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Today's News

  • Conservative causes lose at polls

        One year before national Republicans are counting on ejecting Barack Obama from the White House, they and their various extremist causes took a whipping last week at the polls.

        The best result was in Ohio, where voters rejected Gov. John Kasich’s attempt to destroy the public sector unions. By a wide margin, Ohio voters repealed a law passed in the spring that would have prohibited bargaining for health care benefits by teachers, firefighters and other state employees.

  • It’s a mean economy

        We are experiencing a really mean economy, the worst I’ve ever seen. In fact, I believe that there are probably few people still living who can remember it being worse. Nationally, the unemployment rate is 9 percent and job growth has been sluggish. Two years after the recession’s end we’ve only made up for perhaps about a fourth of the jobs that were destroyed in the downturn. In the meantime, more new graduates have entered the job market.

  • Time to get together

    The makeup of two of the county’s governing bodies will change significantly, come Jan. 1.

        Last week’s elections saw an incumbent from both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board defeated in the local races and each board will also have at least one newcomer.

  • Veterinarian honored with international award

        Dr. Don Gardner got a surprise when he showed up at the annual conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) in St. Louis, Mo., in late September. He was presented with the Boehringer Ingelheim Bovine Practitioner of the Year award. This award, established in 1978, is presented to one beef/dairy veterinarian annually based on excellence in practice in active bovine practice and service to the profession.

        “I didn’t realize I was getting it,” he said.

  • Farm Bureau hears about federal regulations and their consequences

        Agriculture in America is facing an unprecedented attack from the EPA, according to Steve Jenkins, senior district field services director for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. Jenkins spoke before the local Farm Bureau’s annual dinner last month.    

  • Chamber roundtable focuses on transportation needs

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a transportation roundtable at Boxley last week. Attended by businessmen and representatives of the school division, the purpose was to get a discussion going on transportation needs in the Bedford area. The meeting was also attended by Delegate Lacey Putney and Richard Caywood, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District administrator. Most of the Bedford area is in the Salem district.

  • Bedford loses another connection to D-Day

        Bedford has lost one of its few remaining living connections with the tragedy it experienced on D-Day.

        Bedford’s Company A was part of the first wave and 23 local men died on June 6, 1944. Nineteen of them were killed in the first minutes of fighting. Elizabeth Teass, who died last week at the age of 89, was the Western Union operator who received the War Department’s telegrams informing families of the deaths.

  • Putney returns to House of Delegates

        When Delegate Lacey Putney returns to the House of Delegates in January, it will mark his 50th anniversary of representing the 19th House District.

        Virginia’s state legislature is the oldest democratically elected legislature in the Western Hemisphere — it first met 392 years ago in Jamestown. Putney has personally been a part of more than 12 percent of that history.  He first set foot on the floor of the House in January 1962.

  • Zoning ordinance hearing continued to this Thurs. as overflow crowd turns out

        A public hearing on changes to the county’s zoning ordinance, Thursday night, drew so many people that the hearing had to be continued until this Thursday night.

        About 300 people showed up last week; there was only room for 75.
        Most of those who turned out were unable to get into the meeting room and some of those who managed to squeeze in had to leave and stand in the hall.
        The crowd was angry — and vocal.

  • School Board will have a new look next year

        There will be a decidedly new look to the Bedford County School Board come Jan. 1.

        Last week’s election sent three new faces to the school board: Kevin Willis in District 7, Kelly Harmony in District 6 and Richard Downey in District 1. District 5 incumbent Julie Bennington survived a challenge from Ricky Wilkerson to win the other School Board seat up for election last Tuesday.