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Today's News

  • Shame on ‘tea party’ obstructionists

    If the current government shutdown doesn’t illustrate the harm that’s going to be done by the rabid strain of “tea party” conservatism in the national GOP, then some people are just choosing not to understand.
        To hold hostage the very operations of the government itself in order to insanely pursue a strategy that simply cannot work; well, it’s a choice of madmen. It’s Hitler in the bunker stuff...

  • How low can we go?

        You’ve probably noticed, by now, that we have state elections on Nov. 5. The flurry of negative TV ads that have been saturating the airwaves and the robo calls you’ve been getting on your phone probably gave you a clue.

  • BCSO armored vehicle involved in accident

        On Friday October 4, a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy was delivering the Sheriff’s Armored Vehicle to the Sweetwater Camp Ground for a display at its Fall Festival on Saturday.

  • D-Day Memorial open

        The National D-Day Memorial is open and operating as normal in spite of the government shut-down. 

  • NC man pleads guilty to exposing himself online

        A 48-year-old North Carolina man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to exposing himself, via a web camera, to what he thought was a minor under the age of 15.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge a shutdown casualty

        It wasn’t open for long.
        After reopening with a new company late this summer, the Peaks of Otter Lodge was just starting to head in the right direction and get its feet back on track.
        Now the shutdown.
        The Lodge is operated by a private company, Delaware North, and none of its employees are federal employees. Nevertheless, it was forced to close when the federal government began a partial shutdown on Oct. 1. Of the Lodge’s 88 employees, only two are working right now.

  • Killgo enters guilty plea

        The final of five defendants convicted of stealing and destroying a church Nativity scene last December pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday and will spend 60 days in jail for the crime.

         John Morgan Killgo, 20, of Forest, received a 12 month sentence on misdemeanor convictions of destruction of property and petit larceny. Judge James Updike suspended all but two months of that sentence.

  • Atomic veteran

        Veterans of all sorts frequently visit the National D-Day Memorial. Last Friday, John Fatino, an atomic veteran, took a tour.

  • Bedford Area Educational Foundation supports local schools

        The Bedford Area Educational Foundation held a breakfast, Thursday morning, to thank 15 area businesses for their support of the Foundation’s work.
        The Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, was formed 10 years ago to raise money for special classroom projects that are not funded  by taxpayer dollars. So far the organization has made 200 grants, in response to teacher requests, providing $217,000 for classroom projects. Those have included  a greenhouse, a math tutoring initiative and classroom technology.

  • 1 + 1 = Trouble

        With five Bedford County schools now accredited with warning for two straight years, the urgency to find a fix continues to increase.
        One more year could bring even more trouble.
        Overall, only nine of Bedford County's 21 schools are now fully accredited. After the numbers were crunched from last year's Standards of Learning testing, school officials have been busy implementing new strategies to help students get their scores up this year.
        Especially in math.