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Today's News

  • Lawsuit moved to federal court

        A lawsuit,  alleging that racism motivated the school board to close Body Camp Elementary School rather than Moneta Elementary, has been moved to federal court.
        A hearing was originally scheduled in Bedford County Circuit Court, last Friday afternoon, but the decision to move it to federal court was made prior to the hearing.

  • It’s been peachy!

        Walter Gross has been growing peaches in Bedford County for 61 years.

        A. J. Gross and sons — Walter, who turns 81 this fall is one of the sons — planted its first block of peach trees in 1954, the year after Gross graduated from Bedford High School.
        A lot has changed over those years. Walter recalls that his senior class took a class trip to New York in 1953. The teens raised their own money and rented a Trailways bus for $500.

  • Hostutler: $38M might not be enough

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted, last week, to set a maximum price tag of $38 million on the construction of a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Bower Center begins makeover

        Dr. John Bower, whose donation made the Bower Center for the Performing Arts possible, came to Bedford, Friday, for a groundbreaking ceremony that kicks off a major renovation for the building.

         The renovation project will build a new front to the building and add an elevator, improving handicapped access and new restrooms.
        Fred Duis, president of the    Wharton   Foundation, opened the ceremony.

  • Taking necessary steps toward a viable, reliable health care system

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Keeping internet access tax-free

    The clock is ticking down on a key law that protects Internet freedom. On October 1, 2015, a temporary moratorium on state taxation of Internet access will expire.

     

  • Why close Thaxton Elementary?

    By Jeannie Crawn
    Thaxton

        When I would drop my child off at Thaxton Elementary School I always felt like I was leaving her with family. Everyone there would greet you with a smile and helped you to the best of their ability.

  • One of the deadliest drugs

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        In light of the large heroin bust made last week, I wish to emphasize the overall importance of getting this drug off our streets and how such a drug can bring a wonderful community like Bedford, to its knees if allowed to fester.  As a Sheriff’s Office we are concerned about getting the heroin addicts help, we are also equally concerned about the damage they inflict on innocent members of society.

  • Pope Francis: Climate change a moral issue

    Pope Francis first got the attention of the political world several months after his 2013 election, when, in answer to a question, he said, “I’m not a right-winger.”
        Progressives all over the world knew, at that moment, that a new day had dawned. This wasn’t going to be a Pope in the style of the German Benedict XVI, or even the socially conservative Pope John Paul II.

  • Power is derived from the people

        We are now, as I write, between two milestones on the road toward the freedom we now enjoy. Last week, we marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, when English nobles forced King John to affix his seal to copies of a document that recognized some individual rights.
        Initially, these English nobles were the beneficiaries but the council of barons Magna Carta provided grew into Parliament with its House of Lords and House of Commons and the rights recognized became seen as rights of Englishmen in Genera.