Today's News

  • Local NAACP branch holds Freedom Fund Banquet

        After two years, Bedford once again has an NAACP branch.

        The new Bedford Branch got started this past spring with Ronnie Miller as its president. Saturday, it held its Freedom Fund Banquet. This is an annual fundraising event that was always held in late October.
        This year’s keynote speaker was the Rev. Aaron Payne.

  • Candidates speak on issues

        All candidates in contested board of supervisors elections, plus District 5 supervisor Steve Arrington who is running unopposed, turned out for a candidate forum sponsored by the Bedford and Franklin County Tea Party. A moderator posed questions for the candidates to answer. The evening ended with members of the audience having the opportunity to ask their own questions.

        All were asked why they are running.

  • Down, but not out, man starts business in Bedford

        Bobby Patterson wasn’t about to let unemployment keep him down.

        So he went to work—at finding a job that is.
        And Patterson did just that, creating his own company, here in Bedford.
        Patterson is all about keeping Bedford clean and looking good, with his window and exterior cleaning service.

  • Bill Thomasson challenges incumbent District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler

    The race for District 1 supervisor is a contested race with two candidates vying for the opportunity to sit in the hot seat.

    Dale Wheeler
        Dale Wheeler has held the District 1 supervisor’s seat for two decades. He’s seeking another term.
        “I’m not running against anyone,” he said. “I’m running for reelection.”
        He’s also running as an independent, something that he considers valuable.

  • Lacey Putney seeks another term

        Delegate Lacey Putney, currently the longest serving legislator in Virginia history, is seeking another term. If reelected, the opening of the General Assembly in January will mark the 50th anniversary of the day that Putney first set foot in the House of Delegates. He was first elected in 1961.

        Putney was born in Big Island. His father was  section foreman for the   C&O   Railroad   and   Lacey Putney grew up in the section foreman’s house.    

  • Lew Medlin runs as Democrat

        He lives in Stewartsville and is vice-president of E-Z Mount Bracket Company, located in Montvale, which he co-founded with his father, Lewis B. Medlin Sr. The business has a 10,000 square foot facility that makes 23 different bracket designs used primarily by the electrical industry. The company has 15 U. S. patents.

  • Jerry Johnson runs as Republican

        Jerry Johnson, who lives in the Buchanan area, is challenging Delegate Lacey Putney for the 19th House of Delegates seat. Johnson is running as a Republican.
        A native of Atlanta, Ga., Johnson came to Franklin County in 1988. He has lived in Botetourt County since 2000. He is a retired building/electrical contractor.

  • Sports commentary: I beg to differ

      The father-in-law sent me a newspaper clipping the other day.  In it, the author decried the current relationship between college football and the NFL.

  • Eagles get Max-ed out

      Many things come in threes.  Three strikes and you’re out.  Three on a match.  Three coins in a fountain.

  • Stranglehold busted

      By Jeffery McClintock