fights. Shull will be battling for the fifth time.

  • Commentary: NFL shooting self in foot

    Meet the new NFL. It is the old NBA.

    The National Football League seems destined to wind up as the NBA did a decade ago: unloved because of coddled bad characters. Let’s take a little peek at history. The NBA thrived during the Magic-Larry-Michael years. It had rich, national television contracts with the likes of NBC.

  • Drug abuse: A cause for concern, a cause for prayer

    The Bedford Christian fellowship wishes everyone in our community to recognize that drug abuse remains a serious problem in Bedford and across the nation.

    The local statistics are eye-opening. The 2004 Bedford City/County Youth Survey Report showed 12.1 percent of Bedford County Public School District students used marijuana and another 7.6 percent used other illegal drugs. By the time they reached 12th grade, 44.8 percent of Bedford County Public School students had tried marijuana and 7.6 percent had tried cocaine. Over 21 percent of 8th graders have tried inhalants.

  • Preserving the separation of church and state

    One of America’s great traditions is the constitutional right to religious freedom. It means that anyone and everyone in this country can choose to practice any religion that speaks to them.

    It also means that anyone and everyone has the right to have nothing whatsoever to do with religion. The right to practice atheism is also guaranteed in the constitution. Again, what’s important here is religious freedom, with emphasis on the word “freedom.” In America, you can believe or not believe.

  • Who will be the best in a crisis?

    Both the "Democrats" and Republicans have chosen the best nominees they could from the field of candidates they had from which to chose.

    Of course, neither John McCain nor Barack Obama have been officially nominated by their respective conventions. However, the party conventions are nothing more than a lot of choreographed nonsense made for TV. These two guys are the nominees.

  • Tasty options

    If you've been waiting to check out what's available at the Bedford Farmers Market, this is the week to do it.

    This is Farmers Market Week across Virginia and we're being urged to choose a day to consume only foods and beverages grown or produced only in the commonwealth.

    And there's plenty to enjoy, right here in Bedford. And you just might win a prize by doing so.

  • Dry weather causes Smith Mountain Project flow reduction

    Appalachian Power is letting a little less water out of Smith Mountain lake due to dry weather.

  • Larcenies up almost 400 percent

    Last month the owner of a BMW left the keys in that car ? unlocked. Two men walking along Blue Ridge Avenue spotted the car, the keys and the opportunity.

    According to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day the men took advantage of the opportunity and stole the car, which eventually wound up in Lynchburg as the men got involved in other crimes in that community.

    One of the men allegedly involved was Joel Cunningham, 21, of Forest who has been arrested and charged with stealing the vehicle. Warrants have also been issued on a second defendant.

  • New Web site will help track biosolids

    Bedford County can't regulate where biosolids are spread, but the county can make it possible for residents to learn where it has been spread.

  • Rasoul seeks 6th District Seat

    Sam Rasoul, a Democrat from Botetourt County, hopes to be the next person to represent the 6th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

    The seat is currently held by Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Rasoul was recently in Bedford for the grand opening of the Bedford City and County Democratic Committees' headquarters.