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Today's News

  • Christmas Station helps area families

    Some 1,000 residents of Bedford and Bedford County will have a better Christmas season thanks to volunteers' efforts at the Bedford Community Christmas Station this year.

    Those volunteers have been busy the past two weeks helping eligible families shop for Christmas at the store, now in its second year.

    "We hope to grow every year until we serve all the families that need help," stated Karen Hughes, president of the Christmas Station. "People looked very pleased and volunteers had a great time."

  • Oakwood Villas project moves ahead

    Bedford County's planning commission voted, Monday night, to recommend Oakwood Villas.

    Oakwood Villas is a condominium project which, its developers say, will be aimed at retirees or those who will soon retire. Because the project straddles the city/county line both the city and the county have to approve a rezoning.

  • Sixth graders may move out of BSTC

    Bedford area sixth graders, now holding classes at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, will likely be moved next year, probably to Bedford Elementary School.

    Bedford County School Superintendent Dr. James Blevins has asked the school board to consider moving second grade classes, currently meeting at the elementary school, to Bedford Primary School to free up space for the sixth graders to move to Bedford Elementary.

  • 'Skim and scan' to be added to selection process

    A committee looking into how Bedford County schools review books to be included in school libraries doesn't want to see its policy changed, but it does suggest adding another layer of protection ? a "skim and scan" approach.

  • Putney assumes role as chairman of Appropriations Committee

    Delegate Lacey Putney has taken on a new role in the House of Delegates.

    Putney, who has been the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is now its chairman. This committee is responsible for developing the House of Delegates version of the entire state budget. In addition, Putney said that all legislation regarding the Virginia Retirement System, and public employee pay and insurance goes through the Appropriation's Committee.

  • Staunton River High School ponders move to Blue Ridge District

    Staunton River High School has applied to leave the Seminole District in order to join the Blue Ridge. The move, if approved, would impact all VHSL sanctioned extracurricular activities. It would also break up the current configuration in which all Bedford County high schools are a part of the Seminole District.

    If approved, the move would take place for the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Election winners sworn in

    Generally, the people who appear before Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike are in serious trouble. Monday was one of the exceptions.

    "It's nice to have a happy occasion in here," Judge Updike told a gathering of the winners of last month's elections.

    This was their swearing-in ceremony, a ceremony always conducted in circuit court. Judge Updike normally brings with him the newspaper photo of his first ceremony, when he was sworn in as Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney in 1979.

  • Tournament time for wrestling squads

    It was tournament-time this past weekend, and all three county wrestling squads were in action. Staunton River made the long journey to Winston-Salem, NC, for the Parkland Duals. Liberty and Jefferson Forest had shorter jaunts, as they both grappled in the Rustburg Invitational.

    Eagles fly south

  • Commentary: A bad person, period.

    So, this is the rehabilitation of an image?

    Michael Vick?s cherubic mug once again grabbed our collective attention, as sentencing was imposed for his heinous crimes.

    The former quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons only stepped up to his responsibilities when he was cornered like, well like a dog. After his pals turned on him and when faced with overwhelming evidence, the man finally copped a guilty plea. Vick then proceeded to smoke marijuana while out on bail.

  • Girls' B-ball teams like the Three Bears

    For Goldilocks, the porridge at the Three Bears' house was either too hot, too cold or just right.

    Similarly, for area girls' hoops teams, their starts have been either very hot, very cold or very tepid.

    Forest, so far, has the hot hand, reeling off victories in their first four games. The Liberty Minettes have been the cold team, with nary a win to their credit, yet. Staunton River is off to a lukewarm start, splitting its first two games.