Today's News

  • John Kerry and U.S. foreign policy

    Early on, it was clear that John Kerry of Massachusetts had the qualites and the desire to do great things with his life.
        As a student leader at Yale in the early 1960s, Kerry could feel the promise of the decade, personified by the inspiration of the young president, John F. Kennedy.
        Third world countries were escaping the bonds of colonialism, yet the Cold War was raging. Kennedy’s assassination was the first blow to idealistic hopes in that decade.

  • A movie worth watching

        I’ve long been a fan of Sheriff Mike Brown’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). I thought it was a great idea from the time it first got rolling as Operation Blue Ridge Thunder just before the turn of the century.
        The Internet is a wonderful thing. I use it for research and I use it to buy things. It also makes it possible for me to talk with Oksana, my favorite Russian, via Skype without having to pay a long distance charge.

  • Who’s counting?

    Need an example of why the government doesn’t need any more of your money? Take a look at the Superstorm Sandy relief measure, expected to pass Congress soon.
        The final $50 billion in emergency aid will eat up, and surpass, the money funded through the recently approved, “fiscal cliff” tax increases.
        The fact is, the cliff just keeps getting taller.

  • Peaks of Otter should reopen this spring

    By Ralph Berrier
    Landmark News Service

        The Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant should have a new management team in place in time to re-open this spring, the retiring superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway said.

  • Bedford man recognized for digital art

        A change of career direction is getting Bedford resident Jerome Sturm attention in the art world.

  • GI Jive features music from World War II

        Music played a big part of the culture in the 1940s with its patriotic and sentimental themes as World War II raged around the world.

        On Saturday, Feb. 9, after a four-year hiatus, area residents will get a chance to relive those times as the National D-Day Memorial brings back the GI Jive 1940s dance. The event will be held, this year, at the Elks National Home.
        Karen Nichols and her Quartet will bring the sounds of the times to the stage.

  • Rotary sets new local honor

        The Bedford Rotary Club has a history of combining fundraisers with honors, according to David Herrick, the club’s president. The fundraisers generate money for various projects.

        Herrick said in past years they had “Roatary Roasts.” These were events where they recognized some individual and sold tickets to the events.

  • Firefighters recognized for their service

        Russell Stevens, Bedford’s assistant fire chief, has reached a major milestone as a fire fighter. He has answered 10,000 calls.

        According to Brad Creasy, the fire chief, Stevens joined the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department in 1974. Creasy notes that one of the facts that makes Steven’s achievement especially amazing is that the fire department had a much lower volume of calls in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Revised plan agreed to by board

        Bedford County’s supervisors signed off, Monday, on a revised seven-district county map which will be presented at a public hearing in March.

  • Break-in arrests

        Beverly Stanley never expected to get all the items back that were stolen from her home when it was broken into Jan. 4.
        But there was one item—worth very little, if anything—that she had to have back: her nine-year-old laptop.
        That was not because of its value, but because of what was stored inside, several years worth of family photos. To Stanley, those were priceless.
        Some good police work, and a bit of luck, helped her wish come true.