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Today's News

  • Georgia on my mind

    A couple of weeks ago our Governor Tim Kaine claimed that pigs fly. He didn't actually say that he saw a porker take to the air on wings, but what he did say was equally absurd.

    After stomping Georgia's army flat, the Russian army stopped. Kaine proclaimed that Russia was heeding Barack Obama's call for them to do so.

  • Letters

    Thanks for concern

    Christopher and our entire family would like to publicly thank all of the people who came to our home, called and went to the paper or even contacted the police department in response to the letter about Christopher's stolen bike.

    We have been absolutely amazed that people who had no idea who we were would offer to buy a child a new bike. When I wrote the letter my only hope was that the thief would see the letter and return the bike. That did not happen but God gave us so much more.

  • If one life is saved, the teen driver safety program will be worth the effort

    Tim Groover knows all too well the heartbreak of losing a child in an automobile crash involving a teen driver.

    In November 2002, his 15-year-old daughter Brittany was killed as the result of an accident while riding with another teen. That car went out of control and slammed into a school bus in front of Forest Middle School. The last entry in his daughter's diary on her computer stated: "You cannot change your beginning, but you certainly can change your ending."

  • Supervisors consider cell tower requests

    Two cell tower applications met different reactions when they came before the board of supervisors, Monday night.

  • Parents choose to keep students at Bedford Primary, Elementary

    Though they had the opportunity to send their children to another school, parents of students at Bedford Elementary and Bedford Primary schools are happy to have their students stay just where they are.

    "I think what we heard is that people in Bedford just really trust the principals and staff at those two schools," said Karen Woodford, literacy development specialist with Bedford County Public Schools. "They just really love their schools."

  • Project's goal is to reduce teen accidents

    Before long, some teen drivers in Bedford County will be told about any bad driving habits by a monitor in their vehicle. The goal: Stop a problem before an accident occurs.

    Newly licensed teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than their adult counterparts, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. With that fact in mind, VTTI is partnering with the Bedford County and Montgomery County school systems in the Virginia Teen Driver Coach Safety Project.

  • Friends remember an outdoorsman

    It's been said that you can tell how well a man has lived his life by the number of people who attend his funeral.

    Gene Parker, who died of cancer at his home on Parker Road, must have lived very well, considering the fact that as many as 900 people passed through Tharp Funeral Home last week during visitation hours.

  • Fit for life: Funding gives program running start

    The target for fitness is 225 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

    YMCA executive director Mary Jo Boone noted, Friday, that although that's the goal, the national trend among youth is downward for physical activity and upward for obesity. The Carol M. White Physical Education Grant, a federal grant funded by Congress, is intended to combat that.

  • Abuduction case charges sent to grand jury

    A Bedford County woman testified Monday in General District Court that the man who allegedly abducted and raped her the day after Christmas last year said he was mad at his former girlfriend and had to take it out on somebody, adding she was an easy target.

    Following the preliminary hearing, Judge James Farmer certified charges of rape, abduction, malicious wounding and sodomy (two counts) against George Leroy Keaton Jr., 30, of Bedford County to the next meeting of the Bedford County grand jury.

  • Little Caesars moves to new location

    Bedford's Little Caesars is now cooking up pizzas at its new location directly across U. S. 460 from Bedford's Wal-Mart.

    The pizza restaurant had been in the old Winn/Dixie shopping center at the west end of Bedford for 16 years. The new location, according to Patrick O'Connell, is part of a new strategy to get the restaurants out of strip malls and into bright, visible, stand-alone facilities.

    Actually, O'Connell owns more than the Bedford Little Caesars. He owns a multi-restaurant franchise. He opened his 20th restaurant in Roanoke in April.