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Today's News

  • C-PAC meeting always a lot of fun

    The American Conservative Union last week completed its 2012 staging of the C-PAC gathering and, as you might expect, there was a lot of right-wing mindlessness on display.
    The Conservative Political Action Conference lends itself every year to those who want to play with the acronym and make it a more realistic rendering, such as Crazed Partisans Against Common sense, or many other such possibilities.

  • Trying to patch up a problem


        I didn’t hear President Barack Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. I’ve seen the full text of it on the Huffington Post Web site (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/obama-speeech-at-national-break...) and I’m sure Rick Howell has also seen it. Mr. Howell quoted from the speech in last week’s Liberal Agenda, and that brought the speech to mind.

  • Eager to Burn? Wait Your Turn

    The spring fire season is here. It can be destructive and costly.
        Virginians are being warned to stay safe.
        That goes for those of us around here, too. We’ve had our share of problems with wildfires locally over the past few years.
        The fire season runs from Feb. 15 through April 30; the threat of wildfires is increased this year due to Virginia’s mild winter.

  • Forest Elem. student is county’s top speller

        Bedford County’s county-wide spelling bee proved that spelling bees are not just for girls. A total of 17 children, one from each elementary school and middle school, competed and three of the final four contestants were boys.

        In the end, Henry Armfield, a fifth grader from Forest Elementary School, and Aaron Plattus, a seventh grader from Bedford Middle School, dueled for three rounds before Armfield claimed the championship. Plattus, the county spelling bee runner-up, will serve as the alternate.

  • Presentation on heart health sponsored by BMH focuses on risks

        Bedford Memorial Hospital kicked off a heart health presentation with a fashion show Feb. 3. The outfits, worn by hospital employees and Bedford Area YMCA staff, were red, or included red at some point.

        Red was at the heart of the event’s theme.
        The centerpiece of the program was a presentation by Dr. David Alligood, director of both emergency services and the Chest Pain Center.

  • Church sponsors program to help local children

        From building rockets to doing homework, sewing to flying kites, children in the Thaxton area are staying busy after school thanks to a local church.

        Epworth United Methodist Church started the after-school program at the beginning of the school year for children in that area.

  • Board forces Guzi to resign

        Bedford County Administrator Kathleen Guzi announced her resignation Monday night at a special meeting called by the Board of Supervisors.

        District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson and District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard had asked that the meeting be held to discuss Guzi, according to District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington.

  • Sports commentary: Jilted

      Picture this.  You're enjoying a nice meal at home when your wife tells you:  "I got an offer from Joe Schmedlap to run off with him.  He's got to work out the details.  If he does, I'm out of here.  If not, I'm happy to stay with you, Puddin'.

  • Blue Monday for local hoopsters

    Valentine's Day is supposedly the holiday of love.

  • Rivermen take Blue Ridge track title, again

      The Staunton River boys flexed some muscle in taking a second-straight Blue Ridge District indoor track championship.