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Today's News

  • Tough times on this Independence Day

    This July 4th will be, in many ways, just like past celebrations of Independence Day. Grills will churn out hamburgers and hot dogs. Families will vacation, and those not traveling will take full advantage of a much-needed day off.

    That’s the way it should be, as America celebrates its freedom and independence. But everyone knows that this year’s holiday is just a temporary respite from the growing anxiety that most Americans feel about their country.

  • Stop raiding the corn crib

    Last week our sports editor, Mike Forster, dealt with competitive eating contests and touched on the issue of corn-based ethanol. Mike went on to say that doesn't venture deeply into non-sports issues and stuck to the competitive gluttony contests.

  • Overcoming difficulties

    Rachel Farren Short and Mike Short want to set the record straight.

    Rachel Short is Travis Campbell Farren’s mother and Mike Short is his step-father. The couple said that jumping from an Appalachian Trail foot bridge had nothing to do with Farren’s drowning in the James River last month.

    Travis Farren was not one to complain about his problems. One problem he didn’t complain about was that he suffered from epilepsy. Friends knew it, but it wasn’t something he talked about.

  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office cuts ties with O'Neal

    The relationship between Shaquille O'Neal and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office has been severed as the result of a rap with obscene lyrics that O'Neal performed. The rap was performed in a New York City nightclub and has made its rounds on Internet video sites.

    O'Neal has been a reserve deputy for the Sheriff's Office for several years and made public service announcements for the federal Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program. Brown said he was ICAC's first celebrity endorsement and that he also recruited other celebrities, including Miss America to get involved.

  • Sex ed material included in 5th grade hygiene packets

    The school division got an unpleasant surprise in the personal hygiene packets sent home with fifth graders at Otter River Elementary at the end of the school year, according to Ryan Edwards, Bedford County Public Schools' spokesman.

  • Chamber holds town hall meeting

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held it's first town hall meeting over lunch at Liberty Lake Park last week.

    Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp said that the number one issue for the city right now are talks with the county on the city's reversion to town status. He said that the talks are making positive progress and although residents of the town will get both a town and a county tax bill, he hopes that the combined total will be less than they now pay.

    "Nobody has any secret agendas," he said.

  • Camp helps youth understand history of World War II

    Making education fun is the National D-Day Memorial Foundation's approach to teaching youth about World War II.

    Every summer the Foundation holds a day camp, lasting three days, at the D-Day Memorial. Youth have an opportunity to don period attire, eat treats made from World War II recipe books and, at the end, share what they've learned with their parents. The camp can take up to 40 children and it filled up this year, with a waiting list, according to April Cheek, the Foundation's education director.

  • BCLP honors group's founders

    Bedford Citizens for Land Preservation (BCLP) honored two of its own with its third annual Barbar Hatcher award.

    The award was presented to Steve Stevick and Nancy Raine, two people who were at the grass roots of this grass roots organization.

    According to Annis McCabe, Raine and Jim Jones created a DVD that illustrated the need of preserving the county's farmland and forest.

  • The art of woodworking

    Termites would not receive a warm reception from the Central Virginia Woodworkers Guild, but anybody else interested in wood would be welcome.

    The guild, based in Lynchburg but with many Bedford area members, always has room for a few more folks interested in the craft. Members range from accomplished artisans to beginners. The organization, founded 10 years ago by Carl Miller, currently has 50 members.

    Todd Holt and James Jones represent the professional end of the spectrum, as does Roger Henderson.

  • School board won't pursue 4-day school week

    The Bedford County School Board briefly took a look at a four-day school week in order to cope with rising diesel costs. The board shelved the idea after concluding that it would create more problems than it would solve.

    Dr. James Blevins, superintendent of schools, told the board that savings are so soft that they could not count on them. He said that estimated savings would be less than $10,000 and contracts with school bus drivers and cafeteria workers would be an issue.