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Today's News

  • Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

        All people on Medicare should remember that October 15 will be the opening date for the Open Enrollment period for Medicare Part D for 2014.
        This has nothing to do with the new Health Care Exchanges; this is Medicare Part D, the prescription drug part of Medicare. Everyone receiving Medicare has the period from October 15-December 7 to select a Medicare Part D plan for 2014. The plan in which you are enrolled on midnight Dec 7th is the plan you must stay in for all of 2014.

  • Cuccinelli’s tea bag is leaking

    It might be just about time to head into your kitchen, select your finest knife, and get ready to plunge it into the political turkey we know as “Ken Cuccinelli for Governor.”
        Cuccinelli has so much going against him, it’s very difficult right now to see how he could pull this out on November 5.

  • A failure of leadership

        As I write this column, the partial government shutdown is still dragging on and the deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling is looming. Subscribers receive the Bedford Bulletin by mail on Thursday, so, by the time you read this Congress will have either reached an agreement or the United States will be on the brink of sailing into uncharted waters — a first-ever default on our sovereign debt.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge reopens

        Although the Peaks of Otter Lodge is operated by a private company — none of its staff or management are federal employees — it was closed by the Federal Government shutdown on Oct. 1. Va. 43, which uses a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, remained open, however, as did the Parkway itself.
        Now, the Lodge is open again.

  • Council approves firearms hunting regs for the town

        Attempts to lower the caliber of bullet that can be fired within the old town limits—or to prevent hunting there altogether—failed last Tuesday as Bedford Town Council approved amendments to the town ordinance allowing some firearms hunting within the town limits.

  • New 4-H agent joins County extension service

        Beth Hawse came by her love for 4-H the old-fashioned way—she lived it.

        As a fourth-grader she saw a presentation on all that 4-H camp had to offer and she knew she had to take part.
        “I was hooked,” she said of her camp experience.
        And it’s been a part of her life ever since.
        Hawse is the new extension agent in Bedford County in charge of 4-H Youth Development.

  • Coyote Lottery program a success; will expand this year

        A program to help encourage coyote hunting here in Bedford County was so successful last year, it is expanding this year.

  • Johnsons win state award for young farmers

        W. P. Johnson, and his wife, Dr. Amy Johnson, were awarded this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation Excellence in Agriculture Award for Virginia.

        “We competed as a couple,” said W. P. Johnson.
        “That’s quite an honor,” he commented.
        Johnson said the awards are based on what a farmer does to promote agriculture and educate people about it. Candidates are asked what they believe the three main challenges are that young farmers face today.

  • Local fish farm brings fresh fish to customers

    John Graham has been interested in farming fish since the mid-1990s—now he’s doing it, right in his own backyard.

        Graham, who lives off Peaks Street in the town of Bedford, has seen his dream grow from a few fish in his living room aquarium into a combination of large-recirculating systems and ponds with, at any given time, hundreds of fish successfully growing to the proper size for harvest.
        In essence, he has a series of “very large fish tanks on steroids.”

  • Bedford County Farm Bureau celebrates 60 years

        Bedford County Farm Bureau celebrated its 60th anniversary at the annual dinner this month. The Farm Bureau presented its 2013 Distinguished Service Award to Roger Grant, one of the local organization’s original members. Grant was born on his family’s farm, graduated from Montvale High School in 1950 and started his own dairy farm in 1952.