Today's News

  • Up next…Newt Gingrich…really?

    It’s been so much fun this year watching these far-right Republicans wrench themselves into shapes unimaginable trying to find the correct “true conservative” to carry their GOP presidential banner.

        Indeed, I am almost sad to see 2011 go because it’s just been so entertaining to witness this parade of clowns, pretenders, and unqualified wannabes – extremists all – audition for their party’s last shot at Barack Obama.

  • Time to get over it

        Back when I was a kid I used to stay up late on Saturday nights and watch something called Chiller Theater. It came out of the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, which was near the town where I grew up, and featured a horror flick each week.

        One memorable episode from that time came in the middle of the night after watching a werewolf movie. I got up to answer the call of nature and, still half asleep, swung my feet out of the bed. Suddenly, I felt something hairy under my feet! GRRRR!!!!

  • Decision by Administration is right one

    Whether it was a move to try and gain political capital with conservative voters or just an attempt to do the right thing, the Obama Administration made the right move in denying young teens the opportunity to purchase the so called “morning after” pill without a prescription.

        The move certainly won’t sit well with the President’s liberal base, but he knows they’re not going anywhere.

  • Festival of Trees gets bigger each year

        “It gets bigger and bigger,” said Sue Trussell, who wears several hats at the Bedford Welcome Center. Trussell was speaking of the Welcome Center’s Festival of Trees.

  • New phase at Mayberry Hills inaugurated

        Mayberry Hills opened a new phase in its build-out, called Courtyards at Mayberry, with a ribbon cutting at the model for the patio houses that it will offer.

        “It’s one of three different models we have here,” said Jody Lyons of Lyons Team Realtors.

  • Program of studies gets makeover

        Thursday night marked the last county school board meeting of the year, and the last school board meeting for three of its members.

        District 6 school board member Shirley McCabe is the last member of the old appointed school board still serving. McCabe, a retired educator, has served on the Bedford County School board for 16 years and chose not to seek reelection this year. She will be replaced by Kelly Harmony.

  • Man faces up to 25 years in prison on sex charges

        A 19-year-old Bedford man faces up to 25 years in jail after being found guilty on three sex offense charges involving two different juvenile girls.

        Jesse Lee Smith entered no contest pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday to a charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor as well as for computer solicitation and carnal knowledge.
        All of the charges involve crimes that occurred in 2011.

  • Battle of the stockyards

        “We’re always in competition.”

        That was the response of Lisa Landes, office manager of the Springlake Stockyard, as to what prompted the latest challenge. But this time, area stockyards are working together to raise gifts and food for area families in need.
        “A lot of our friends and family had a hard time this year,” Landes said of the need. “We decided that we’d have a little bit of a friendly competition.”


    BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is continuing its efforts to identify a motive in the murder-suicide that occurred Dec. 8, 2011, on the Virginia Tech campus. State police investigators worked through the weekend and on into this week interviewing family, friends and acquaintances of Ross T. Ashley, 22, in order to piece together his movements and actions leading up to the murder of Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse.

  • Patterson Mill fire

        Road Connections and Clam Diggers will sponsor a benefit concert, this Saturday, to help Mark Agee.

        Agee was forced to jump from a second floor window of his Patterson Mill Road home, in the wee hours of Friday morning to escape a fire which gutted the two-story frame house. Agee was not seriously injured from the jump, but suffered from smoke inhalation.    
        “Most of the reason they kept him [in the hospital] was because of his lungs,” said Neal Agee, his brother.