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Editorial

  • Dealing with gangs

        Living in Bedford County can sometimes shield us a little from what many others deal with on a daily basis.
        And then we get a wake up call.
        That came this past week when a teenager’s body from Lynchburg was found on Roaring Run Road. Authorities are calling the homicide of the teen the result of MS-13 gang-related activity involving several undocumented illegal aliens.
        Folks got concerned.

  • He is Risen!

    John 19: 5-6
    5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
    6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

    Luke 23:44-47
    44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,

  • Turning point

        April 25, 2017.

        That date won’t carry the weight that Feb. 18, 2001, did but both will serve as major turning points for the sport of NASCAR.
        On that tragic date in 2001 at Daytona International Speedway,  Dale Earnhardt took his final lap, crashing into the retaining wall at the speedway on the final lap of the race. It would be announced a few hours later that Earnhardt, the sport’s most popular driver of his time, had perished in the crash.

  • Playing politics

        The state of politics in Bedford County is that if you want to get elected to the Board of Supervisors you have to be endorsed by the Republican Party.
        That’s why, for the second election in a row, a primary will likely determine who gets elected to the board.
        Party politics should not be at play when it comes to local officials such as the supervisors.

  • Remembering

        ...Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.

  • The Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice is well-known to visitors at the Peaks of Otter. As well he should be. Rice has worked along the Parkway since 1958 and much of that time was spent at the Peaks of Otter Lodge after it opened in 1964.
        Now Rice will be remembered for years to come as visitors gather in the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge, officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting last Wednesday. The room, which has a splendid view of Abbott Lake and Sharp Top, can be used for conferences, wedding receptions and other events held there.

  • Good signs

        There are some good signs taking place in and around Bedford.
        The opening of Beale’s Brewery has been a big hit and has provided a good number of jobs. The first few weeks have brought in plenty of folks -- some seeking the atmosphere, some the specially brewed Beale’s beer, some wanting to partake of the quality BBQ being offered.

  • Different times

        We’ve seen just this past week how different media coverage of the presidency can be.
        Had the main stream media treated President Obama the way it is now treating President Trump, a much different narrative would have been painted on Trump’s predecessor.

  • Be safe out there

        National Safe Boating Week is May 20-26. 
        As with any such designation, the week is to serve as a reminder of what is important all year long. With Memorial Day upon us, marking the unofficial beginning of the summer season, it’s always important to take note of safety precautions when out on your boats and other crafts.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is using this week to remind all boaters to stay safe this summer, and always wear a life jacket while on the water.

  • Council gets its cake; and eats it too

        Bedford Town Council took action last week to deal with a request that wanted to bring fortune telling into the town.
        It appears council has learned how to have its cake and eat it too.
        Council effectively repealed a town ordinance that banned such practices in the town. In addition, however, council voted not to allow fortune tellers as a permitted use in either of the town’s two business zones.