• A point of light

    By Dr. Gary S. Smith

        George H. W. Bush died on Friday at age 94. Few Americans have had a more distinguished political resume. He was a U. S. Congressman, a United Nations ambassador, chair of the Republican National Committee, U.S. envoy to China, and director of the CIA. He served two terms as vice president and one term as president.   

  • Help keep our children safe

        School bus involved crashes in Virginia are up.
        And they shouldn’t be.
        But last week’s crash involving a Bedford County Public Schools bus serves as a reminder that drivers must take care and obey the laws to help keep out children safe.

  • Giving Thanks

    Psalm 9
    I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

    Philippians 4
    6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Colossians 3

  • Honoring our veterans

        Throughout every war our military personnel have sacrificially given of themselves to protect this country and the well-being of those who fought alongside them. The story below was recorded by one of those veterans who spent his final years at English Meadows, the Elks Home Campus, here in Bedford, before passing away earlier this year.

  • Congress: Support Antitrust Safe Harbor legislation for newspapers

        Information provided by news publishers is essential to our democracy. And now more than ever, it’s important to remind our political leaders of the critical role we play in society.

  • Melding the old with the new for a great business balance

    Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • It’s time for a vote

        Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised there will be a vote this week on  the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
        It’s about time.
        Whichever side of the aisle you sit on, this vetting of the candidate has gone on long enough.
        It didn’t have to be this way.

  • Presidential proclamation

        On this day and during this week, we celebrate the signing of our Constitution, which has proved that Government established by the people through reflection and deliberate choice can thrive and endure, rather than devolve into chaos and upheaval. 

  • Getting ready for the storm

        If early week predictions come true, a major hurricane—Hurricane Florence—will hit the southeast coast late this week impacting not only the coastal regions, but also Central Virginia with heavy rain and wind.
        Local and national officials have been busy keeping us informed of the storm as well as preparations that are being made and that we should make ourselves.
        Here is some of that information:

    From Appalachian Power

  • Small businesses, workers benefiting from tax cuts

        President Donald J. Trump had taxpayers and small business owners in mind when he signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law December 22, 2017. The new law cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% for 2018 and lowered income tax at nearly all levels. Tax cuts for working families allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money and provide more opportunity for everyone to achieve the American dream.