Today's News

  • School board continues to tackle budget shortfall

    Developing a budget is difficult if you don’t know how much money you have to work with. Bedford County’s school board spent nearly three hours wrestling with this problem at a budget work session Thursday evening.

  • Search for dress leads to new business

    A search for a formal dress led Gail Davis into business.

        Davis, along with her husband, Garland, own Alpha and Omega Bridal and Formal Wear. They opened at their new, expanded location at the end of last year.

        Gail Davis had been interested in the business well before taking the plunge. When her three daughters got married, she helped them shop for gowns. She was already catering and providing decorations for wedding receptions, so she was involved in weddings from the business end.

  • Residents ask for taxes to be raised to save schools, jobs

    A crowd of people, asking to have their taxes raised, filled the Bedford County Board of Supervisors’ meeting room Monday night.

        The room has an official capacity of 75 and every seat was taken. People lined the walls and a number waited outside. A number had signs with statements such as “Don’t turn your back on education,””No money = no education,” and “2009-10, no child left behind - 2010 & beyond, every child left behind.”

  • Memorial, Welcome Center teaming up

    Tickets for the National D-Day Memorial will now be sold at the Bedford Welcome Center.

        Up until March 9, visitors to the Memorial bought tickets at a hill-top booth as they entered the Memorial. Those who wanted a guided tour would purchase a ticket for that at the gift shop. Now, both will be purchased at a booth in the Welcome Center.

        “We do visitor surveys,” commented April Cheek-Messier, the D-Day  Memorial Foundation’s executive director. She got the idea for the change from reading those surveys.

  • N.C. man pleads to robbery of Forest bank

    A 20-year-old North Carolina man could face up to life in prison after pleading guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday to robbing a Forest bank last February.

        William M. Smitherman of Clemmons, N.C., pleaded guilty to robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the Feb. 3, 2009, robbery of SunTrust Bank. He also faces bank robbery charges in Galax and Roanoke.

  • Bedford Memorial Hospital goes totally tobacco free

    Bedford Memorial Hospital has been a smoke-free facility for a long time, but that policy has now expanded.

        Beginning on March 1, the hospital became a tobacco-free facility. Not only is smoking banned inside the hospital, it’s also banned outside on hospital grounds. And not only is smoking banned, using smokeless tobacco is also now against regulations.

        “We call it tobacco-free because it covers smokeless,” said Curtis Lynch, the director of facilities services.

  • Woman guilty in death of live-in boyfriend

    A Bedford County woman who says she can’t remember what happened to her live-in-boyfriend who was found dead of a gunshot wound in January 2009 could face up to 10 years in prison after being found guilty Tuesday of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the case.

  • Hate mail

        You’ve probably found e-mails like this in your in-box. Somebody from Nigeria wants you to help him with a financial transaction involving huge amounts of money. Or, you get one informing you that you have won some international lottery that you never entered.

  • Letters

    Perfect storm

        For Governor Bob McDonnell, it’s a “perfect storm.”  Virginia’s budget tanks.  He’s elected by a landslide, having made no secret about his conservative legislation and leanings.  Like all conservatives, McDonnell believes less is better relating to government and he hates taxes for government services.  Solution?  Axe public school funding:  Not a dime of tax-payers’ hard-earned money spent, never mind the consequences.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census

    Starting next week, households across America will start receiving forms for the 2010 Census. Every 10 years, as defined in the Constitution, the Census takes a snapshot of our population, determining how many people reside within the nation's borders, who they are, and where they live. The results help determine your representation in government, as well as how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, housing, schools, and public safety.