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Today's News

  • Bicycle peddler

    Tim Deaton and his friend, Matt Shaw, both bicycle enthusiasts, got tired of having to go to Lynchburg to buy bicycle parts. Deaton talked to other bike enthusiasts in the area that had the same problem.

    This looked like a business opportunity to Deaton and he decided to open a bicycle shop here. As a result, Liberty Bikes and Boards will open for business on May 29.

  • Letters

    The way it was intended

    If there were a way to bring Sherwin-Williams to Bedford on Saturday afternoon in May, they would go back, invent a paint color and call it Bedford Blue. It is the color of the cloudless sky at 2:00 in the afternoon in Bedford, Virginia. It is the color that God intended the sky to be.

    If the people who bottle water want to know how it should taste they will come to Bedford, Virginia on a Saturday in May and taste the fresh cool water, the way that God intended it to be.

  • Ted Kennedy's service to America

    A serious illness has put the Kennedy name where it has so often been in modern American political history — at the top of the news.

    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, “Ted” or “Teddy” to the millions who love him, has a malignant brain tumor, for which he will be treated over the coming months. News coverage of the senator following this development has proven the depth of respect and admiration for him from both political parties, historians, commentators, and political observers of all kinds.

  • 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.