Today's News

  • Police seek suspect in attempted armed robbery

    Police are looking for information on the identity of a suspect who attempted an armed roberry at the Taco Bell in Forest Wednesday night.

    Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call a little after 11 p.m. Wednesday from the Taco Bell, 14867 Forest Road in Forest reporting the attempted armed robbery. The caller, an employee, advised that a male subject had entered the business through the drive-through window.

  • Community Events and Calendar (week of May 23, 2012)

    Sign-ups and notices


    D-Day Memorial’s WWII Day Camp

  • Church news (week of May 23, 2012)



    Cinema Church

    EastLake Community Church announces the second summer of Cinema Church. Join in a different approach to church every Sunday at 10 a.m. at the WestLake Cinema. The summer kick off is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, May 27. For more information call the main campus at 540-297-0966 or visit the Web at www.eastlake-church.com.


    VBS Amazing Wonders

  • Thank you to our American heroes

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Virginia’s 5th District has a proud history of service to our great country and it is a profound honor to represent so many veterans from Central and Southside Virginia who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. As this Memorial Day approaches, I hope you will join me in paying tribute to all of those who have selflessly defended our country with distinction and heroism.

  • 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.