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Today's News

  • Who will be the best in a crisis?

    Both the "Democrats" and Republicans have chosen the best nominees they could from the field of candidates they had from which to chose.

    Of course, neither John McCain nor Barack Obama have been officially nominated by their respective conventions. However, the party conventions are nothing more than a lot of choreographed nonsense made for TV. These two guys are the nominees.

  • Tasty options

    If you've been waiting to check out what's available at the Bedford Farmers Market, this is the week to do it.

    This is Farmers Market Week across Virginia and we're being urged to choose a day to consume only foods and beverages grown or produced only in the commonwealth.

    And there's plenty to enjoy, right here in Bedford. And you just might win a prize by doing so.

  • Dry weather causes Smith Mountain Project flow reduction

    Appalachian Power is letting a little less water out of Smith Mountain lake due to dry weather.

  • Larcenies up almost 400 percent

    Last month the owner of a BMW left the keys in that car ? unlocked. Two men walking along Blue Ridge Avenue spotted the car, the keys and the opportunity.

    According to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day the men took advantage of the opportunity and stole the car, which eventually wound up in Lynchburg as the men got involved in other crimes in that community.

    One of the men allegedly involved was Joel Cunningham, 21, of Forest who has been arrested and charged with stealing the vehicle. Warrants have also been issued on a second defendant.

  • New Web site will help track biosolids

    Bedford County can't regulate where biosolids are spread, but the county can make it possible for residents to learn where it has been spread.

  • Rasoul seeks 6th District Seat

    Sam Rasoul, a Democrat from Botetourt County, hopes to be the next person to represent the 6th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

    The seat is currently held by Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Rasoul was recently in Bedford for the grand opening of the Bedford City and County Democratic Committees' headquarters.

  • Day camp focuses on performing arts

    Last month, Little Town Players (LTP) gave 27 local youth a chance to learn about theater by doing.

    Every summer LTP holds a theater camp. According to Mickey VanDerwerker, who along with Margie Skalka, runs the day camp, they can only take 20 campers. The problem is the camp is so popular that they hate turning youth away and often fudge that number. There are limits, however. VanDerwerker said that if they get too many youth, it diminishes the learning experience.

  • History you can sink your teeth into

    A group of children from Body camp Elementary School had an opportunity to learn about gardening and history this summer.

    This is the second year the National D-Day Memorial has grown a victory garden. Each year, the garden is grown by local children.

    Victory gardens were part of the homefront during World War II. The idea of the victory gardens was to put more land into cultivation by encouraging people to turn backyards into gardens, growing part of their own food supply.

  • Hardy man gets 8 years for punching child

    A Hardy man will spend the next eight years in jail after being sentenced Friday for fracturing the skull of a 17-month-old child.

    In sentencing Robert Lewis Evans, 24, for child abuse and malicious wounding, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike said the case was one of the most reprehensible he had seen while serving in the court, and sentenced Evans above the guidelines in the case.

  • Planning commission seeks more information before taking action on religious assembly report

    Although Planning Commission Chairman Frederic Fralick was ready Monday to take the Religious Assembly Committee report to a public hearing, other members were not so sure.

    District 5 Planning Commissioner Steve Stevick was the first to question the report, objecting to language in the definitions section of the report.

    The first paragraph defines a religious assembly and then states: "Such Assembly is a protected right under the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, and further guarded by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 as amended."