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Today's News

  • Commentary--The Star Mangled Banner

    I blame Whitney Houston.

    Having witnessed yet another flagellation of the National Anthem, I can bite my tongue no longer. We have sunk to the level where we find it perfectly acceptable to allow the wanton butchering of the song that is supposed to be the one piece of music that we, as a people, have in common. Francis Scott Key did not intend his masterpiece to be countrified, romanticized, urbanized or salsasized.

  • JAKES doing its part for local youth

    If we're going to see continued appreciation for outdoor activities, particularly hunting and fishing, we will need those sports to be embraced by our youth.

    Bedford's James River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is certainly doing its part. Recently, the chapter hosted a JAKES youth event Saturday May 31. JAKES is an outreach program of the NWTF and stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship.

  • Falls, White win Grand Awards

    Student-athletes from across the county saw their efforts pay off when the Bedford Rotary Club presented its 13th annual awards last Tuesday evening.

    The event, which was held at the Liberty High School auditorium showcased numerous athletes from all three high schools in 21 distinct sports.

    The Grand Awards, given to the top male and female scholar athletes of the year, were also presented.

  • We must commit to military spending

    Now than Barack Obama is the "Democrats'" presumptive nominee, he's changing his tune. The day after the last "Democratic" primaries, Obama addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Council, a pro-Israel lobby.

    Obama told this organization, "The danger from Iran is grave and real and my goal will be to eliminate this threat." He also said he would never take the military option off the table.

  • Wishing our graduates all the best

    Senior after senior crossed the threshold Saturday from high school student to graduate ? some 700 total in Bedford County.

    Each leaves their respective schools with different memories. Each enters the next phase of their life with varying expectations and dreams.

    To the success they celebrated Saturday, we offer our congratulations. To the future they now embrace we add our hopes for success. To the the journey that's ahead we say: "Don't waste this opportunity."

  • Thanks to our D-Day veterans

    Some 40 veterans spent June 6, 2008, in Bedford commemorating the 64th anniversay of the D-Day assault. There's not as many of these heroes left this year. Each year takes a few more of them away.

    But their legacy lives on, way beyond their years. The freedoms they fought for, we now enjoy. The sacrifices they made we must always salute. The price that they paid we must never forget.

    To each of them, and to all the military men who have served and are now serving, we give our thanks.

  • Letters

    Tax increase

  • Protecting the Chesapeake Bay

    The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S., is an incredibly complex ecosystem that includes important habitats and is a cherished part of our American heritage. More than 64,000 square-miles of land drains into creeks, streams, rivers and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Almost 200 miles long, the Chesapeake Bay is a wonderful resource, still beautiful and still teeming with life that we both harvest and appreciate. But unquestionably the Bay is in need and worthy of our attention and concern and I believe everyone has a role to play in restoring it.

  • Congress should allow oil exploration and drilling

    It is vital that researchers and entrepreneurs in the United States maintain their focus on developing alternative forms of energy so that we may wean ourselves from being dependent upon foreign oil. Until those alternative forms of energy are available, we should allow the exploration and production of the reserves of oil and natural gas in the 50 states. Today, oil and natural gas account for 60 percent of the energy consumed in our nation.

  • Know what to do during severe weather

    Severe weather season has kicked into full gear in our area.