Today's News

  • We need a national cleansing

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        We need a march of ministers, not a national military parade.  We need a parade of pure-souled priests and a rally of righteous rabbis.  Not a national military parade.
        Shock and awe have their place.  Our nation’s capital is not it.  We need a national cleansing, top to bottom, coast to coast.  We seek an elevated level of discourse and spiritual inspiration. 

  • Separating needs from wants

    By Susan Falls Kirby
    Bedford County School Board
    District 6

        When my children were in kindergarten and first grade one of my favorite lessons to help them with was the ability to separate needs from wants.  It’s a really hard lesson to learn when you are so young, and I think sometimes that line gets cloudy again as we get older. 

  • The walls are closing in on Trump

        With the federal court conviction of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and the guilty plea of the sleazy “fixer” lawyer, it looks like “the witch hunt” has found some witches.
        A lifetime of corruption is catching up to Donald Trump. Since so many “Christians” voted for him, it’s appropriate to use a Biblical injunction: He’s about to reap what he has sown.

  • There won’t be a Constitutional crisis

        I’m worried about Rick Howell. Reading his column, last week, left me feeling that he is so angry about Donald Trump that he may be in danger of hyperventilating at times. He’s almost as old as me and it’s probably not good for an old man to get that angry.

  • Loss of a hero

    What they said about the death of US Sen. John McCain:

    “I am deeply saddened by the news of Senator John McCain’s passing. We mourn the loss of a national hero. Senator McCain fought valiantly for his life, his country, and his constituents. His dedication to service is reflected in our military and in the U.S. Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” — Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte

  • Caregiver pleads guilty to using elderly woman’s credit cards

    A Bedford caregiver pleaded guilty to two felonies in Circuit Court Friday, admitting that she took a credit card from a patient and used it.
        Alicia Marie Webster  entered guilty pleas to credit card fraud and credit card larceny during Friday’s hearing. Sentencing has been set for Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
        The charges stem from a 2017 investigation by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Webster had been living with and serving as a caretaker for the elderly woman whose credit card was taken and used.

  • County man, out on bail, allowed to move back to his home

        A Bedford County man—facing five charges of possession of child pornography—will be allowed to move back into his home while out on bond.
        At a hearing Friday, Judge James Updike granted the request to allow Theodore Ohara Rainey Jr. to move back to his home, though he has a child living there. Prior to the ruling, Rainey had been living at the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

  • Local students do well on SOLs

        The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has issued its Standards of Learning (SOL) scores and Dr. Karen Woodford, the school division’s chief learning officer, is pleased with the results.
        All 19 of Bedford County’s schools are now fully accredited. The final word on that won’t be out until September, but at this point all appear to be in line for that accreditation. Last year, one school was not fully accredited.

  • Father pleads guilty to locking his child up in her room, depriving her of food and abusing her

        The Bedford County man accused of abusing, assaulting and injuring a 14-year-old child told a Bedford Circuit Court judge he didn’t have anything to say after  pleading guilty Friday to four felony charges in the case.

        “I don’t want to say anything right now, sir,” he told the judge.
        Judge James Updike proceeded to find Wesley A. Keen, 48, guilty of  child abuse and neglect, abduction and two counts of unlawful wounding.

  • Local farmers have eye-opening trip

    By Kenny Fletcher
    Virginia Communications Coordinator