Today's News

  • Conservatively Speaking

    Last week China's government threw a hissy fit over our Congress' plan to honor the Dalai Lama.

    Dalai Lama is the Tibetan Buddhist religious title. It is currently held by by a monk named Tenzin Gyatso. The Dalai Lama's official Web site lists him as both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He has lived in exile since 1959.

  • The Liberal Agenda

    After the 2000 election, there?s no way Al Gore could have seen the path his life would take. For a while, after the Supreme Court tragically handed the White House to its current occupant, Gore was left with only the solace that he had, in fact, won the most popular votes.

    Even Democrats were angry. We blamed him, alternately, for losing West Virginia and his home state of Tennessee, when either one?s electoral votes would have put him over the top regardless of Florida.

  • Between the Lines

    You might say Bedford found itself in the midst an imperfect storm last week.

    I call it imperfect, because I refuse to apply the term "perfect storm" to the tragedy of the death of 17-year-old Ashton Bonds that set off last week's deluge of attention to our community.

  • Book selection process to be reviewed

    Two books recently pulled from the shelves of Bedford County schools have prompted the school system to set up a committee to look into how new books are reviewed before being added to the libraries.

    A review of the process will be given to the Bedford County School Board in December, along with any recommendations for changes.

    The committee includes library media specialists from every middle and high school as well as 11 representing the county's elementary schools.

  • Candlelight ceremony calls attention to domestic violence

    A candlelight ceremony was held in the square next to he courthouse entrance Monday to call attention to domestic violence.

    Kathleen Guzi, Bedford County's county administrator, spoke at the gathering.

  • Schools shut down to sanitize rooms, buses

    A Lynchburg-based company disinfected Staunton River High School (SRHS), Staunton River Middle School and Huddleston Elementary School last week.

    The work was done after SRHS students refused to enter the school after the death of Ashton Bonds. Bonds, according to his family, died as a result of a Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection.