Today's News

  • Not a crime

    By Bill Vickery

    “Skateboarding is not a crime.”
    These were the words on a bumper sticker affixed to my younger brother’s skateboard. I laughed at the sticker.
    “How ridiculous!” I said. “Who said skateboarding was a crime?”
    It was funny, until the day my father actually received a call from the police station.
    “Are you Tom Vickery, the father of Bob Vickery?” The policeman stated in a deep voice.
    “Why?” My father replied wearily. There were four of us boys, and my dad replied wearily a lot in those days.

  • Community Events and Calendar (week of April 13, 2011)

    Sign-ups and notices

    For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    Pre-school application intake registration

  • Church news (week of April 13, 2011)


    Lenten worship services

  • Letters 04/13/11

    Accountable decision

  • Continued focus on job creation

    This past week in Congress we continued to focus on taking the necessary steps to help foster a better environment for job creation for the people of the 5th District by shrinking the size and scope of the federal government, reducing unnecessary regulations, working to lower energy costs, and cutting spending.


  • Accessing energy and creating jobs for Virginians

    &Each week, folks across Virginia and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the price at the pump to soaring electric bills. However, Virginians understand that a major component in lessening energy costs is to produce more energy. 


  • Allen’s worst nightmare: Tim Kaine!

        Last week wasn’t good for George Allen. The popular former governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, who has most recently served as Democratic National Committee chairman, ended weeks of speculation with his formal entrance into the 2012 U.S. Senate race.

        Kaine had previously said he probably wasn’t interested in running for Senate, but that was before the incumbent Democrat, Jim Webb, bowed out. Kaine had been Option Number One for most Virginia Democrats since then.

  • Best entertainment value in Bedford

        Last week, the best entertainment value in Bedford turned out to be a board of supervisors budget work session. During the course of the work session, District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler likened Dr. Douglas Schuch to a copperhead and Xerxes, the 5th century B. C. Persian monarch who tried to conquer the Greek city-states.

        I don’t know if describing Dr. Schuch as a copperhead is accurate. He doesn’t seem particularly venomous. Overpaid, perhaps, but not venomous.

  • More than words are needed

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors took a stand last week with the School Board’s adopted budget: Change your mind about closing any schools or forget about getting an extra $1.1 million in additional county funding.

  • Legion says ‘thanks’ to old friends

    Bedford’s American Legion Post said thanks to some old friends that have routinely supplied vehicles for the annual Christmas parade and supported the Legion in other ways.

        One, Dominion of Bedford, is alive and well. The other, Murray and Bolling is gone. Murray and Bolling was one of a number of Chevrolet franchises eliminated after the federal government bailed out General Motors several years ago.
        “You never know what’s going to happen in a Christmas parade,” commented Richard Bolling.