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Today's News

  • Conservatively Speaking

    As I write this, the results of Tuesday's elections are still unknown. By the time you read this, however, everybody will know.

    At least, I hope everybody was paying attention. Elections are important and Bedford area residents had four contested races on their ballots. I want to thank Delegate Lacey Putney, Lewis Medlin, Sheriff Mike Brown, Chuck Green, Darryl Updike, Andy Dooley, Tom Dooley, Annie Pollard, Julie Bennington and Laura Rodes for having their names on the ballot. They gave voters a choice, something we must have for democracy to work.

  • Honoring those who have served and sacrificed

    Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to honor the lives and sacrifices of our nation?s veterans. America?s veterans have dedicated themselves to securing the safety and freedom of their fellow Americans. We enjoy rights and freedoms unmatched by any other nation in the world and our brave servicemen and women have served throughout history to make that possible. For these selfless actions, we have a responsibility to ensure that our troops are sufficiently provided for when they return home.

  • Solar Decathlon may pave way for future energy ideas

    The United States Department of Energy is challenging College students to think in new ways about energy and what impact it has on our everyday lives. The challenge comes in a competition called the Solar Decathlon.

  • Letters to the editor

    A special 'Thank You' from the family of Ashton Bonds

    The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster ride for me and my family.

    The illness and untimely death of my son, Ashton Bonds has been overwhelming. My heart is broken; and I miss my son so much, but I know that he is with the Lord. The pain has been unbearable at times, but I know that my strength comes from the Lord. Without Him in my life, I don?t know what I would do.

  • A program in which the county would purchase land development rights from property owners might be more hype than help

    Some 40 percent of land in Bedford County is farmland, according to the most recent census by the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

    But that is a shrinking figure.

    From 1997 to 2002 the county lost 8,000 acres, almost 4 percent, of its farmland. Over that same time the county lost 165 farms, 11 percent of its total, which is well above the state average. Across the state, during that five-year period, Virginia lost 1.5 percent of its farmland and 3.6 percent of its farms.

    A new census is due to be taken and those figures are expected to continue the trend.

  • Citizens don't want Oakwood Villas

    At the July 24, 2007, Bedford City Council Hearing, members voted (5 - 2) for an ordinance approving the preliminary plans for Oakwood Villas Town homes (4-plex and duplex patio condominiums behind Bedford Memorial Hospital) and amending the zoning map from R-1 to PRD.

  • MRSA clean up: $216,605

    The cost for hiring a professional cleaning company to sanitize several Bedford County schools after MRSA cases were discovered last month: $216,605.44.

    School officials said the cleaning had to be done to help deal with the community's fears about MRSA, following the death of Staunton River High School senior Ashton Bonds, apparently of complications from acquiring Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

  • Liberty opens playoffs at Botetourt

    The Minutemen get another shot at the Cavs. This time, Liberty won?t be facing their arch-rivals from the East. Instead, these Cavaliers are situated to the west.

    Liberty opens its second season, hitting the road for an opening-round playoff game with Lord Botetourt.

    Liberty is the number 5 seed in Region III, Division 3, while Botetourt is the number 4 seed. Botetourt (4-6) got the higher seed than Liberty (5-5) due to the VHSL points system, despite a worse record.

  • Bedford Mended Hearts celebrates seventh anniversary of organization

    Bedford Mended Hearts ended October by celebrating its seventh birthday.

    Mended Hearts is a national organization dedicated to providing support to heart patients and their families. Most are people who have had a cardiac event and have lived to tell about it. The telling about it is what Mended hearts is all about. These people volunteer to encourage others who are going through the same thing that they survived.

    They can bring the message, " I made it, and so can you."

  • Putney honored by dental community

    Virginia's dental community held a reception at The Inn at Trivium to honor Delegate Lacey Putney on Oct. 30.

    The group noted that Putney was instrumental in securing funds for a new building at Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) School of Dentistry. This will allow the dental school to expand its class size.