.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • The crack of the bat

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        The crack of the bat sent a tall popup skyward behind home plate.  I was the catcher and staggered beneath that mile-high ball as it rushed earthward.  I thrust my mitt up and made a lucky catch, the ball wedging itself between my mitt and my bare hand.

  • The slow, steady triumph of science

        Popular scientist Stephen Hawking died recently, after a lifetime of defying disability and bringing astronomy to the American public in a way that was engaging, highly informative, and even tinged with humor.
        Hawking had done groundbreaking work on understanding black holes, especially their relation to how the universe began. His 1988 book, “A Brief History of Time,” was an amazing best-seller, credited with bringing complicated scientific theory to a mainstream audience of lay people.

  • John Sharp is right

        A while back I wrote a column with the title “Kevin Willis is right,” This time, it’s John Sharp who is on the right track.

  • Passing it on

        Virginia Trout Heritage Day is this Saturday, April 7, and it’s a good time to pass on to the next generation the joys of fishing. Liberty Lake in Bedford is one of several area bodies of water in Virginia being stocked for this event.
        Trout Heritage Day hearkens back to years gone by when trout season had an official opening season.

  • They split a cool million

    It was a few days after the winning numbers were announced in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, and Rick Manley was at the Speedy Mart at 514-B Blue Ridge Avenue in Bedford.

     

    He spotted a sign in the store proclaiming that one of the $1 million top prize tickets had been bought there. So he offered his congratulations to the store owner.

    “He said, ‘Was it you?’” Manley recalled. “I said, ‘I doubt it.’”

  • Town set to raise trash fee

        Bedford Town Council held a public hearing on its proposed town budget, last week, before a virtually empty meeting chamber. Nobody spoke during the public hearing.
        The only person who spoke during the evening was Bruce Hartwick, who spoke at a public hearing on Council’s proposal to raise the fee for trash collection   by   $2   per  month.
        “I believe it would be a horrible idea to raise fees right now,” Hartwick said.

  • Warner visits Bedford

        Senator Mark Warner stopped by Bedford for a town hall at the Welcome Center last Wednesday. The audience consisted of local business men, local government officials and heads of non-profits.

        Warner, a Democrat, spent most of his time in this heavily Republican area taking questions from the floor.
        “This is a chance to try to answer your questions,” Warner told the gathering.

  • Army Reserve Center to honor local vets

        The Army Reserve Center, located on U. S. 460, just west of Bedford, will get an official name Saturday. It will be named in honor of Tucker Oliver and Elmer Nance. Oliver and Nance are two local men who were killed in Vietnam. Nance was the uncle of Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.

  • Update: Crash claims the life of Bedford Co. teen

    Bedford County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards released the following statement:
    "It is with tremendous sorrow that we confirm and mourn the death of Victoria Diehl, 10th grade student at Staunton River High School, in yesterday's vehicle crash in Campbell County. Victoria was an outstanding young lady and proud Golden Eagle. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Victoria's family and friends.
    In addition, Edwards stated that counselors will be on-hand at the school when classes resume next week for all grieving students and staff.

  • Vinton man faces 10 charges including child porn charges

    On March 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Vinton Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence of Dewey Brown on East Augusta Ave in Vinton VA.
    The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Approximately 15 items of evidence were seized as a part of the search warrant.