Today's News

  • Church news (week of May 18, 2011)


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  • Open up D-Day Foundation and let sunshine in

    It is time to open up the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, add new members to the foundation’s board, and let sunshine in on its planning, operations, and finances.  

        For years, the foundation has operated as a close-hold, private organization, run by a self-selected board of directors, which, in turn, selects a president. The foundation has held information about its plans, operations, and finances close to the vest.

  • War’s end should be quicker

        Now that the real reason for going into Afghanistan is behind us, it should only be logical to escalate our exit from a war that 60 percent of Americans no longer support anyway.

        The Obama Administration had already planned to begin withdrawing troops this July, with plans to be out entirely by 2014.

  • My gratitude to an old soldier

        We said goodbye to one more of the Bedford Boys last week. Ray Noell was originally a member of Company A, although he had been transferred out of the company in 1942 after Capt. Taylor Fellers sent him and a couple of others off to officer candidate school. He came ashore in Normandy two days after D-Day and commanded a platoon in another company in the brutal hedgerow fighting.

  • Too much

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

  • Grace Memorial to screen new film

  • Donation brings archery program to local schools

        A donation by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has made it possible to add archery to the physical education program at Moneta Elementary School and Staunton River Middle School.

  • Bedford Wine Trail eagle

    Is there a Bedford Wine Trail eagle?

        Danny Johnson has been seeing a bald eagle off and on in the vicinity of his orchard and winery near Thaxton for three years now. Recently a bald eagle has shown up at Hickory Hill Winery in Moneta. Johnson wonders if it’s the same eagle and, if it is, maybe it could be dubbed the Bedford Wine Trail Eagle. The wine trail is a list of county wineries and the Welcome Center promotes this tour of the county’s wineries to visitors.

  • A royal fundraiser

    The Blue Ridge Garden Club held its annual fundraiser on April 29, the day of Britain’s royal wedding. That became the theme of the club’s plant sale and lunch. Garden club members poured tea and decorations included royal brides and grooms, a custom mock-up of a wedding cake and a poster with the lineage of Britain’s royal family.    

  • Man pleads guilty to rape; receives 17 years in prison

    onvicted of rape in connection with charges that date back to 2005. He will have to serve more than 17 years of a 57 year, seven month sentence.

        Michael Wayne Porterfield, 38, pleaded no contest May 3 to the rape charge, which stems from him having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl in the Goodview area in 2005. He was arrested on the charges last July after the girl, now a teenager, shared what had happened with a friend.