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Today's News

  • Pin the blame tail on the donkey

        Rick Howell doesn’t have to worry about me going soft on Barack Obama, a concern he expressed in last week’s Liberal Agenda. I still think President Obama is a disaster. I also remain convinced that Barack Obama hates America, that is, he believes the United States has been a force for evil in the world and he wants to dismantle our global influence.

  • Appreciating teachers

    Many schools will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this week or next and hopefully students and parents will take that opportunity to let Bedford County’s teachers know they are, indeed, appreciated.
        Unfortunately that sentiment didn’t come out from last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

  • Forum gives area voters chance to meet 3 of 4 vying for 19th House seat

        Three of the four candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the 19th House of Delegates seat showed up in Bedford last week to speak before a candidate forum held at the Bedford Municipal Building.

        Zachary Hatcher, Zach Martin and Jim McKelvey showed up speak. Terry Austin did not attend. According to Charlene Poole, who spearheaded the effort, Austin, like McKelvey and Martin, had received an invitation to the event three weeks ago. Hatcher got his notice late because he had only recently announced his candidacy.

  • City begins talking budget—for the town

        Reversion is getting closer. Last week’s Bedford City Council meeting was certainly an indication of that.
        Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski presented what would become Bedford’s first town budget in more than four decades, once council weighs in, makes changes and ultimately approves it. As of July 1 Bedford will revert to a town, becoming part of Bedford County once again.

  • Flood to step down

        When Bedford’s new town council convenes for its first meeting in July, Mary Flood will not be on it. After serving on City Council since 1995, Flood is not seeking a seat on Town Council.

        Flood was appointed to City Council to fill the unexpired term of Peyton Otey. She was elected to her first full term in 1998.

  • Bob Wandrei

        Bob Wandrei just won reelection to Bedford City Council in November, but now he has to do it all over again. That’s because City Council will cease to exist on June 30 and Wandrei wants to be on the new town council that takes on July 1.

        Last fall’s election was contested, but this time there are seven candidates for seven seats. However, there is competition. The top four vote-getters in next week’s election will get full four year terms on the town council. The others get two-year terms.

  • Pollard responds; reporter posts reaction

    To the many citizens who have been supportive of my remarks at a recent board meeting, I want to thank you. To the journalist who deliberately misled the public, I say that is journalism at its worst.
    To the majority of Bedford County teachers, I want to repeat my statement from the same meeting which is, “I know that Bedford County has some of the best teachers in the State…”

  • Jim Vest

    Jim Vest grew up in the town of Bedford. Today Vest lives in the city of Bedford.

        Now, he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        Vest is currently a Bedford City councilman. He previously served on City Council from 1982 to 1994, including a tour of duty as vice mayor. Vest said he left at that point because he believed in term limits at the time. He returned in 2006 and has served ever since.
        “It was suggested that I run again, so I did,” Vest said.

  • Skip Tharp

        Skip Tharp is the longest serving member on Bedford City Council. He’s held seat on that elected body since 1992. Now, he want’s to serve on the new town council which will replace City Council on July 1 when Bedford reverts to town status.

        Why does he want to be on Town Council?
        “To see us through the transition,” Tharp replied.

  • C. G. Stanley

        C. G. Stanley has served on Bedford City Council since 2002. With Bedford’s reversion to town status coming up on July 1, Stanley is seeking a seat on the new Town Council.

        He’s a Bedford native.
        “I’ve got some good memories of growing up here, good lasting memories,” he said.
        Stanley described Bedford as a thriving community in his youth.