Today's News

  • Please, no more new Texans

        In 2000, I had a bumper sticker that said, “No New Texans,” a clear and simple repudiation of the presidential candidacy of George W. Bush.

    It was also a sneer at the broken “No new taxes” pledge that Bush’s father had reneged on in the light of fiscal and economic reality. That compromise almost seems quaint now, doesn’t it? Given that most conservative Republicans would rather stomp their grandmothers than raise taxes.

  • The European road to perdition

        The pictures from London and several other British cities this month, with buildings ablaze, made me think of the World War II Blitz. Of course, the extent of the damage was nowhere near as great and, in this case the British were doing it to themselves. Gangs of teens and young adults roamed through certain neighborhoods setting fires, attacking people and pillaging shops.

        This was not a race riot. The mobs were racially mixed.

  • Back to school

    It's that time of year again. Big yellow buses are out and about on our highways. Children stand in groups in neighborhoods and road sides waiting to be picked up.

  • Young Farmers to emphasize farm, family safety

    The Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers plan to hold a farm and family safety day at the Sedalia Country Fair next month. According to W. P. Johnson, who heads up the local Young Farmers’ group, they plan to have a number of agriculture related vendors there who will show equipment and do safety demonstrations.    

  • Deaths of dogs called ‘mysterious’

    Animal control officers with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the “mysterious” deaths of at least eight dogs in the Forest area.

        The deaths have occurred in the areas around Thomas Jefferson Road and Maple Street. A number of dogs have been found dead at their homes and others occurred after sick dogs had been taken to local veterinarians.
        According to Sheriff Mike Brown the deaths occurred during the past two weeks.

  • Opened House

        Jacqueline Wente was honored during a dedication service Saturday for Bedford House.

        The founding president of the Bedford House board, current President Jeffrey Fulgham noted that Wente has “led it” from the start.

  • Bedford House set to open

        Bedford House is slated to start accepting residents next month. The facility is complete and two open houses were held for major donors and other people who have worked to make it a reality.

        “People have been so very generous and supportive,” commented Linda Royal, the facility’s executive director.

  • Sheriff makes it official

        In front of a room packed with supporters, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown officially announced his plans Friday to run for a fifth and final term as sheriff.

        “I believe I have the best personnel any sheriff can have,” Brown said. “You couldn’t find a better group of men or women.”

  • Hoback to face challenge for District 7 seat

        In past years, contested elections for local elected offices have been rare. But it’s different this year and voters will have choices in at least four local races.

        One of those is the District 7 school board race where Kevin Willis is challenging Debbie Hoback, the incumbent. Hoback is seeking her third term on the board.
        “I haven’t lost the passion for it,” Hoback commented. “I love trying to make a difference.”

  • 5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Va.

    The ground shook.

        People in some cities are used to feeling the ground shake on a daily basis, but it’s an unusual feeling for people in the Bedford area. An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale that shook Central Virginia just before 2 p.m. Tuesday brought people out of buildings, looking around. Facebook lit up with comments.