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Today's News

  • It's not just George Bush

    Republicans' zero for three score in recent special elections are certainly revealing, although they have nothing to say about the presidential race. What they show is that "Democrats" have learned something and Republicans haven't.

  • Making our roads safer

    Just because he helped make the intersection of Va. 122 and Va. 24 safer, don't think Lionel Toms has stopped working to make Bedford County roads better.

    Toms, who lost his son John William Toms in 2002 to an accident at the Va. 122/24 intersection, worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation to reduce speeds there and get a stoplight installed. At one time it was the deadliest intersection in the county ? a fact he knew all too well.

    Now Toms is working to make some back roads in the county safer as well.

  • In opposing increased benefits for veterans under the Webb GI bill, President Bush and Sen. John McCain are falling short in supporting our veterans

    With Memorial Day just behind us and the 64th anniversary of D-Day just ahead, this is certainly a good time to be talking about supporting this nation's veterans.

    And Sen. Jim Webb's landmark Post 9/11 GI Bill does just that.

    But President Bush and Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain oppose the measure. Both are afraid the increased benefits will hurt retention in the military. That thinking is difficult to understand and undermines the commitment the men and women of this nation's armed services make on a daily basis.

  • Deed doesn't restrict county

    According to County Attorney Carl Boggess, the deed by which Bedford County acquired 283 acres of land on what today is Falling Creek Road does not restrict how the county may use the land.

    Bedford County originally purchased the tract from James and Susannah Jopling in 1832 for the purpose of building a poor house. A poorhouse existed there until the middle of the the 20th century. The Bedford County Nursing Home is there today and the Sheriff's Office, the PSA office and Falling Creek Park occupy other portions of the tract.

  • Couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty

    A Bedford couple will spend six months in jail after pleading guilty to animal cruelty in Bedford County Circuit Court last week.

    William Kurz, 66, and Libby Kurz, 48, were arrested last December following a four-month investigation into photographs that had been handed over to the Bedford Police Department in which they were engaged in sexual acts with a dog. They had originally been charged with felony crimes against nature, but pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

  • Donation helps woman help herself

    Can you imagine what it would be like to have no transportation? There's no public transportation in Bedford, so that means you would walk.

    Margaret Yetter, a single mother, knows what it's like from experience. She walks from Bedford's Liberty Apartments to Vista Foods to do her grocery shopping, and then walks back carrying the groceries. She walks to the Bedford Wal-Mart.

  • Thunder rolls into Montvale

    Rolling Thunder's annual visit to Montvale Elementary School is a treat for both riders and students.

    The bikers love to visit schools during their cross country ride and the students enjoy sharing lunch with the veterans. Every year, Rolling Thunder starts out on the west coast, rides across the country, arriving at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D. C. on Memorial Day. Along with the dead, there are a number of men who were listed as missing in action and Rolling Thunder rides every year to remind us of them.

  • More than a ton of documents cut into pieces

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, along with CINTAS, sponsored a community shred last week. The free shredding opportunity was held in conjunction with a chamber event at the Bedford Armory.

    CINTAS operates a commercial document shredding business and one of its trucks rolled up to the Armory, doing the shredding right on site. The shredding started at 5:30 p.m. and by the time it closed up at 7 p.m. the company had shredded 2,400 pounds of documents. All of the paper shred is recycled, so it stays out of local landfills.

  • Appomattox man enters plea for slashing

    A 58-year-old Appomattox man pleaded no contest last week to malicious wounding following a dispute over the rent of a home.

    Curtis Junior Martin had also faced charges of aggravated malicious wounding and attempted murder, but those charges weren't prosecuted following his plea. The no contest plea carries the same result as a guilty plea.

  • Football and drugs--commentary

    As nearly all of you know, in Amherst County, the star quarterback of the football team (state player of the year, in fact) was busted for dealing drugs in his school.

    Last week, Virginia Tech pulled its offer of a full football scholarship. The young man still faces felony charges.

    In discussing the incident with area teachers, coaches, students and fans, the same things are said over and over: How stupid. What was he thinking? What a wasted opportunity.

    The purpose of this column isn?t to pile on.