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Today's News

  • Watts up, doc? Liberty swimmers, that's what
  • Cavaliers pound Eagles

    Jefferson Forest stayed in the thick of the Seminole race as it took care of Staunton River by a score of 62-48.

  • Tat's all, folks!

      Watching basketball the other day, I was taken aback by the preponderance of tattoos on the athletes.

  • Balancing the budget

    Bedford County School employees were being asked this week if they would be willing to take a pay cut, as opposed to having layoffs, to help the school system deal with a $4.9 million shortfall in next year's budget.

        The results of that survey will be used to help the school board make decisions about the 2009-2010 budget.

        The board met in a work session last week to discuss the budget and will meet again tomorrow. A proposed budget by School Superintendent Dr. James Blevins suggested cutting 80 positions next year.

  • Policy for school layoffs adopted

    With thoughts in mind of having to cut as many as 80 school positions, the county’s school board adopted a reduction in force (RIF) policy Thursday night. The plan was adopted unanimously.

        According to Dr. James Blevins, superintendent of schools, no positions have yet been identified for elimination. Once that has been decided, the RIF would provide the guidelines for determining what employees would be affected.

  • Board approves wireless towers

    A unanimous vote by Bedford County’s supervisors, Monday night, cleared the way for three Bedford County schools to get broadband.

        According to Jonathan Yates, representing Conterra Ultra Broadband, 14 Bedford County schools were able to get broadband service via existing fiber connections. The schools had to use microwave transmissions, which require the transmitting and receiving dishes to be in a line of sight, to connect the others. In order to do this at Boonsboro, Body Camp and Huddleston Elementary schools, the schools have to erect towers.

  • LHS grad participates in inaugural parade

    About 2 million people were on hand for President Barack Obama’s inauguration, but  only saw him on a TV screen. Cory Watkins, of Bedford, saw President Obama from about 20 feet away.

        Watkins, a 2006 Liberty High School graduate, is a member of the Hampton University Marching Force, the university’s marching band. The junior, majoring in business management and  minoring in Spanish, plays clarinet, the instrument he took up in sixth grade.

  • Local residents make the journey

    LaCarol Wynne wasn’t about to miss the inauguration of President Barack Obama last Tuesday so Monday afternoon she and two others set out from Bedford for Washington D.C.

        “It was so overwhelming,” she said of the event, which drew an estimated crowd of at close to 2 million people. “We didn’t get any sleep, but it was worth it.”

  • Al Weed talks about climate change

    Bedford’s city and county Democratic committees heard from Al Weed at a joint meeting meeting earlier this month. Weed, representing Public Policy Virginia, was in town to talk about global warming.

  • Welcome to Washington

    According to newly sworn-in President Barack Obama, he won and those who disagree with his initiatives are just going to have to learn to deal with it.