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Today's News

  • Burn Ban to begin February 15

        The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2013  which is traditionally the start of spring fire season in Virginia.

  • Conservatism on life support

    Wherever you look in politics and government, you see trends that reflect liberal and progressive goals and a rejection of conservative ideas.
        First and foremost is the result of the November, 2012 election. Republicans ran against Barack Obama by branding him as a big-government extremist, with many even calling him a socialist.

  • The Great Budget War

        Congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama are currently embroiled in their latest battle in The Great Budget War. The year began with a deal, in which President Obama got 90 percent of what he wanted, that prevented the country from going over the “fiscal cliff.” Republicans got virtually nothing for their concessions on taxes.

  • Art in 3 dimensions

        From the time he was a young man, Joe Collins has always loved art, with an interest in three-dimensional art forms.

        “They were so expensive I thought, ‘I can’t afford them, so I’ll make them,’” Collins said.
        So, he became a sculptor.
        “I started out carving wood 35 years ago,” he said.

  • Teachers keep up their push for raises

        The public got its first shot at voicing its concerns about the 2013-2014 school budget, and several voiced support for a teacher pay raise during the Bedford County School Board meeting last Thursday.
        Karen Nuzzo, representing the Bedford County Education Association, told board members that teachers were looking for a raise this year. “It’s been five long years,” she said of the lack of raises for school employees.

  • Bedford CVCC has new director

        The Bedford campus of Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) got a new director, Patrick Gatti, back in October. Gatti took the opportunity this month to introduce himself to the business community during a business roundtable breakfast sponsored by the Bedford County’ economic development department.

  • Bedford Main Street takes a look ahead

        Sue Montgomery, Bedford Main Street’s director, is hoping to get business sponsors for the program. She unveiled a new sponsorship program at a lunch with Bedford business owners recently.
        According to Montgomery, Bedford is one of 25 Main Street communities in Virginia. Bedford has held this designation since 1985. Lynchburg is the largest of the 25.
        “We, of course, are one of the smaller communities,” Montgomery said.

  • Floors and More finds additions for extra space

        Jann Sloper, of Floors and More, has been looking for ways to make good use of the extra space that they have since she and her husband, Bob, moved their flooring business to the 6C’s Shopping Center last year.
        Recently she got the idea of opening up space to three friends who have small businesses. She called them and they liked the idea. This also led to the decision to be open late for 2nd Fridays.

  • Hearing brings out large crowd

        A crowd of about 150 people turned out for a joint public hearing, Monday night, before the board of supervisors and the county planning commission. The issue: proposed changes to the zoning ordinance.
        The hearing was moved to Susie Gibson Auditorium at Bedford Science and Technology Center to accommodate the turnout. Forty people signed up to speak, presenting arguments for or against the supervisors’ proposals.

  • Celebrating Diversity

        Jefferson Forest High School held an assembly last week to celebrate diversity. This had nothing to do with race; it focused on the characteristics that make each of us unique.

        The celebration was the vision of Ameka Cruz and Christin Rhodes, teachers at JFHS. The two sponsor the Unity Club.