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Today's News

  • 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."

  • Recreation area dedicated to Vic Thomas

    State dignitaries, local residents and members of the late Delegate Vic Thomas, turned out on a hot Friday afternoon to dedicate the recreation area at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Thomas's honor. The recreation area is the finger of land extending into the lake and includes the beach.

    "This was very near and dear to his heart," commented his wife, Dot Thomas.

    She said that Delegate Thomas had a vision for the park, the beach and the cabins. The couple frequently came to the park while the beach was under construction, checking out the progress.

  • Road closed this week

    Please be advised that 4th Street between Macon Street and West Main Street in the City of Bedford will be closed to all traffic beginning at 7:00 AM on August 4, 2008 until August 8th, 2008 to install a new storm water drainage pipe. Detours will be established using Summit Street and Macon Street.

  • Obama will restore America's reputation

    On his recent trip abroad, Sen. Barack Obama saw evidence of the fact that our European allies, like most Americans, want our next president to offer a change of direction.

    After touring Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands of people, many of them young, in Berlin, Germany. He reminded his audience of the long ties between the U.S. and Europe. He knew he was speaking before a crowd that has recently seen the U.S. as a swaggering, arrogant power that, under Bush and Cheney, thumbs its nose at the world.

  • Letters

    Why not have parade in the afternoon?

    In reading about the dispute on when to have the Christmas parade in Bedford, I wondered why it couldn't be held in the afternoon as it was done for decades.

    If I remember correctly, it was changed to the morning because of a conflict that year with a Liberty High championship to be held that afternoon. After that year, it was as if no one realized that the parade could be held in the afternoon as usual.

  • The American Energy Act

    Not a day goes by when I am not asked about rising energy prices. These increased costs affect everyone. A large number of factors have combined to put pressure on energy and gasoline prices, including diminishing U.S. oil production, increased world demand for crude oil, and U.S. refinery capacity that is inadequate to supply gasoline to a recovering national economy. These are serious problems that will not go away with time, and they require real solutions that will restore American energy independence and help ease the pain of record cost fill-up.

  • Keep Your Pets Safe

    Many of us are pet lovers.

    Calculations using national averages supplied by the Humane Society of the United States stated there are an estimated 16,387 dogs, 17,543 cats, 3063 birds, 2,363 horses, 1,263 pocket pets and 975 reptiles in the Bedford Community. But our animals are often the last members of our families that we plan for when facing an emergency.