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Today's News

  • Blues and BBQ

    On Saturday April 19, Centertown Bedford came alive with the soulful sounds that only Blues Music can create in our Farmer’s Market.

    Top blues performers, Minus John, Eli Cook & Band, Billy Sutton & Roadhouse entertained the crowd in the rain all night. Keith Campbell did a great job as emcee and filling in for our first musician who could not attend.

  • Letters

    Taking care of pets, the county

    I have been thinking of the ways you could increase the budget and maybe alleviate the pet (humane) population. I have been a pet owner all my life. Cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits. Here is my estimation on how to increase the revenue for Bedford and Bedford County.

    Dogs - females that are used to breed more of their breeds - $20 fee or maybe even $25. They do sell these animals for a profit.

    Dogs - a female mutt pet $15 or even $20 if spayed a total of $10 per dog.

  • The economic mess is downright scary

    When it comes to the economy, I might have a little something in common with John McCain.

    The Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee said sometime ago - another remark he now regrets - that he really didn’t know much about the economy. I have to say that I, too, don’t know as much about economic issues as I do other topics included in the vast realm of politics.

  • We need to build up our Navy

    Once again, I find myself having to agree with a "Democrat." Not the one on the opposite side of this page from me. I'm talking about Senator James Webb.

  • Wise spending

    This week the federal government was supposed to start sending U.S. taxpayers back some of their own money, through what has been touted as an economic stimulus tax rebate payment.

  • Montvale couple face drug charges

    A Montvale couple is in jail on drug charges and their 2-year-old child has been placed in the custody of Bedford County Social Services following the couple's arrest Sunday.

  • Teachers to receive 4.25 percent raises

    Though originally set at 5.8 percent, the Bedford County School Board still hopes a 4.25 percent pay raise for teachers approved Thursday will help make the school system's salaries more competitive with other area districts.

    The board approved its $108 million budget on a 7-1 vote. District 3 board member David Black cast the dissenting vote, stating the raise was inadequate.

    "We're just not doing it," he said of funding the needed increases.

  • Group Home provides structure for youth

    Bedford County Group Homes opened in its own home last November, after having operated out of rented facilities since first starting in 1997.

    The facility now consists of several brand new buildings off Falling Creek Road.

    Paul Tesi, the group home's executive director, said that the county originally decided to set up its own group home because it wasn't satisfied with results of other residential placement programs. These residential placements are, under certain conditions, mandated by state law.

  • Did you hear?

    Bedford prosecutor running for council in Vinton

    Next Tuesday, Bedford County Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance hopes to be elected as the newest member of the Town Council in Vinton.

    A long-time resident of the town, Nance decided to throw his hat in the ring after being encouraged to do so by several current council members. Five Vinton residents are running for the two open seats.

    Nance's family moved to the Vinton area when he was 9. He's served on the board of Zoning Appeals since 1996 and has been the board's chairman since 2002.

  • Granddaughter of former president visits with LHS students

    Mary Jean Eisenhower, the granddaughter of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, told a group of Liberty High School students last week that her grandfather learned early on as a child growing up poor in Kansas how to find answers to problems.

    As a young boy he would take vegetables grown by the family to sell to wealthier residents of the area. But one particular Saturday he also had to take his younger brother, Milton, who became "the burden of the day."