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Today's News

  • Commentaries

    Editor’s note: Last week’s editorial that listed the spending per pupil by the school districts in Virginia generated quite a bit of reaction from our readers. Those responding were given the opportunity, through this commentary section, to let their thoughts on the subject be printed. We appreciate those who responded and those are printed below.

    Disappointed in editorial

        Table 15 of the Super-intendent’s Annual Report of Virginia seems to be getting a lot of attention over the last couple of weeks. 

  • Study: Conservatives are lazy thinkers


    Conservatives have always been irritated by studies that show that people who have a good, solid formal education tend to be more liberal than those who aren’t very well educated.
        Simply put, people with more education seem to find out the value of an old saying: The more you know, the more you realize what you don’t know. Knowledge is good and is not to be feared.

  • Maybe he isn’t as bad as Obama


        It looks like Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee for president. Rick Santorum threw in the towel last week, suspending his campaign.

  • Tech team visits Bedford schools

        Members of Virginia Tech’s EcoCAR 2 team paid a visit to Bedford Middle School and Liberty High School (LHS) earlier this month. EcoCAR 2 is a college engineering competition that challenges college students to modify a production GM car to make it more energy efficient. Each competition takes two years and consists of a design phase and a building phase. Tech, was the national winner last year and will be defending its title at the end of next year.

  • Hope’s Diner

        James and Ashley Fincher hope their business venture will be a success.

        It’s called Hope’s Diner, taking its name from their 13-month-old daughter and it occupies the building most recently used by Marcello’s.

  • Sheriff to film movie about child predators

    Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown is bringing Hollywood to Lynchburg this summer to film a movie about a subject matter he unfortunately knows too much about—child predators on the Internet.

  • Neudorfer: Just using total per-pupil spending is unfair when looking at county’s commitment

        District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer believes that focusing on total per-pupil spending by localities is unfair, when looking at the commitment of Bedford County to funding Bedford County Public Schools.

  • Schmookler to challenge in District 6

        Dr. Andy Schmookler, a Shenandoah County Democrat, will challenge incumbent Congressman Bob Goodlatte for the 6th Congressional District seat. Dr. Schmookler said, in a phone interview last week, that he has the party’s nomination.

  • Apartments request gets OK

        A request by developer Bob Conner to rezone a parcel of land in Forest to build apartments got a 6-0 thumbs up from the Planning Commission Monday night.
        The five acre parcel is located off U. S. 221 and is currently part of a larger parcel zoned PID (planned industrial development), across the highway from its intersection with Perrowville Road. Conner needed it rezoned High Density Multifamily Residential in order to build the apartments. Conner proposes to build seven apartment buildings containing 54 units.

  • Local welder has been in business for 50 years

        Leo Klein had been in business for 52 of his 74 years.

        A welder and machinist, he’s been at his current location on U. S. 460, east of Bedford, for 22 years.
        “I came out of Pittsburgh,” Klein said.
        Actually, he has worked for other people, but even at those times, he’s had a business on the side.