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Today's News

  • Sixth grader’s actions help save fellow student’s life

        One fact that heroes often have in common is that they don’t think they are heroes. They were just doing their job; they were just doing what anybody should have done in their place.        That’s how Nathan Dowdy, a 12-year-old at Forest Middle School, sees what he did last week. He may not have risked life and limb, but another boy may be alive today because he acted quickly in an emergency.

  • Bedford Main Street gets new director

    Bedford Main Street now has a new director.
        And it seems to be a perfect fit.
        Sue Montgomery retired as Bedford County’s director of economic development in 2009 but continued to do work for the county until a new director of economic development was hired last year.
        “I stayed retired for six months,” Montgomery said, “Then I got itchy feet.”

  • Applicant interviews will be in open session

        Residents in District 3 have until April 16 to apply to fill the vacated seat on the Bedford County School Board, left open this month when Brad Whorley submitted his resignation.
        And when they’re interviewed by the board, those interviews will take place in open session, following a vote by board members last Thursday.
        Actually two votes were taken on the matter.

  • School Board seeks additional funding for next year

        Because the Virginia General Assembly has yet to approve the final state budget for the next biennium, last Thursday’s School Board budget work session was short on details.
        But there was plenty of discussion.
        One sure consensus that emerged is the board’s hope that the Bedford County Board of Supervisors will ante up more local funding for schools in 2012-2013.

  • Up to 200 new jobs could be coming to Bedford

        The former Rubatex plant could soon be up and running again under the direction of Gran Tee Investments LLC.
        According to Trevor Ballou, vice president with the company, Gran Tee purchased the plant and hopes to get it operational as soon as possible.
        Ballou and company president Chet Mitchell formed the LLC in Virginia with the express purpose of purchasing the plant. The product will be similar to what was produced when Rubatex was operational.

  • Royal treatment

        For some, this was a trip back in time. And a lot of fun.

        A group of 30 Liberty High School students, members of the school’s Key Club, created an entertaining evening for Elks Home residents by sponsoring what they dubbed “a senior citizens prom.”
        “I had seen the Second Chance Prom [in Lynchburg] and thought ‘Why not make it older?’” said Melanie Smith, a senior and president of the Key Club.

  • Lady Cavs upended

      There's a reason they play the games before handing out trophies.

  • The rude hosts

      Some believe that the Forest area is the best in Bedford County, pointing to Poplar Forest and its proximity to Lynchburg.

  • Sports commentary: Po' athletes

      New Orleans is noted for many great things: music, Mardi Gras, beignets and po' boys among many others.

  • Lady Minutemen stung at the Hive

      The phases of grief include denial, shock, grief and anger.