Today's News

  • Supreme Court affirmed an important right

    The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a landmark decision, ruling for the first time that individual American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. The ruling came when the Supreme Court struck down the ban on personal ownership of firearms in Washington, D. C. The ban had been in place since it was adopted by the City Council 32 years ago.

  • James Dobson’s failed attack on Obama

    Some think that the religious right doesn’t pack the punch it used to. Evangelicals haven’t voted as a bloc for Republicans the last two election cycles. Jerry Falwell and some lesser figures have died.

    But one stalwart of “Christian conservatism” is not only still going, he’s apparently making an effort to be the new king of the hill. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” organization is an enormously powerful tool of the right.

  • The world won't go away

    I hope everybody had a nice 4th of July. The weather wasn’t perfect, but at least it didn’t rain on anybody’s parade on Friday.

    My Fourth included mowing the lawn, something I neglected to do the previous Saturday. I spent that Saturday at Sedalia’s Bluegrass Festival, something I particularly enjoy. Then it rained enough the following Sunday afternoon to give me an excuse to put it off. By the 4th it was bad enough that I figured I had better mow before my neighbors decided to use the sound of fireworks to cover the sound of gunshots.

  • FEMA would do county residents justice by giving its flood plain map a second look

    The Federal Emergency Management Administration hasn't had the best of records lately so Bedford County is right to be checking behind FEMA on its study of flood zones.

    With the flooding in the Midwest still fresh in this nation's mind, no one who should be covered with flood insurance should be without it. At the same time, those who don't need the insurance shouldn't be required to pay the extra money for it.

    That's what the county's study is all about.

  • Letters

    Helping area students

    I remember my first day of school.

    I eagerly clutched onto my new book bag that contained my new crayons, pencils, paper, glue, ruler, scissors and erasers and climbed onto the school bus in anticipation of an exciting year. These were the days before we were expected to bring soap, paper towels, tissues and wet wipes to school, so I didn?t have to think about those things. All I could think about was getting to school and meeting new friends and impressing my teachers.

  • What would General Lee do?

    A Confederate Flag on a private vehicle on the grounds of Liberty High School! Oh my God! Right smack in the middle of a county that supplied over 3,000 soldiers [our forefathers] to the Confederacy and suffered over 400 battle deaths in the war.

  • Getting their hands dirty

    For 20-year-old Jed Mabry of Bedford, the past five weeks have been an opportunity for him to literally dig into history.

    Mabry, a history major at Liberty University, is excited to take back what he's learned from his time at the 20th annual Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.

    The nine students participating this year wrapped up their work July 4. While Mabry was local, the others came from all over the country, including the states of Virginia, Michigan, Oregon, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania and


  • Lowe's opens its doors in Bedford

    By July 4, Bedford Lowe's manager Steve Pingley said the store was ready for business. On Monday, it opened its doors.

    "We could have opened last week," Pingley said of getting the store ready.

    The official grand opening of Lowe's of Bedford, located at 1820 E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike, will be this Thursday, July 10. There will be a "Board Cutting" ceremony at 10 a.m. and shopping spree give-aways throughout the day.

  • Bedford man gambles himself to 90-day jail sentence

    James Keith Norman of Bedford, convicted last September for embezzling money to help pay for a gambling habit, was scheduled to appear in court for sentencing earlier this year.

    Norman, however, didn't appear for his court date and he was picked up in Las Vegas, Nevada, in March, and extradited back to Bedford County.

    Norman appeared in court last Tuesday, July 1, for his sentencing after what Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike called "about as a severe a case of failure to appear" as he had ever seen.

  • City: Power outages on AEP side

    According to Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski, the cause of Monday's multiple power outages in Bedford has been tracked down.

    The city lost power numerous times during the late morning and early afternoon hours. The outages disrupted businesses, causing computer systems to go down multiple times.

    Kolakowski said that city electric department crews, working in cooperation with American Electric Power (AEP), traced the problem to control wires on circuit breakers at an AEP substation that feeds power to the city's power grid. AEP has fixed the problem.