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Today's News

  • Military suicide rate at record hig

        Cheryl Ecker of Champion, Ohio, wears a bracelet made out of the laces of her son’s army boots. Her son, Michael, a 25-year-old veteran of the Iraq war, became a tragic statistic in April.
        He was standing in the yard of his home when he called out to his father. After his dad turned around, Michael saluted, raised a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. His suicide was just one of many among those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, a cause of increasing alarm at the Pentagon.

  • Ruler of heaven and earth


        While the fighting in Syria has been getting lots of attention lately,  Iran remains our biggest foreign policy problem. The possibility that Shia clerics that are running that country may have nuclear weapons at their disposal in the near future poses a grave threat, and not just to their immediate neighbors. A piece, written by Ayad Jamaluddin that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in the July 17 edition, explains why. Jamaluddin knows what he’s talking about. He’s a Shia cleric himself and served in Iraq’s parliament.

  • Moneta author pens ‘cozy mystery, Southern gothic’ novel

        Years ago when Susan Coryell lived in Northern Virginia, she started writing a novel about a haunted  Revolutionary War era estate nearby.

        But then she moved to Smith Mountain Lake.
        Her address changed, but her desire to write didn’t. Coryell decided to continue working on her novel, “A Red, Red Rose,” but move the setting to a lake.

  • Orchard teams up with Society of St. Andrew

        Twenty years ago a storm came through and knocked a lot of fruit off the trees at Gross’ Orchard in Bedford.

        That fruit was usable, but could not be sold.
        That, according to Ronnie Gross, is when they learned about the Society of St. Andrew in Big Island, and were able to coordinate the gleaning of the fruit at the Gross’ Farm.
        That partnership has been ongoing for the past two decades, including last week during the Commonwealth Day of Gleaning.

  • School board to review costs charged for groups using facilities

        Several years ago the Bedford County School Board passed a policy setting standard prices for groups using school facilities. That policy is now again under review after District 6 board member Kelly Harmony questioned the prices some groups have been quoted for facility use.

  • Proposed policy would change grading scale

        By next year, the grading scale being utilized in Bedford County Public Schools could be changed to a 10-point scale.
        The school board is considering a recommendation by school staff to change from the 7-point scale to the 10-point scale, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. That, according to staff, would give administrators time to work with teachers to understand the new scale and grading system.

  • Sludge truck overturns

    A truck carrying sewer sludge overturned on Va. 24 this morning, spilling a small amount of its load.

    According to Virginia State Police, Michael Branch, 54, of Bassett was driving east in a 2004 Peterbilt truck, belonging to B and B Trucking Company of Bassett, pulling a tanker-type trailer fully loaded with sludge. He came around a sharp curve, went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over.

  • Three vehicle accident involves school bus

    A Bedford County school bus was involved in a three-vehicle accident on Dickerson Mill Road this morning.

  • Republicans plan candidate brunches

    Republican Party headquarters has opened on the corner of North Bridge Street and Depot Street, in the building that formerly housed Bluebird Antiques. Supporters held a soft opening Aug. 10.

        “This year we decided not to have a grand opening,” said Charlene Poole, chairman of the committee in charge of the headquarters.

  • Barnes resigns from Planning Commission

    Tuesday night's Bedford County Planning Commission meeting came to a surprise ending when District 2 planning commission member Lynn Barnes announced his resignation. The resignation was effective immediately. Barnes has represented District 2 on the planning commission for seven years.

    Barnes cited frustration with the board of supervisors as his reason.

    "I think the board [of supervisors] has forced this planning commission into a position of giving in," Barnes said.