Today's News

  • Minutemen fall short in upset bid of Heritage
  • A missed opportunity to control government spending

    A missed opportunity – that is what we witnessed this week in Washington. The funding package passed by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives and signed into law by the President does nothing to address the fundamental fiscal challenges facing our nation. The proposal raises the debt limit until February and merely delays discussion on debt and spending for a short time. During that time, the government will borrow roughly $200 billion dollars more.

  • Get it right

    By Clay Chastain

        It is not every century that a small town (post-reversion) is afforded the luxury of receiving an educational windfall ($6 million per year for 15 years) from the state for educational needs and improvements. Thus, it is imperative that Bedford optimize this bit of good fortune and get it right.
        Most would probably agree that improving Bedford’s high school and middle school are our greatest large scale educational priorities.

  • Our cowardly local congressmen

    I hope Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt and Morgan Griffith have all attached their “Don’t Tread on Me” bumper stickers to their vehicles, because it’s utterly clear now that they are owned by the “tea party” fanatics who shut down the government.
        It’s appropriate that those bumper stickers, featuring the little chopped-up snake on them, are colored yellow. That is the well-known shade of cowardice.

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade

        Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward,
 All in the valley of Death, Rode the six hundred. ‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
 Charge for the guns’ he said: Into the valley of Death
 Rode the six hundred. — From “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  • Don’t wait until election day

    In less than two weeks Virginia voters will go to the polls. Local and statewide races will have important implications for years ahead. Voters shouldn’t wait until Tuesday, Nov. 5 to decide who to support. The time to do your research is now. Go to the polls as an educated voter; this isn’t the time to be uninformed, or worse, a partisan with no desire at getting to the truth.
        These elections matter.
        At the state level, of course, we will be electing a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

  • 3 women convicted in welfare fraud cases

        Three recent convictions in connection with welfare fraud charges have been registered in Bedford Circuit Court. Those cases include:

    Sabrina Farmer
        Sabrina Farmer, 36, of Bedford pleaded guilty and was convicted of the amended misdemeanor charge of making a false report to law enforcement in Bedford Circuit Court. She was originally charged with two felonies, one for welfare fraud and one for making a false application for assistance.

  • Man gets 12 months on child porn charges

        Jamey Otis Baker Jr. didn’t want to go to jail. He’d spent a little time there prior to receiving bond after his arrest in December 2012. He didn’t want to go back.
        But Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance felt Baker’s crimes justified jail time. Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike agreed, sentencing Baker to 12 months of active jail time of a 10-year sentence for the possession of child pornography.

  • Passing on the building

        Bedford Christian Ministries dedicated a plaque on the Bedford Christian Services Building, on Washington Street, in Memory of Marjorie Maupin. Maupin, through her Maupin-Sizemore Foundation, was a noted philanthropist in the Bedford area for over two decades.

        The Maupin-Sizemore Foundation formerly owned the building, leasing it to Bedford Christian Ministries for $1 per month. This year, the Foundation transferred ownership to the building to Bedford Christian Ministries.

  • River heads to the Rockies


    The path to the playoffs is fraught with danger for Staunton River.

    In fact, the Eagles hit a "rocky" patch this weekend when they visit one of their Blue Ridge District foes.

    Staunton River will play at Rockbridge County, seeking to beat the Wildcats for the first time since they joined the Blue Ridge.  In the two games since the Rockies became the sixth members of the district, they've topped the Eagles in tidy fashion.

    In 2011, Rockbridge prevailed, 21-14.  Last year, it was 38-17.