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Editorial

  • Next Steps

    Governor McAuliffe’s statement on events in Charlottesville
     
    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the statement below regarding the next steps he and his administration will take following the events this past weekend in Charlottesville:

  • What would it buy?

        If you had $517,000 sitting around with nothing to do, what could you buy?
        A 3600 square foot waterfront home on Smith Mountain Lake with three bedrooms and four baths and a dock would be one option. That price was $479,000 for a listing this week.

  • He missed the ball; but now he has a ring

        Steve Bartman now has a Chicago Cubs World Series ring.
        The Cubs organization offered the ring to the team’s infamous fan as a gesture of goodwill and an attempt to “provide closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series.”

  • All thumbs

    Thumbs up: Bedford County School Board
        Thumbs up to the Bedford County School Board for voting to give Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch another three years at the helm of the school system.
        Dr. Schuch came to Bedford in the midst of a financial downturn that severely affected the money available at the local, state and federal levels. Dr. Schuch helped lead the school system through those tough times of lost jobs and closed schools while continuing to look ahead.

  • Good signs

        There are some good signs taking place in and around Bedford.
        The opening of Beale’s Brewery has been a big hit and has provided a good number of jobs. The first few weeks have brought in plenty of folks -- some seeking the atmosphere, some the specially brewed Beale’s beer, some wanting to partake of the quality BBQ being offered.

  • The Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice is well-known to visitors at the Peaks of Otter. As well he should be. Rice has worked along the Parkway since 1958 and much of that time was spent at the Peaks of Otter Lodge after it opened in 1964.
        Now Rice will be remembered for years to come as visitors gather in the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge, officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting last Wednesday. The room, which has a splendid view of Abbott Lake and Sharp Top, can be used for conferences, wedding receptions and other events held there.

  • Different times

        We’ve seen just this past week how different media coverage of the presidency can be.
        Had the main stream media treated President Obama the way it is now treating President Trump, a much different narrative would have been painted on Trump’s predecessor.

  • Remembering

        ...Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.

  • Be safe out there

        National Safe Boating Week is May 20-26. 
        As with any such designation, the week is to serve as a reminder of what is important all year long. With Memorial Day upon us, marking the unofficial beginning of the summer season, it’s always important to take note of safety precautions when out on your boats and other crafts.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is using this week to remind all boaters to stay safe this summer, and always wear a life jacket while on the water.

  • Playing politics

        The state of politics in Bedford County is that if you want to get elected to the Board of Supervisors you have to be endorsed by the Republican Party.
        That’s why, for the second election in a row, a primary will likely determine who gets elected to the board.
        Party politics should not be at play when it comes to local officials such as the supervisors.