Today's News

  • Avenel gets a new roof

    Unless you are handy with tools and really enjoy climbing ladders, a leaky roof means its time to find a roofing contractor. The decision gets a bit complicated when the house in question happens to be a 172-year-old historic home.

        Dr. Paul Rhodes, a member of the Avenel Foundation board of directors, said that Foundation members recently noticed stains on the ceiling of an upstairs room. The stains indicated a roof leak and Dr. Rhodes, who also acts as Avenel’s de-facto grounds keeper, went up to the attic to take a look.

  • Firefighters need your help

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department could use a little help.

        The volunteer firefighters have to raise their own money for equipment. That’s why they’ve sent out their annual fundraising letter.

  • Census 2010: Taking the count

    Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution specifies that a census shall be taken every 10 years in order to decide how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives.

        This is the year.

        That first census took place in 1790, when George Washington was president, and this puts the decennial count at the beginning of each decade. It’s 2010 and that means it’s time for us to do it again, for the 23rd time.

  • Supervisors won't raise rates next year

    Bedford County taxpayers won’t be paying any increased taxes next year. The tax rates the Board of Supervisors voted to advertise, following a Thursday evening work session, are unchanged from the current rates.

  • Waynesboro residents charged in connection with body found in river

    Three Waynesboro residents have been charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder in connection with the death of a Churchville man found dead in the James River March 7.

        Bedford and Augusta County deputies arrested the three suspects last Wednesday, March 17, in connection with the investigation that was initiated when the body of a then-unidentified male was found in the James River at the Snowden Bridge in Big Island. 

  • With health care reform now a done deal, this is what they are saying

    President Barack Obama: “...At a time when the pundits said it was no longer possible, we rose above the weight of our politics ... we proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges. We proved that this government -- a government of the people and by the people -- still works for the people.

        “...Today’s vote answers the prayers of every American who has hoped deeply for something to be done about a health care system that works for insurance companies, but not for ordinary people.

  • Letters

    Keep schools open

        As a citizen of Bedford County and a resident of the Body Camp Community, I believe there are more options than closing schools.

        To mention a few: 1) Stop allowing maintenance employees who are not on call 24 hours to drive school board vehicles home. Stopping this would free up vehicle up vehicle and gas funds that can be used elsewhere. 2) Start cutting salaries from the top down, beginning with Central Office personnel. 3) Stop running activity buses.

  • Filling out the 2010 census

    In recent weeks, I have heard from dozens of Virginians regarding the 2010 Census. The U.S. Constitution requires that every ten years the government take a census to count the population. Many Virginians have already received their 2010 Census questionnaire in the mail, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to respond.


  • Gulf War illnesses

        Gulf War illness, previously called Gulf War Syndrome, is a controversial diagnosis, and some have questioned whether it really exists.

  • Virginia’s extremist attorney general

        During the 2009 campaign for governor, many of us on the Democratic side tried to warn people that voting for Ken Cuccinelli for attorney general would be a great mistake.

        The state senator had a paper trail record as an extreme right-winger who had demonstrated his great desire to pursue his ideological fantasies down whatever yellow brick road he could take.