Today's News

  • Holiday hoop-la

      By Mike Forster

  • No move for sixth grade

    After hearing from the public last week, the Bedford County School board voted to leave sixth grade classes in the Liberty Attendance Zone in their base elementary schools. Currently only the sixth grade from Bedford Elementary attend Bedford Middle School (BMS). The public hearing was on a proposal to move the sixth grades from the other three elementary schools in the Liberty Zone to BMS.

    Several citizens, all of them opposed to the idea, spoke at the hearing.

  • Historic year falling behind us

    If you haven’t heard, you should be aware that President Barack Obama is Time magazine’s 2012 “Person of the Year.”
        Naturally, his critics will disagree, but then again he has defeated his critics at nearly every juncture, an old habit for him. He’s only lost one election in his life, a Congressional primary in Illinois long before the rest of the country had ever heard of him.

  • Never let a good tragedy go to waste

        Shortly after the election of 2008, a certain “Democrat,” who is now mayor of Chicago, said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” He was referring to the financial crisis that had dragged America into recession, implying that Congressional “Democrats” could use this as an opportunity to pass a wish list of spending proposals under the guise of economic stimulus.

  • Have a happy, and safe, New Year

        Christmas is always a wonderful time. Although the weather can be gray and gloomy, the lights and decorations and holiday fun provides a cheerful counterpoint to that.
        Now the Christmas Day is behind us, we have one more celebration ahead of us — New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

  • Forest couple seeks to keep Nepali girls from sex slavery

        Ken and Diana Harbour, who own Blue Crane Accupuncture in Forest, also operate a Christian Mission organization called Barnabas Fellowship, which was founded in 1990 and is focused on Nepal.

         The couple have visited Nepal a number of times since 1986. They started a program in 2009, as part of Barnabas, called Save the Daughters Project.

  • Korean War veteran writes about conflict

        “There aren’t many books written about Korea,” said Korean War veteran Bob VandeLinde.

        There wasn’t much written about the war even as it was going on. VandeLinde said that he looked through old editions of his hometown newspaper — 37 months worth — published in the early 1950s and found no mention of the war in them. There are almost no movies about the Korean War and VandeLinde said that one, Heartbreak Ridge, is very exaggerated.

  • Swimming in ice water

        Robert Dooley, born and raised in Thaxton, now resides at Carriage Hill. He’s 86 and his memory is fading.

        But Dooley can still recall the events that resulted in him being awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in combat.

  • Grubbs pleads guilty

        Although Ernest Grubbs pleaded guilty, Friday, to five felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, he was released from jail that evening.

  • Now’s the Time – Resolve to be Ready in 2013!

        New year … new start!  Now is the time for you and your family to make an important resolution for 2013 that won’t cost much and could save a lot of heartache: resolve to be ready for any emergency.
        Whether severe winter storms, tornadoes, spring flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes or something else hits Virginia next year, you can be prepared ahead of time.