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Today's News

  • Taking your concerns back to Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the course of the past month, I traveled across the Fifth District, talking with my constituents about what matters most to them.  I am always grateful for the opportunity to spend time in Central and Southside Virginia, and I was able to have many in-depth conversations with Fifth District Virginians about how the policies coming out of Washington are affecting their families, jobs, and businesses.

  • The situation in Syria

    Recent developments in Syria have brought the Middle Eastern country to the center of debate in Congress and to the forefront of Americans’ minds.  What started a few years ago as peaceful protests against the Syrian government has spiraled into an intense civil war.  Since then, the violence has escalated between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces as death tolls continue to rise and Syrians flee the country en masse.

     

  • Emergency Preparedness Month

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        September is Emergency Preparedness Month and Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue wants to help you take action to get prepared for the first seventy-two hours after an event. 
        For the next three weeks we will be offering tips to help you get better prepared for disasters and emergencies. 

  • Contrite 'Cooch' returns the money, sort of

    There are new developments in the improbable tale of right-wing extremist Ken Cuccinelli’s attempt to become governor of Virginia.
        As you remember, Cuccinelli had a part, too, in the saga that has enveloped Governor Bob McDonnell, once thought to be a squeaky clean “Christian conservative.”

  • Vladimir Putin to the rescue?

        President Barack Obama painted himself into a corner with his ill advised red line on chemical weapons and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called his bluff by using nerve gas on Syrian civilians. His credibility—what’s left of it—on the line President Obama had to do something.

  • Guns in town

    Though guns will be allowed in some parts of Bedford soon, don’t expect Main Street to turn into Dodge City. That’s because council appears headed towards a common-sense solution to a problem that popped up as a result of reversion.
        With reversion, a number of properties that were outside of the old city boundaries became a part of the new town. When that happened, those residents, who could previously hunt on their land, were suddenly forbidden to do so because the town ordinance didn’t allow firearms to be fired within the town limits.

  • Thief takes knives from Terry's Country Store

        Thankfully this time, Bob Terry didn’t get hurt.

        Having survived a 2011 attack after closing up Terry’s Country Store one October evening, Terry, who was 81 years old then, continues two years later to man his shop on Dickerson Mill Road.
        In the 2011 attack, Terry was badly beaten and robbed. On Friday, though he lost some merchandise, Terry escaped injury.

  • Stokes let go as head of parks and rec

        Monday was Michael Stokes’ last day as the county’s director of parks and recreation.
        “Tuesday [Sept. 10] morning I was told by the county administrator that the board had decided to terminate me effective yesterday,” Stokes said in a Tuesday morning phone interview.

  • New location offers benefits

        Bob and Jann Sloper are excited about Floors and More’s new location.

        The business moved to Burks Hill Road on Aug. 1 and now occupies the upper level of the large building across the street from The Duchess of Bedford. The Blue Ridge Fitness Center is in the building’s lower level.
        “I think more exposure,” was Jan Sloper’s comment when asked about the advantages the new location provides.

  • Music festival raising funds to help children with cancer

        A fundraiser, called Noahfest, organized last year to help Noah Okuley, then 13, with expenses related to treatment for hodgkin’s lymphoma was so successful that it gave his father, Michael Okuley an idea: Why not do this for other families in the same boat as he was in?