Today's News

  • Governor’s race under way, but few notice

    Virginia will be the most politically-watched state in the country later this year, but you sure wouldn’t know it right now.
        Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor, is getting around the state and meeting with supporters. He was in Roanoke last week, and again this week.
        McAuliffe knows that a significant drop in voter turnout from 2012 could very well put his opponent, the extremist attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, in office.

  • Setting priorities won’t be easy

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington told me that the supervisors plan to get an early start on next year’s budget. Arrington said that, as soon as they finish their work on revisions to the zoning ordinance, they will start discussing budget priorities. The impression I got is that they will be doing that this summer.

  • The truth must come out

    At least one top diplomatic official believes that the US military could have prevented an attack in Benghazi last Sept. 11, had fighter jets been deployed in a timely manner.
        Other reports continue to surface claiming a cover-up by the Obama Administration on Benghazi, to deflect the true nature of the attack prior to the November elections.
        Even further, some reports show a president detached from the attack on the American Embassy in which US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed.

  • Finalists named for County Teacher of the Year

        A panel of judges has selected three finalists for 2014 Bedford County Teacher of the Year.
        They are: Kathy Barton, Thaxton Elementary School; Kelly Brown, Liberty High School; and Wendy Singleton, Jefferson Forest High School.
        The overall county winner will be announced during an annual recognition dinner at Boonsboro Country Club next Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    Kathy Barton

  • Lunch and plant sale provides needed funds

        The Blue Ridge Garden Club’s annual lunch and plant sale drew about 150 people to Main Street United Methodist Church as the month of April closed out.

  • Driver’s ed fleet has two new vehicles

        Two 2011 Dodge Avengers will be joining Bedford Public Schools’ drivers’ education program.

        According to Dr. Mac Duis, the school division’s director of instruction, the focus of the driver’s ed program has been changed from using a driving range at Bedford Science and Technology Center to over-the-road training. This will provide a more realistic experience to the students.

  • NAACP plans new spring event for May 18

        The Bedford Branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a new spring event, which members hope to hold every year.

        It’s their First Freedom Fund Fellowship and will take place in Centertown Bedford’s Farmers’ Market, located on Washington Street on Saturday, May 18 from 2-6 p.m.
        “We plan to have Gospel groups and a variety of different types of music,” said Ronnie Miller, the Bedford Branch’s president.

  • BMH shows its appreciation

        April was National Volunteer Appreciation Month and Bedford Memorial Hospital thanked its volunteers with a lunch at Bedford Columns. The event also included door prizes donated by area businesses.

        Dr. Fred Conner, Bedford County Public Schools’ supervisor of career and technical education, spoke about the school division’s 50 partnership with Bedford Memorial. Conner, in turn, got some special attention from the lunch’s live entertainer.

  • Austin wins firehouse primary

    Terry Austin, a member of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors is the Republican Party's nominee to replace Delegate Lacey Putney in the House of Delegates. Putney, who announced in March that he will not seek reelection, represents the 19th District which comprises Allegheny County, Botetourt County and a portion of Bedford County.

    Austin won Tuesday evening's firehouse primary in a four way race which included Zachary Hatcher, of Botetourt County and Zach Martin and Jim McKelvey, of Bedford County.

  • Council to advertise tax rate of 30 cents

        When Bedford reverts to town status on July 1, town residents will pay both the county real estate tax of 50 cents per $100 of assessed value and a town real estate tax.