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Today's News

  • FEMA would do county residents justice by giving its flood plain map a second look

    The Federal Emergency Management Administration hasn't had the best of records lately so Bedford County is right to be checking behind FEMA on its study of flood zones.

    With the flooding in the Midwest still fresh in this nation's mind, no one who should be covered with flood insurance should be without it. At the same time, those who don't need the insurance shouldn't be required to pay the extra money for it.

    That's what the county's study is all about.

  • Letters

    Helping area students

    I remember my first day of school.

    I eagerly clutched onto my new book bag that contained my new crayons, pencils, paper, glue, ruler, scissors and erasers and climbed onto the school bus in anticipation of an exciting year. These were the days before we were expected to bring soap, paper towels, tissues and wet wipes to school, so I didn?t have to think about those things. All I could think about was getting to school and meeting new friends and impressing my teachers.

  • What would General Lee do?

    A Confederate Flag on a private vehicle on the grounds of Liberty High School! Oh my God! Right smack in the middle of a county that supplied over 3,000 soldiers [our forefathers] to the Confederacy and suffered over 400 battle deaths in the war.

  • Getting their hands dirty

    For 20-year-old Jed Mabry of Bedford, the past five weeks have been an opportunity for him to literally dig into history.

    Mabry, a history major at Liberty University, is excited to take back what he's learned from his time at the 20th annual Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.

    The nine students participating this year wrapped up their work July 4. While Mabry was local, the others came from all over the country, including the states of Virginia, Michigan, Oregon, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania and

    Georgia.

  • Lowe's opens its doors in Bedford

    By July 4, Bedford Lowe's manager Steve Pingley said the store was ready for business. On Monday, it opened its doors.

    "We could have opened last week," Pingley said of getting the store ready.

    The official grand opening of Lowe's of Bedford, located at 1820 E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike, will be this Thursday, July 10. There will be a "Board Cutting" ceremony at 10 a.m. and shopping spree give-aways throughout the day.

  • Bedford man gambles himself to 90-day jail sentence

    James Keith Norman of Bedford, convicted last September for embezzling money to help pay for a gambling habit, was scheduled to appear in court for sentencing earlier this year.

    Norman, however, didn't appear for his court date and he was picked up in Las Vegas, Nevada, in March, and extradited back to Bedford County.

    Norman appeared in court last Tuesday, July 1, for his sentencing after what Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike called "about as a severe a case of failure to appear" as he had ever seen.

  • City: Power outages on AEP side

    According to Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski, the cause of Monday's multiple power outages in Bedford has been tracked down.

    The city lost power numerous times during the late morning and early afternoon hours. The outages disrupted businesses, causing computer systems to go down multiple times.

    Kolakowski said that city electric department crews, working in cooperation with American Electric Power (AEP), traced the problem to control wires on circuit breakers at an AEP substation that feeds power to the city's power grid. AEP has fixed the problem.

  • Motion granted

    A Bedford County man may appear before a Bedford County Circuit Court Jury for as many as seven separate trials, following a motion to have separate trials on the 12 felony charges he is facing.

    Keith Lee Dotson of Otterhill Road, was charged in February with 12 felony sex offenses involving two girls under the age of 13. Dotson faces four counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of aggravated sexual battery and five counts of inanimate object sexual penetration.

  • Boxley quarry yields two-ton stromatolite

    It looks a bit like a flying saucer, but it has nothing to do with outer space. It's a stromatolite and it came out of the Boxley Quarry located off U. S. 460 right on the western edge of Bedford County.

    What's a stromatolite?

    Stromatolites are formed by mats of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. These microbes have chlorophyll and produce oxygen via as a byproduct of photosynthesis. They also secrete carbonate minerals which, mixed with any sediment that gets mixed up with the bacterial mat, form layers of stone.

  • Long overdue

    A Navy Squadron recently received a presidential unit citation for service in a combat zone — in Vietnam.

    Most units that receive citation are so honored shortly after leaving combat. Robert Gross, a Big Island resident, believes three factors contributed to his unit's delay.