Today's News

  • Boys soccer kickoff

      Boys soccer is expected to continue its development in Bedford County this spring.  How that development translates into trophies and accolades remains to be decided.

  • America can’t afford inaction

    Last year’s Congress failed in their most basic governing responsibility by not passing a budget for the first time since the Congressional Budget Act was adopted in 1974, and what we are currently seeing are the real and negative consequences of allowing reckless government spending to go unchecked.


  • Protecting small businesses from job killing mandates

    More than 90 percent of all American employers are small businesses and they generate approximately 70 percent of the new jobs created in the United States each year. 

    Small businesses are crucial to the American economy and account for a significant majority of new product ideas and innovation.  Small business owners across the country want to invest in their firms and hire new workers, but instead they are bracing for costly government mandates and regulations.

  • Spring and political warning signs

        Is it just me, or has it been a long winter and we all feel very much ready for spring?

        Certainly, we didn’t have the major snow events we had last winter, but it just seems that there have been too many dark and dreary days, punctuated by their very short length.
        So, I’m happy to report - if you haven’t checked the calendar - that spring arrives this Sunday, March 20. This also means that major league baseball - and the local minor league versions - are just around the corner.

  • A lack of leadership

        Last month I pondered whether President Barack Obama will turn out to be Bill Clinton II or Jimmy Carter Jr. At that time, I thought that he was leaning more toward the Carter presidency model, and it seems that he’s continuing in the footsteps of our hapless 39th president.

  • Ranch provides home for both young, old — horses, that is

    By Peter Sawyer

    Intern Writer

        Marilyn and April Slocum do not get rid of the old or disabled horses at Slocum’s Appaloosa Ranch in Moneta.  They own 84 horses of all ages; the older horses are pushing 40 and some are blind.
        “I keep trying to get less, but somehow it doesn’t happen,” Marilyn Slocum said. “The idea is to raise a couple horses each year and turn them into replacements for the horses that retire.”

  • Wigs, hair pieces among offerings of business

    By Peter Sawyer

    Intern Writer

        Alice Hampton said hair loss is one of the most emotional experiences for a person.
        Hampton has been a hair dresser since 1968.  Because one of her loved ones experienced hair loss, she has a passion for providing people with hair replacements.  She opened Beautiful Naturally: Wigs and Hair Pieces inside Salon Marinos on Forest Road a year ago.  She runs it with her daughter, Nicki Mohler.

  • The gift of fixing cars

        There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4 NKJV).

  • Pongracz to have mental evaluation

        A 29-year-old Goode woman, accused of attacking her 77-year-old boyfriend last May at his home, will undergo a psychological evaluation before standing trial for first degree murder.

        Kristina Pongracz was indicted on the murder charge earlier this month by a Bedford County grand jury. Prosecutors decided to seek the murder indictment, in addition to her initial charge of aggravated malicious wounding, following the release of  the medical examiner’s report ruling the death of William Herchenrider in August as a homicide.

  • Huddleston man served in British Army during WWII

        Some of the Bedford area’s World War II veterans served in the armed forces of America’s allies. One of them is David Mends. Now, 93, Mends lives in Huddleston and he has actually emigrated to the United States twice.