Today's News

  • Rubatex closes its doors again

    Rubatex has, for the second time in 10 years, ceased operating.

        The company was once a major fixture of Bedford’s industrial landscape, employing 1,200 people. It was just a shadow of its former self when it closed its doors for a short period in 2004. It reopened after being purchased by SEDO Chemical, a German manufacturer, later that year. The company was later purchased by Dominik Menakker, a German national. He became sole owner of Rubatex on January 1, 2008. At its most recent peak it employed about 60 people.

  • More concerns raised

    The pressure continues to build for the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to remove the bust of Josef Stalin from the Memorial grounds.

        Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Tom Perriello weighed in on the issue last week as did the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. They all called for the bust to be removed.

  • Letters

    School Board thanks


  • Our country is going to have to take some big steps to reduce our debts
  • The Stalin bust has no place at the D-Day Memorial

    As we gather together in the midst of family BBQ's, parades and fireworks commemorating our nation’s independence, we also remember and honor our founding fathers and their vision of a great and free nation.  Nearly 170 years later, 35 boys from Bedford stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion with hundreds of thousands of allied forces.  These brave men answered the call to service and many paid the last full measure of devotion so that we can enjoy the freedoms and liberties envisioned by our founding fathers.

  • History distorted in Stalin bust debate

        I find it difficult to believe that the most important issue before Bedford County government right now could be the Stalin bust at the National D-Day Memorial, but apparently it is.

        County supervisors gave veterans a highly publicized forum and then voted unanimously to pass a resolution telling the memorial’s governing foundation that - as television news dramatically put it - “the Stalin bust must go!”

  • Fireworks, events abound for Fourth of July celebration

    There will be plenty to do this Fourth of July weekend in the Bedford area.

        From Smith Mountain Lake to the Peaks of Otter, Poplar Forest to Centertown Bedford numerous events are planned to help area residents celebrate this nation’s independence.

        Fireworks are scheduled for both the Lake (on July 3) and in Bedford (July 4). The local events include:

    Libertyfest: Independence Day celebration to be held in Centertown July 4

  • Minutemen host hoops, diamond camps

    Rest assured, sports fans.  Liberty High’s teams seemed well poised for the future.

    That is, if the jocks that came out to the Minutemen baseball and basketball camps are portents of the future.

  • Liberty soccer camp heats up

    The World Cup wasn’t the only soccer going on last week. 

  • Making his way to D.C.

    With the emergence of Stephen Strasburg, getting into Nationals Park has become somewhat problematic.