Today's News

  • Cash ransom payments to Iran endanger Americans

    You’ve heard the old phrase: if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. In this case, the Obama Administration secretly paid $400 million in cash to Iran on the same day Iran released several American hostages. I don’t know about you, but that looks an awful lot like a ransom payment to me.


  • Before we go Pink, let’s go Gold

        I think at this point we all know that October is breast cancer awareness month.  
        For a few weeks the world wears pink ribbons, the White House changes to pink, and the NFL covers their players in pink shoes and gloves.  Because of this amazing awareness campaign over the past 30 years the survival rates for this disease have increased dramatically.

  • Don’t suffer third party illusions

            I’m happy to report that my adopted hometown of Roanoke has survived another Donald Trump appearance. His rally at the Berglund Center on Saturday was underwhelming.
        He faced a hall that was only half full. He spoke for just about 30 minutes and left quickly, not even wading into the crowd to greet supporters.
        The main thing on display was the unabashed capitalism of the vendors, who lined nearly every available space along the street outside the building.

  • Some of Hillary’s deplorables

            Hillary Clinton recently called Trump supporters a basket of deplorables. Personally, I think it would be a badge of honor to be called “deplorable” by something as vile as Hillary Clinton. I wonder who all are in her basket of deplorables? Maybe the one union that she declined to seek support from will give us a clue.

  • Staunton River falls to Northside

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor

        Staunton River volleyball fell to Northside and Alleghany this past week.
        The Lady Golden Eagles fell to Alleghany 3-1.
        The Lady Mountaineers took the first two sets 25-20. The Lady Golden Eagles fought in the third after two close sets and finished 25-16 winning the third. Alleghany then took the fourth 25-23, a two point set to win the match.

  • Week 6 Football previews

    Jefferson Forest travels to Heritage

  • Extra Points: Approaching October

        Wow, it has been a full year since I started this job and let me just tell you, Bedford County sent me on a ride of a lifetime. Getting to the know the athletes, the teams and the schools has been amazing. Of course, it’s always a pleasure to write about these teams and speak to all the coaches.

  • Town saves big bucks

        This call was well worth the dime -- or whatever it takes now-a-days to make a call.

        The town of Bedford recently experienced a malfunction of vital equipment at its Snowden hydroelectric plant on the James River.  A component known as a speed increaser failed. 
        And it wasn’t a cheap fix.

  • River’s offense overpowers Fleming

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor

        The Staunton River offense started off slowly last Friday but was still able to eventually overpower the William Fleming defense. The Golden Eagles cruised to a 47-7 victory over the Colonels.
        “We are tickled to death to get the win and get to 5-0,” said Coach Chuck Poston. “It wasn’t perfect but I am really proud of the way our kids played. We were a little sluggish offensively to start out.”

  • Liberty steps up its game

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor

        Crucial mistakes cost Liberty against Rustburg last Friday and the Minutemen fell 34-20.
        “We played better,” said Coach Chris Watts. “We still made some mistakes at the worst possible time to kind of put ourselves in a bad situation.”
        Rustburg started off the game with a 60-yard rushing touchdown. Liberty answered with a Brock Porter 3-yard touchdown. PAT was no good.