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Today's News

  • Romney won’t be stopped now

    Primaries and caucuses will continue as the Republican presidential race plays out until the summer convention, but for all practical purposes, it’s over. Mitt Romney will be the party’s 2012 nominee for president.
        There seems to be no realistic scenario for anyone – even a still-mentioned “late entry” into the race – to prevent what appears inevitable.

  • The public’s right to know shouldn’t be a burden

    Gadov. Bob McDonnell released this week 20 ways in which he wants to see the state government become less burdensome on local governments. Some of those are good ideas and should be addressed. Some, however, are simply an ongoing attempt to hide what government is doing and should be rejected.
        When it comes to having the government’s actions open to the public, any attempts to hide those actions is a step backward. That’s why including two references to the public’s right to know in the mandate proposal is not acceptable.

  • City eliminates fee

        Retail merchants in the city of Bedford going out of business won't be required any longer to pay a fee to run a “going-out-of-business” sale.
        But they still will have to obtain a permit for that sale.
        At last week's City Council meeting, council voted 6-0 to eliminate a $65 fee that had previously been charged to file the permit. Last month Vice Mayor Robert Wandrei brought up the issue—after being approached by a local business that was closing—about the fee.

  • Burned out with no insurance

        Brenda Holland, and her daughter and son and law, were able to escape their burning home last week.

  • Hurt addresses Chamber Roundtable

        Congressman Robert Hurt drew a contrast between the Virginia General Assembly and Congress when he spoke before a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce roundtable last week. Hurt served in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. The General Assembly convened in Richmond the same day.

        Hurt said that the General Assembly operates with compromise, while in Congress, everybody wants to get their own way because they can borrow 40 cents of every dollar they spend.

  • Business grows one stitch at a time

        A business that started in Carissa Suter’s Bedford County home outgrew the house, and is still growing. Last year it ceased to be a one-woman operation when Suter hired an assistant and a seamstress.

        The business is called The Gilded Thimble and is located in the Bedford Mini-Mall on North Bridge Street.
        Suter used to design and make items for boutiques and do custom sewing for private clients.

  • BZA backs property owner

        A hearing before Bedford’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) last week was historic. It’s the first time Bedford’s BZA has convened in 10 years. The result was that the BZA unanimously upheld the property owner’s appeal.

  • Trip to Guatemala leads him to raise funds to build a well

    Hunter Smith got a brief taste of what it’s like to not have clean water.

  • Superintendents present 'Blueprint' for education reform

        School superintendents from around the Commonwealth have come together to present a blueprint for reforming education in Virginia.

        And Bedford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch is encouraged Gov. Bob McDonnell has several of those reforms on his list as well. He added that the plan also covers many of the issues included in the BCPS strategic plan.

  • New chairman

    It took a few votes, but the Bedford County School Board finally elected its new chairman,  District 2 board member Dave Vaden.

        Vaden got the nod over District 5 board member Julie Bennington.