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Today's News

  • Marathon Man

    Editor?s note: Bill Vickery, a resident of Bedford, recently ran in the Richmond Marathon. He was invited to share some of the experiences he had in training up for the race.

    The Training

    Training for a marathon is like having to eat your peas before dessert, except in this case, there are so many peas you wonder if it is worth it. I trained for the Richmond marathon for two months. I ran the marathon to raise money for the Bedford Hospice Hardy Fund.

  • Barry Bonds' plight--Commentary

    So, Barry Bonds was indicted by a federal grand jury last week. Is anybody surprised?

    I'm no Barry Bonds fan, nor am I an apologist for the man. In my opinion, he is a gifted athlete who has shown zero regard for the fans. His selfishness is legion. Also, it is obvious that the guy bulked up somehow.

    I question the merit of putting Bonds behind bars. This has been a witch hunt, plain and simple. And Bonds makes a pretty good witch. Now, the talking heads are wringing their hands, decrying the end of baseball as we know it.

  • Bee-wildering

    There was no rest for the weary, while the well-rested ran roughshod.

    Liberty limped into Stinger Stadium for its VHSL Regional semifinal against top-seeded Brookville. The Minutemen limped out of the joint following a 42-14 pasting at the hands of the Bees.

  • Letters to the editor

    Appreciation expressed

    A big ?thank you? to all the voters in Bedford County and City who came out on a cold and blustery November day and showed support for my re-election.

    My thanks to everyone who volunteered their time for the many campaigning events during the past six months, for all who donated to my campaign, and, for all the citizens who placed campaign signs on their property. I am humbled by your dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and support.

  • Making a difference

    On Saturday, Oct. 27, Bedford participated in Make a Difference Day for the 8th consecutive year.

    On this national day of community service, more than 100 individuals took part in worthwhile activities. The staff of Bedford Community Resource Center would like to thank all of the groups, businesses, organizations, and individuals who made a difference for the eighth year in a row! Our thanks go to the Safe Haven staff, parents, and children as well as the female residents of Bedford County group home for visiting local nursing homes.

  • A season of thanks

    The story of the first traditional Thanksgiving began over 380 years ago when a group of men and women fleeing persecution boarded a ship and set sail for freedom in the New World. The group, who would come to call themselves Pilgrims, battled treacherous weather conditions and bouts of sickness throughout the nine weeks they spent on the high seas.

  • Bill will help veterans

    On Veterans Day weekend, I had the privilege of participating in the dedication of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Veterans Memorial.

  • What it's really about

    As spam-mail goes, I've heard from more than my share of bankers and royalty in Africa waiting to send me money, if only I'll give them my bank account number or some other such nonsense. Spam has taught me about blue pills and others of varying colors. I've learned about all of these bank accounts that I started unknowingly that now need my personal information for "verification" purposes and I've learned how to purchase medicines from Canada.

  • Senate inquiry targets televangelists

    For many, many years Americans who hold dear their religious beliefs have been subjected to various and sundry appeals from television evangelists. Usually, it?s for money, and - given the rise of the religious right - it?s lately been for political support for some cause or candidate.

    It?s true that laws regarding the tax exempt status of churches prevent preachers from directly telling their subjects to vote for a certain candidate. But in recent years, ?Voter Guides,? produced by the Christian Coalition, have done the job just as effectively.

  • We'll get what we voted for

    Last week I read that students in Venezuela are carrying out campus protests against Hugo Chvez' effort to change the country's constitution.