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Today's News

  • Hotel proposal moves ahead

    Action by Bedford County's planning commission, Monday, cleared the way for a hotel/conference center to be built near the National D-Day Memorial.

    Nearly all the hotel's site is in the city limits and Bedford's zoning for that area allows the hotel as a use by right. A half acre of the site, however, is in Bedford County and that part is zoned AR (agricultural/residential). Norris Blanks, the hotel's developer, asked for it to be rezoned C-2 (general commercial).

  • City seeks 'Old Yellow' proposals

    "Old Yellow" is on the selling block.

    The city wants to receive official proposals for a new use for the former elementary school, built in 1912 and empty now for close to two decades.

    The goal, according to City Manager Charles Kolakowski, is "to get a positive reuse out of the building and preserve the building at no cost to the city."

  • Supervisors set to advertise budget

    Bedford County taxpayers won't be facing a tax increase this year.

  • Council hears budget requests

    Following a two-hour preliminary work session on the upcoming fiscal year budget, Bedford City Council heard proposals at its Tuesday night meeting from several local agencies on their request for funding in that budget.

    "We have a real challenge in front of us," Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp said about work on the budget.

    Among the agencies that requested funds from Bedford at last week's meeting:

  • The great oudoors--BOSA show a smashing success

    As is befitting the top county for deer hunting in the state, Bedford hosted a top-notch outdoor show this past weekend.

    The show, held at the National Guard Armory, was put on by the Bedford Outdoor Sportsmen's Association (BOSA) and attracted visitors from near and far, alike.

    David Looney, of BOSA treasurer, reported that the show had the biggest turnout of any of the previous events.

  • The Chinese weather machine--commentary

    I caught a small item in the sports pages of the Roanoke Times the other day. Instead of being buried in the bowels of the sports page, I feel it should have been front page news.

    In anticipation of playing host to the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Chinese government is claiming that it can control the weather. Reportedly, they are able to prevent rain when dry conditions are desired and create rain when wet conditions are preferred. This is no joke.

  • Baseball preview: Jefferson Forest

    Throughout last year's run into the Regional playoffs, Jefferson Forest had a simple formula in the pitching department: rotate starts between Jared Millner and Matt Hawkins and close those games with Brian Goddard.

  • Slammin' in Salem

    Bedford County's sizable contingent that headed to the state wrestling tournament returned with four medals for its efforts. The group's four seniors were the ones that brought home the hardware. The younger bucks came away with a learning experience that should benefit them as they progress in their careers.

    Jefferson Forest's Chris Bowyer led the way, taking second in the state at 189 pounds. Teammate Brandon Beemer fought his way back from a semifinal defeat to nab a third place at 215.

  • Softball preview: Staunton River

    The Staunton River softball team is positioned to build upon the notable success that it achieved last season. However, the team is still in the "getting to know you" stage of the season, with five of the players just recently joining following post-season hoops play.

    "Right now, we don't have a lot of clarity," said Head Coach Hoyt Dellis. "We've only had ballplayers for three practices and a scrimmage. Plus, the weather has been uncooperative."

    Even with the lack of time to gauge the proficiency of his players, Staunton River should be in a pretty good state.

  • Softball preview: Liberty

    The Liberty Minettes start the season with enough pieces of the puzzle already in place that they have to be considered among the favorites for the Seminole softball crown. "Our goal is to win the District," said Head Coach Sherry Storey. "But nobody's going to hand us anything. We have to work hard."

    The Minettes' hard work paid off last year when they won the District tournament. The many returning players are hungry for more.