Today's News

  • The U.S. Senate: A barrier to economic growth

  • Why third parties fail in America

    Two years ago, a group of wealthy, politically-minded civic activists formed an organization they would call “Americans Elect 2012.” Led by such people as Peter Ackerman, a financial executive in New York, the group laid out some ambitious plans.
        Determined to capitalize on dissatisfaction with politics in general, and particularly frustration with the Democratic and Republican parties, the group planned to attract a major “centrist” presidential candidate, and get that person on the ballot everywhere.

  • A politically motivated decision

        The weekend before last I read an interview with Major General  H.R. McMaster in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition. The interview reminded me of the grave mistake that President Barack Obama is making by his determination to stick to his arbitrary date for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan regardless of what the situation demands.
        The article points out that we have been making progress since President Obama’s surge reached its peak. The article states:

  • Wear It—Stay Safe!

    With Memorial Day weekend upon us, there will be plenty of opportunities to have fun and stay cool in the water.
        We’re in the middle of National Safe Boating Week (May 19 – 25) which serves as a good reminder for everyone to stay safe while enjoying the water.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
        One of the most important – always wear a life jacket while on the water. 

  • Spiritrider offers wagon rides at Explore Park

    By Laura Enderson and Tyler Flynn

    Intern writers

         One of the first commercial ventures to be featured at Roanoke Valley's Explore Park in five years is getting its first hoof in the door.
         Spiritrider Covered Wagon Rides is preparing for its opening on Memorial Day weekend.

  • Chamber sponsors Legislative Wrap-up breakfast

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Legislative Wrap-up breakfast, Wednesday, following a historic General Assembly session.

        It was only the day before that Virginia finally had a budget, signed by the governor. Delegate Lacey Putney, who has been part of 50 General Assembly sessions, has said that he believes that this was the first time in Virginia history that the Senate failed to pass a budget during the regular session.

  • New foot and ankle specialist comes to Bedford Memorial

        Bedford Memorial Hospital hosted a meet-and-greet breakfast, Friday, to welcome Dr. David Cox, a foot and ankle specialist. Dr. Cox opened Forest Foot and Ankle Center late last year and will be practicing at Bedford Memorial.

         An East Tennessee native, Dr. Cox earned his degree from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1996. He did his residency training at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Artisan Cafe under new management

        The timing was perfect for Ron and Jennifer Siver.

        The couple were relocating to the area and were looking for a business opportunity. Karen Gorneau, meanwhile, was looking for a buyer for the Artisan Cafe. Gorneau has rheumatoid arthritis and needed to spend less time on her feet than running the business would allow.
        “We came here, walked in the door and we were sold,” Ron commented, noting that their first impression of the place was how bright and cheerful it was.

  • Cruzin in Centertown

        More than 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles lined the streets of Centertown Saturday afternoon, twice what organizers had expected for the Cruzin event.

        “All the comments we are getting are very favorable,” stated Sue Montgomery, executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc.
        In fact, the response was so positive that it’s likely another event will be planned.

  • Preliminary hearing waived on embezzlement charges

        The 26-year-old Evington woman accused of embezzling from Kroger in Forest waived her right to a preliminary hearing May 14.
        Jennifer Elaine Johns faces 15 embezzlement charges, eight felonies and seven misdemeanors. A Bedford County grand jury will now decide whether to indict Johns on the felony charges.