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Today's News

  • Bush, not Carter, is the worst ever

    I have to say I was somewhat astonished that my colleague to the left of me here came out recently and downright rejected George W. Bush and much of his presidency.

    I’m referring to Dr. John Barnhart, who of course is to the left of me only in the layout of this page. As he himself would be quick to state, he’s to the right of me in every other way.

  • Actually, we do read our Bibles

    Dr. James Dobson was absolutely correct when he criticized Barack Obama for distorting the traditional Christian understanding of the Bible in a speech Obama gave last month.

  • Bedford residents need you

    This monthly column highlights volunteer opportunities available through area non-profit organizations.

    The information is provided through the efforts of the Bedford Community Health Foundation and the generosity of The Bedford Bulletin. To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292, between 8 a.m. and noon.

  • Saturday's festivals brought variety and fun to area

    Two festivals, held Saturday, complemented each other, rather than competed.

    Johnson’s Orchards held it’s annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival. Danny Johnson noted that this was a significant anniversary for them as this year marks the orchards’ 80th anniversary operating at it’s current location in Thaxton. Johnson said that his father, Elmo Johnson, and grandfather, Robert Lee Johnson, purchased the property in 1918.

  • Grant makes art program possible

    A $1,000 donation by the Bedford Education Foundation will help Sedalia Center with it’s new Distinguished Artist Program.

    According to Annis McCabe, the program is intended to help public school art teachers and promising high school and middle school students. McCabe is a member of Sedalia’s board of directors. She and her husband, Dr. Bill McCabe, founded the 501(c)3 non-profit arts center 20 years ago.

  • Private roads a concern for supervisors

    A project that the planning commission struggled with last month resulted in a split vote by the board of supervisors Monday night.

  • County man represents Virginia in national truck driving competition

    By John Barnhart

    Staff Writer

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

    A Bedford County man is headed for the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championships in Houston, Texas. The championship takes place from Aug. 19-23.

    Robbie Cottrell, a Bedford County resident, has been a professional truck driver for 22 years, most of that for Con-way Freight. He works out of Con-way’s freight center in Roanoke, off Peters Creek Road next to the interchange with I-581.

  • Quilt show bightens library

    The Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild has decked out the Bedford Central Library with scores of brightly colored, hand-made quilts, some of them even hand-stitched. This is part of their annual quilt show, which runs until July 22.

    One of the features of the show is a raffle quilt. Visitors buy chances to win this quilt and proceeds are distributed to area non-profits. This year’s beneficiaries will be Hospice House, the Bedford Christmas Station, Bedford Habitat for Humanity and Bedford Domestic Violence Services. Half of the proceds go to the liberay.

  • City planning commission appoints

    Bedford’s planning commission set up a committee, when it met Thursday night, to look at the sidewalk situation on Independence Boulevard.

    Steve Wandrei, an attorney representing Becky Stanley, who wants to build a beauty salon on Independence said that building a sidewalk in front of the property would be cost prohibitive. Wandrei, who spoke before the planning commission, said that it would cost $70,000 to do so.

  • USDA helps volunteer fire department

    Saunders Volunteer Fire Department members would have had to cook up a lot of chickens to pay the $226,000 that their new tank truck cost. Fortunately, county money and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reduced the amount that they have to raise.

    The new truck, with a 3,000 gallon capacity replaces a 31-year-old truck with a capacity of a little more than two-thirds of that. What’s more, the old truck was worn out and could no longer be safely kept on the road.