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Editorial

  • The Bedford PD supports DRIVE SMART effort

    Buckle Up, Phone Down is the theme as the Bedford Police Department joins DRIVE SMART Virginia in supporting Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
        “We call on all drivers in Bedford to avoid any distraction when they’re driving,” Bedford Police Chief James Day warns. “With the number of people I see focused on a phone, and not on the road, distracted driving has really turned into a serious problem. I worry about traffic safety everyday and I wonder when people will begin to realize the true dangers of distracted driving?”

  • It’s no fad

        Personalized learning isn’t a Bedford County idea; it’s the way the world is now operating.
        Check out most college and university academic programs and you will find students being offered, and many compelled, to take online courses as part of their studies. Many students opt to spend their entire college career in an online program. Even the smallest colleges are utilizing this type of learning model.

  • A free press threatened

        The Virginia Press Association sent out a response to the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s decision to ban the Washington Post from covering his campaign.

  • Unanimous Declaration

         When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • A tragic night

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown was watching the local news Thursday night when the station broke to the national story of the tragedy in Dallas in which a lone gunman killed five police officers and wounded seven others during what had been a peaceful protest of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
        He watched the events unfold for several hours early into the next morning. “My reaction was, ‘Oh my, here we go again,” he said.

  • The Kaine factor

        What can we say about Tim Kaine that hasn’t already been said?
        When he slipped out of Richmond at the end of his tour as governor, his revolting act of seeking to jump-start the release of convicted double-murderer Jens Soering to Germany, and then to freedom, was an act of cowardice.
        He did it in the dead of night and then stayed silent on the matter until the opportunity presented itself to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb.

  • Back to school

        Students headed back to school this week in Bedford County and for the most part the first day went OK, though it did get a little warm, especially for students at Forest Elementary School.
        At FES, the air conditioning units weren’t operating so the school went into cool down mode with box fans in every class, extra time for breaks and bottled water made available for students. School maintenance crews were working to get the HVAC units back online as quickly as possible.

  • The best? Really?

        Democrats had to be licking their chops and enjoying wholeheartedly the goings-on at the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland.
        What with a plagiarized speech, mini-revolts from the anti-Trump contingent and an outright snub by convention speaker Ted Cruz, there appeared to be much for the Democrats to laugh at as they watched from afar.
        Then came Philly.

  • National EMS Week

        When you or your loved one suffers from a medical emergency, it is Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel who are relied upon to respond quickly to the call for help and provide quality prehospital care. Last year, EMS providers responded to just over 1.4 million calls for help in Virginia, approximately 3,879 incidents per day.

  • Failed policy

        While President Obama was busy in Cuba making nice with the human-rights breaking Castro regime, Muslim terrorists were at work in Belgium bringing havoc to that country and the rest of Europe.