Today's News

  • The Life of George Updike of Huddleston
  • The Religious Right is dead … Amen!

        In the 1988 Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, television preacher Pat Robertson shocked the political world with a second-place finish behind winner Bob Dole.
        George H. W. Bush, the eventual nominee and president, finished a poor third. But the talk of the media and the political intelligentsia was Robertson and the power of what began to be called “the religious right.”

  • It’s still a harsh economy


  • Believest thou this?

    Matthew 27:50-54 (KJV)

  • Jordan leaving Bedford for position in Salem

        Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess announced this week the hiring of Rosie Jordan as the city’s new finance director.

        Jordan goes to Salem from the city of Bedford, where she has been a fixture since 1994. She began her professional career here as an accountant, later became the assistant director of finance and in 2001, was named Bedford’s finance director.

  • Supervisors adopt zoning map

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved a seven district election map, Monday night, on a 4-2 vote.
        The map divides what will be the town of Bedford between District 6 and District 7 with Va. 43 forming the dividing line. County Attorney Carl Boggess noted that the committee that developed the map had to bring 6,000 people into the county while working with congressional district boundaries and census blocks.

  • Date of hearing on middle school location to be changed

        The Bedford County School Board is considering two dates—May 7 or April 30—to reschedule a public hearing to discuss the location for constructing a new middle school in the Liberty Zone.
        Originally slated for May 2, the meeting date has to be changed because of a scheduling conflict.

  • Planners continue look at zoning ordinance amendments

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has nearly finished its comments on the board of supervisors’ proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance.   
        District 2 planning commission member Jeff Burdett said that the corridor overlays requirements are fine in rural areas but too restrictive  at points where the corridor goes through developed areas. In those areas, the planning commission members want to eliminate the overlays’ additional setbacks and allow larger signs.

  • 2nd Amendment rights group to hold local meeting

        The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) will hold a public meeting at the Bedford Central Library Thursday night.

        What is the Virginia citizens Defense League?
        “It’s a grass roots gun rights organization,” said Philip Van Cleave, the organization’s president. “Our mission is to defend people’s right to defend themselves.”

  • Elks open their home to the community

        After more than a century of serving only members of the Elks, the  Elks National Home has opened its doors to the general public.

        The Elks National Home first came to Bedford in 1903. The current facility opened in 1916, with additions built in later years. Up until last year it was a retirement facility for Elks only.    “We are now open to people other than Elks,” said Pamala Mutter, the Elks Home administrator. “We want to share with the public now.”