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Today's News

  • Don't be like Tiger - Sports commentary

      My brother has a sign hanging over his workbench.  It reads, “Happy wife, happy life.”

  • Christmas Station helps 300 families this year

    Marilyn Overstreet has been on both sides of the fence when it comes to Christmas.

        As a young child in a family of 11 children she was often the one receiving help at this time of years from those more fortunate. Now, she’s giving back, helping those who were in the same shoes she faced as a child.

  • Building his own home led to business venture

    A love of hunting and fishing brought Mike Okuley to Bedford County.

        Okuley was invited by a friend, a retired state trooper, to experience local deer hunting during black powder season.

        “My first hunting experience in Bedford County was on Sharp Top Mountain,” Okuley said. “That’s when I fell in love with Bedford County.”

        After that, he made frequent hunting trips here. Then, he found some property which he bought in 1999.

  • School Board will seek federal funds for program

    In what could be the federal government’s next attempt to improve public education, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to express its intent to participate in the Race to the Top, should Virginia be included as one of the state’s selected for the program.

  • City looks at its finances

    Bedford’s revenue situation is far from rosy, but it’s not as bad as it looked a month ago.

        According to Rosie Jordan, the city’s director of finance, the city’s sales tax revenue trended back up last month.

        “The downward trend stopped,” Jordan told a meeting of the city’s finance committee last week.

  • 5th District GOP to hold primary

    Republicans will decide who will get their nod to challenge Congressman Tom Perriello for the 5th Congressional District seat next year.

        The decision was made at a meeting of the 5th District Republican Committee, Saturday. According to Tucker Watkins, chairman of the District’s Republican Party, a primary was approved by a 19-13 margin.

        Watkins said that those who favored a convention and those who wanted a primary all made strong arguments in support of their positions.

  • Ground Shakaz

    Mickey Johnson’s team at the Mobile Electronics Competition Association’s world competition, held in Nashville, Tenn., was appropriately named “Ground Shakaz.”

  • Thaxton man will serve four years as result of accident that killed Roanoke man

    By all accounts the events of Aug. 22, 2008, that led up to the sentencing of  Matthew Ivan Sayers in Bedford County Circuit Court last Friday were tragic.

        The crowded courtroom testified to that.

        On one side of the courtroom sat four rows of the family and friends of 44-year-old Hilton Reaves Holdren III, who was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a Nissan pickup truck driven by Sayers on that Friday evening in late August more than a year ago. Their presence spoke highly of Holdren, who was known for helping others.

  • School board considers more stringent class schedule for seniors

    A proposal that high school seniors in Bedford County Public Schools take at least five classes drew a considerable amount of discussion and no consensus among Bedford County School Board members at Thursday night’s meeting.

        The discussion took place during the presentation of a draft copy of the high school program of studies for next year. Several changes were put in that proposal, including “an expectation that seniors take at least five classes unless special permission by the principal is granted.”

  • Capturing the wind

    A local businessman believes Bedford County needs a wind ordinance.

        Roger Henderson, who owns a woodworking business in Bedford County, spoke before the supervisors at a work session, Monday night, asking them to request that the county’s planning department develop one. Although the planning department is incorporating wind ordinance language in a rewrite of the county’s zoning ordinance, Henderson feels that this is unnecessarily delaying it by making the ordinance part of a much larger project.