Today's News

  • Basketball preview: Lady Eagles loaded for a run

    They've got size.

  • Post-Thanksgiving payback

      In keeping with tradition this year, the president granted a reprieve to the White House turkey.  As a result, the bird waltzed away from a date with the chopping block.

  • We need a Constitutional amendment to balance our budget

  • Working to balance the federal budget

    This week brought alarming news when it comes to the fiscal health of our nation. On Wednesday the national debt hit the $15 trillion mark. This insurmountable debt is the result of irresponsible spending bills that will most certainly cripple America’s future. One thing is certain – we must change the way Washington does business.


  • The last column on Cain, I promise

        One of the joys of writing this column is just how easy the task comes to me. Allow me to explain.

        Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali was always considered a big braggart. But in response, he said, “it ain’t bragging if you can do it.”
        Not only do I agree with that, but I think my grammar is considerably better than his. People sometimes ask, ‘How do you come up with ideas every single week?’

  • Message in a ballot

        There were messages in the ballots that voters, both locally and in the Commonwealth as a whole, cast on Nov. 8.

  • Shop local first

    We’re not ashamed of repeating this message every year: When you get ready to do your shopping this Christmas season, remember to shop local first.

        Stores all over Bedford and throughout the county have plenty to offer in the way of holiday shopping. And we should support them.
        From Moneta to Big Island, Forest to Montvale—and plenty in between—there are businesses run by our neighbors. And they have plenty to offer.

  • Fan bus heading to Broadway

      Larry White is organizing a parent/fan bus for the trip from Jefferson Forest to Broadway.  He is estimating a cost of $20 per person

  • Local farmer recovers from stroke

        Arlis Sheffield is a small farmer in Bedford County who supplies fresh vegetables and heirloom tomatoes to upscale restaurants.

        “I sell primarily for taste,” Sheffield said, noting that he doesn’t have to grow a tomato that must  survive being shipped 500 miles.
        Sheffield said that he has been farming for 30 years and was also at one time a chef. Both farming and cooking are creative endeavors, he notes.

  • Museum shows appreciation for volunteers

        The Bedford Museum is thankful for its volunteers and has a lunch every November to say thanks.

        The museum is there to tell the Bedford area’s story, including uniforms worn by local men who served their country from the War of 1812 to the uniform worn by a local Army officer in Iraq in the past decade. Displays deal with all aspects of county history — the Indians who originally lived here, the experience of the area’s black citizens, local doctors, an old printing press and a moonshiner’s still.