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  • About recounts

    In Virginia, there are no automatic recounts; only the presumptive losing candidate can ask for a recount; and only in cases where the difference between the apparent winning and losing candidate is not more than 1 percent of the total votes cast for the two candidates. The apparent loser cannot request a recount until after the election is certified.

  • You don't need to leave to succeed, notes local businessman

    Local businessman Ronnie Miller notes that it's not necessary to leave the Bedford area to succeed.

    Miller spoke at the local NAACP's annual Freedom Fund banquet, held at the Peaks of Otter Association's building on Shiloh Church Road. Local NAACP branches across the country hold Freedom Fund banquets to celebrate the past and continue the organization's legacy. Proceeds from the Bedford Branch's banquet are used for local scholarships. The NAACP, itself, is at a historic juncture and will celebrate its centennial next year.

  • SRHS wins school-wide tailgate party

    Staunton River High School (SRHS) is getting a school-wide tail-gate party on Dec. 5 courtesy of YOVASO.

    YOVASO stands for Youth of Virginia Speak Out. It's a state-wide organization that promotes traffic safety to the Commonwealth's teens. The tail-gate party that they are throwing for the SRHS students isn't a gift, either. The teens earned it.

  • JROTC students shed pounds, feel better

    Although obesity is a growing problem among America's youth, three students in Bedford's Junior ROTC unit have won the battle of the bulge.

  • Breaking: Perriello lead jumps to 814 votes

    Democratic challenger Tom Perriello's lead in he 5th District Congressional race jumped to 814 votes Thursday afternoon, as the vote counts continued to be updated following Tuesday's election.

    Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, after holding onto the slimmest of leads for most of the day Wednesday, fell behind challenger Tom Perriello by 31 votes in late afternoon updates Thursday's update turned worse for Goode.

    In the race, Perriello led 158,516 to 157,702 over Goode as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Goodlatte coasts, 5th District race close

    Although the Bedford area bucked the state trend, Barack Obama became the first Democratic Presidential candidate to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The Commonwealth contributed its 13 electoral votes to Obama's 349 electoral vote win.

    Voters in the city of Bedford also favored McCain over Obama 54.75 percent to 44.18 percent (1,497 to 1,208), though the absentee ballots had yet to be counted. County favored McCain by 68.17 percent to 30.75 (24,402 to 11,007).

  • Crash claims county teen

    A county teen was killed in a head-on crash, Monday morning, while driving to school.

    According state police, Tiffany Skylar LaPrade, 16, was driving east on Va. 24 when her 2001 Toyota Camry crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Dodge Ram pick-up driven by Rodney Whorley, of Huddleston. Whorley's truck then ran off the right shoulder of the road and overturned.

    The force of the impact threw LaPrades' car back into her original lane of travel, hiting a Honda Accord driven by Crystal Mayhew, of Vinton. Mayhew was eastbound at the time.

  • NLA staff receive insulin, not flu shots

    A mistake by a school nurse at New London Academy resulted in six staff at the school receiving insulin shots instead of flu shots Friday. Five of the six receiving the shots were sent to the hospital for treatment.

    “All are fine and back at work today (Monday),” noted Ryan Edwards, public relations coordinator with Bedford County Public Schools.

  • JF holds dedication ceremony

    School and county officials officially cut the ribbon on the $38.5 million Jefferson Forest High School Renovation Project last week.

    At a ceremony held at the school Tuesday evening, officials touted the cooperation between the school system and Bedford County in helping have the project finished early and under budget. A working committee between the two boards helped oversee the project.

  • Students learn by teaching

    Bedford Science and Technology Center horticulture students had an opportunity to learn by teaching when they gave a presentation to eighth grade students from the county's middle schools.

    The horticulture students put the displays together, according to Claire Robertson, the horticulture teacher. Displays showed desert plants and students explained why such plants have thick leaves and cacti have spines. The thick leaves store water in drought. Cacti have spines to discourage animals from tapping into the water they've stored.