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Today's News

  • Do Republicans have the will for reform?

        As President-elect Barack Obama (what a wonderful phrase!) prepares for his January inauguration, reaction to the election results from the other side has ranged from silence to hysteria.

        Even in the Internet age, letters to the editor of a newspaper are always an interesting barometer of what “the public” is thinking, at least some of the public.

  • Remember our troops

    As you spend time with your family and friends this holiday season, it is important to remember the thousands of servicemembers in our nation’s military who are serving the United States abroad, at home, or are recovering in military and veterans hospitals.  One way to thank and honor our military personnel is to participate in an outreach program, like the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which the American Red Cross sponsors each year.

     

  • Once again the world witnessed devastating images of people fleeing from fire, smoke and debris, grief-stricken individuals searching for their loved ones and emergency personnel becoming the first line of defense. The recent terror attacks in Mumbai, India,  which killed more than 170 people, including six Americans, and left hundreds more injured, brought back the horrors of September 11, 2001, when Americans found themselves victims of global terrorism.

  • Letters

    Ask important questions now

        The Bedford County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors are mandated to have zoning ordinances. Now is the time land owners must ask important questions of County staff,  Commission members and Supervisors as to exactly how their land will be affected by the newly proposed ordinance.

  • Breaking news: Fire destroys home

    A fire at 1832 Lazenbury Dr. in Bedford County Wednesday afternoon left the homeowner with second and third degree burns and her home destroyed.

        Firefighters from throughout the county responded to the blaze around 2:15 p.m. and when the first units arrived the home was fully involved in flames, according to Monty Coleman, Fire Chief with the Forest Fire Department.

  • Breaking: Death of child ruled a homicide

    A special grand jury will be impaneled next month to investigate the death of an eight-month old child in September.

        Bedford Police Department Chief Jim Day said this week that the death of the child, Marissa Burnette, had officially been ruled this week as a homicide.

        On Sept. 2, officers responded to 1114 Maiden Lane in the city of Bedford regarding a possible injury to the child.  The child was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital and then to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where it was later pronounced deceased. 

  • Many (un)happy returns

      Jefferson Forest discovered that Amherst is much more than a one-trick pony.

        The Lancers employed exceptional special teams play in dashing the Cavaliers’ hopes of a shot at state.

        Instead, it will be Amherst which moves on to the state semifinals, due to its 40-10 manhandling of the lads from Forest.

        The weathermen called for a brisk night.  If 25 degrees is your idea of brisk, then the evening met the criteria.

  • Seminole looks up for grabs in girls' hoops

        Every season, so the theory goes, the district title is up for grabs in just about any sport.

        This season, it appears that the theory is accurate.  With Brookville having graduated its dominance, the crown could fall upon any of the solid candidates’ heads.

        The three Bedford County teams bring a mix of old and new to the fore, and each has a shot of being in the thick of things.

  • Ingrate

        As we gather round the table this Thursday, we’ll be certain to give thanks for those blessings which we have received during the year.

        For me, the bounty has been plentiful.   I will not, however, mention the following in my thanks to the Almighty:   

  • Breaking: Chervan to close the majority of its Bedford plant

    Frank Chervan, Inc. has announced the closure of several operating units located at its Bedford plant.

        The company today notified about 90 affected workers that operations will be closed in early February.  The company will still operate a rough lumber mill in Bedford that will likely employ around 30 people.