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Today's News

  • Chamber hands out honors at '50s themed dinner

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce awarded honors at a '50s themed dinner last week.

    A social hour, prior to the dinner, featured recordings of '50s rock-and-roll. During the dinner, itself, "The A'Cafellas" sang music from the '50s, which adapted well to the male a'capella ensemble. The young men are from E. C. Glass High School and barely remember the '90s but all agreed that their performance was thoroughly professional.

  • Vote ends in stalemate

    Residents of Cedar Key, a neighborhood on Smith Mountain Lake, are still waiting for a decision on a rezoning request after a tie vote by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.

    A number of homeowners in the neighborhood want their land rezoned from AP (agricultural preserve) to R-1 (low density residential). The planning commission had voted, earlier this year, to rezone 16 of the 29 parcels and to fix a split zoning problem on three others.

  • Fundraising letter has a new look

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department's annual fundraising letter will have a new look this year.

    According to Tom Richardson, the fire department's treasurer, the department had the letter redesigned to make it more eye-catching. One of its features is the department's new ladder truck, which went into service in January.

  • ABC employee finds, returns money

    Only in our wildest dreams do we see money floating across the landscape.

    Robyn Barbour had such an experience recently. Her subsequent actions prevented a nightmare for a fellow human.

    An employee of the Bedford ABC store, Barbour was gazing out the shop's front window, on a blustery day, along with store manager Pansy Edwards.

    Suddenly, she turned to Edwards and stated, "I thought I saw some money fly by." Barbour had seen a bill zip across the parking lot, in the direction of Cato's women's apparel shop.

  • Donation provides funds for teen driving program

    The Bedford Police Department is hoping to use an electric golf cart to help teens learn bout the dangers of impaired driving.

    The typical teen crash involves some sort of distraction plus speed, which is then coupled with running off the road and overcorrecting. The combination is too often deadly, as this area knows well.

  • County resident seeks to overturn Oakwood Villas decision

    A county resident has filed a lawsuit against Bedford County in an effort to overturn it's decision to rezone land to clear the way for a condominium development called Oakwood Villas.

  • County resident seeks to overturn Oakwood Villas decision

    A county resident has filed a lawsuit against Bedford County in an effort to overturn its decision to rezone land to clear the way for a condominium development called Oakwood Villas.

  • Boys' soccer preview--Staunton River

    The question for this year's version of the Staunton River boys' soccer team is whether it can overcome the churn at the top to improve upon last year's surprisingly good season.

    With its fifth head coach in seven seasons, there can be little doubt that the team is looking for some stability. New Head Coach Robert Morck hopes to provide that stabilizing influence. However, this year, he'll have to deal with the departure of two main cogs from last year: Keeper Evin Guilliams and center midfielder Jarrett Graham.

  • Boys' soccer preview--Liberty

    The Liberty boys' soccer team recently got together to watch the movie "Miracle." The flick, about the U.S. Olympic Hockey team's preparation for, and defeat of, the mighty Soviet Union's team, could serve as an inspiration for the Minutemen's upcoming season.

    The message of that movie was that players had to think of their team first, putting personal ambitions on the back burner. "I don't want just talent," said Head Coach T Fox. "I want that talent to play as a unit."

  • Anger over March Madness--commentary

    Well, we've gotten through another "Selection Sunday" and, in a development that surprised absolutely nobody, there are folks who are unhappy with the output.

    There are really two classes of those that are mad over March Madness. The first group consists of those fans, coaches, administrators, alumni and straphangers of teams that were, in their minds, mis-seeded (is that a word?).