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Today's News

  • Substation request greeted with skepticism

    Bedford County’s supervisors expressed skepticism Monday over the location of a proposed Southside Electric substation.

        The power company wants to build a new power substation on a 5.7 acre lot on Dickerson Mill Road. The county’s planning commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval.

  • Greens hung at historic meeting house

        The Bedford Historical Society held its annual Hanging of the Greens lunch at the Bedford Historic Meeting House.

        Hanging of the Greens is an old English tradition observed in many churches. It marks the beginning of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas. It got its name because of the green wreaths that were hung as decorations for the season. It marks the point when many churches put up their holiday decorations, leaving them up through Epiphany, which comes on Jan. 6 and marks the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.

  • Preserving their stories

    A lake area author has written a book on combat veterans and he came to the National D-Day Memorial last week to sign copies.

        Bob Vanderlinde knows something about serving in combat. A member of the 187th Airborne, he made two combat jumps during the Korean War. He was wounded three times and still has pieces of shrapnel in his body.

        His first jump was on Oct. 20, 1950.

        “We jumped 50 miles north of Pyongyang,” he said.

  • Government seems more concerned about Producing debt

    Frank Chervan, a furniture maker, recently announced it would shut down the majority of its Bedford operations.  It seems that 90 jobs are in jeopardy of going away.

        There will be no federal bailout.  Frank Chervan is not “too big to allow to fail.”

        There will be no testimony (translated:  begging for money) in front of Congress, such as we’ve seen lately, most recently with the Big Three automakers.

  • The Christmas story

        I love this time of year because I get to watch Christmas movies  and shows — Elf, the Santa Claus trilogy, Snow, It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Charlie Brown Christmas, to name a few. The day after Thanksgiving my kids were begging us to watch Elf and it seems like every other day my daughter is coming into the living room proclaiming that one of The Santa Claus movies is on television.

  • Respect election results

        It’s common, after an election, for those of us who voted for the losing candidate to gripe. That’s what we saw last month in the Bulletin’s Letters section. I’ve also done it in this column space. That’s the American way. We want to express our opinion that the majority made a mistake.

        It’s also the American way for us to respect the result of elections. Once we’ve had our say, we accept the fact that our candidate lost.

  • Do Republicans have the will for reform?

        As President-elect Barack Obama (what a wonderful phrase!) prepares for his January inauguration, reaction to the election results from the other side has ranged from silence to hysteria.

        Even in the Internet age, letters to the editor of a newspaper are always an interesting barometer of what “the public” is thinking, at least some of the public.

  • Remember our troops

    As you spend time with your family and friends this holiday season, it is important to remember the thousands of servicemembers in our nation’s military who are serving the United States abroad, at home, or are recovering in military and veterans hospitals.  One way to thank and honor our military personnel is to participate in an outreach program, like the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which the American Red Cross sponsors each year.

     

  • Once again the world witnessed devastating images of people fleeing from fire, smoke and debris, grief-stricken individuals searching for their loved ones and emergency personnel becoming the first line of defense. The recent terror attacks in Mumbai, India,  which killed more than 170 people, including six Americans, and left hundreds more injured, brought back the horrors of September 11, 2001, when Americans found themselves victims of global terrorism.

  • Letters

    Ask important questions now

        The Bedford County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors are mandated to have zoning ordinances. Now is the time land owners must ask important questions of County staff,  Commission members and Supervisors as to exactly how their land will be affected by the newly proposed ordinance.