Today's News

  • GOP dilemma: Change or keep losing

        If you could boil down to one word how national Republicans managed to lose another presidential election, that would be it. Aside from President Barack Obama’s popularity and the issues that helped him, the GOP’s refusal to come to terms with the changing population face of this country is mostly what got it beaten.
        Some people get very sensitive if you say that the GOP is too white, or “lily white,” as I like to put it. But go to a Republican rally, and tell me what you see.

  • A truly shocking column

        I was absolutely shocked when I read Rick Howell’s “Liberal Agenda” last week. I couldn’t believe my eyes at first! Mr. Howell actually wrote something I agree with. The part of his column that I agreed with consisted of the last four paragraphs where he congratulated Jason Johnson for his election to the the Bedford County School Board.

  • With thanksgiving

    In any given year, the reality of life is that one enjoys both blessing and hardship, triumph and defeats.
        Many times it is easier to recount the struggles, than to focus on the blessings. Let this week provide the impetus to focus on the blessings, even as our community walks through the hardships of tragedy.

  • No bones about it

        The result of a collaborative effort between Brenda Lohr, the anatomy teacher at Liberty High School (LHS), and art teacher Leslie Padgett produced a result that caught the eye of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

        Lohr shared “Pete,” the anatomy class’ skeleton with the art class. Actually “Pete” is a skeleton replica.

  • Bedford’s Mason’s honor Putney, others at Lodge

        “Lacey voted for me five times,” commented Louis Campbell, grand master of Virginia’s Masons, as he prepared to give Delegate Lacey Putney his 50 year Mason’s pin.

        Campbell is a retired judge and, unlike federal judges, Virginia judges are not appointed for life. They serve fixed terms and must be reappointed at the end of each term if they desire to remain on the bench.

  • Local student leads Tech effort

        While Virginia Tech’s football team is the focus of a lot of local people’s attention right now, Tech is fielding a totally different team that has its sights on a national title.

        It’s being led by a local fellow. It’s the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team and its goal is to win the EcoCAR 2 competition. Tech is one of 15 universities in the U. S. that were invited to participate in this competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.

  • 92-year-old Moneta resident only class member at reunion

        When Jefferson High School, in Roanoke, held an all-school reunion, Christine Reckley, of Moneta, was the only member of the Class of 1938 there.

        Actually, she’s not the sole surviving member. She said she knows of two others who are still alive.

  • Team honors No. 82

        Staunton River High School student Jacob Baird “lived for football” according to the school’s principal, Michelle Morgan.

        Baird participated with the Golden Eagle football program for five years and started on several of the special teams.
        According to Coach Chuck Poston, the team planned to wear their jerseys to the visitation service.

  • Caldwell sentenced to 22 years for shooting brother, nephew

        Dennis Caldwell, 56, will spend 22 years in prison for shooting his brother, Glenn Caldwell, 62, and his nephew, Michael Caldwell, 36.
        Dennis Caldwell had entered a no contest plea, on Aug. 15, to two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The plea was entered one year to the day of the shootings. He had shot both men multiple times with a .45 cal. semiautomatic pistol.

  • Local businesses learn how to protect themselves from fake documents

        Business Watch, a program of the Bedford City Police Department, gave local business people a chance to learn about fake documents last month.

        Ron Morris, a retired Secret Service agent was on hand to talk to them. Morris served as a forensic document examiner while employed by the Secret Service and, in retirement, runs a consulting business providing the same service.