Today's News

  • Autism awards

    Commonwealth Autism Service honored Shannon Valentine and Leigh Drewry at an event at the Bedford Welcome Center, for their work on autism.

        Valentine served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006 through 2009. According to Commonwealth Autism, Valentine was the catalyst of a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) report about services for Virginians with autism. Drewry, a lawyer, has been helping people with autism for 20 years and advocates for training attorneys and court services personnel.

  • New Food Lion opens in Moneta

    Moneta’s new Food Lion opened its doors April 21.

        That was a Wednesday, but Store Manager Mike Novitsky had his work cut out for him before the first customer came in. That’s because there wasn’t a single item in the store Monday morning. This is because produce and meat has to be fresh. Novitsky said that Food Lion has a system for stocking a new store quickly.

        “It’s non-stop hard work, but everything falls into place,” he said.

  • Council gets first look at proposed budget

    Bedford City Council will meet next Tuesday, May 11, to begin discussion of a proposed $16 million general operating fund budget that represents a 5.7 percent decrease from last year.

  • FMS team will join Liberty teams at Odessey world competition

    An Odyssey of the Mind team from Forest Middle School will be joining the two high school teams from Liberty High School in the Odyssey of the Mind international competition at Michigan State University at the end of this month. The competition includes students from all over the United States and 30 foreign countries. Teams compete according to age level, so the Forest students will be competing against other middle school teams.

  • Tech program elimination draws concerns

    Concerns about the elimination of a technology lab program at Forest Middle School were expressed by two speakers and one school board member during last week’s regular session of the Bedford County School Board.

        Jonathan Whitt with the Region 2000 Technology Council called the discontinuation of the program “a real blow” to the students at the school.

  • Raising cain over Arizona

    A lot of folks are upset about the governor’s doings down in Arizona.

        Columnist Eugene Robinson described Arizona’s new immigration law as “an abomination - racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust” and Colorado Congressman Jared Polis compared the law to the "second-class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II.”

        As for President Obama, he said the law seeks “to undermine basic notions of fairness.”

  • Letters

    More than expected

        In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week I wanted to share our family’s experience.

  • Bill extends health care benefits to eligible family caregivers under the CHAMPVA program
  • Congress must reduce government spending

    Just days ago President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform met for the first time.  At that meeting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed extreme concern over the effect of out-of-control government spending on the future of our nation’s struggling economy.  Bernanke warned that “even after economic and financial conditions have returned to normal, in the absence of further policy actions, the federal budget appears set to remain on an unsustainable path.”  This same message was previously delivered by Peter Orsza

  • Agent Orange retroactive compensation

    In March and April of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made a couple of important announcements concerning the Agent Orange (AO) disability program.   These included an announcement of the proposed rule published March 25 in the Federal Register stating that about 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouse or estate will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the VA – an average of 11.4 years for the veteran and 9.6 years for survivors.