Today's News

  • Bedford has a new postmaster

    The new job for Bedford’s new postmaster represents both something new and a lot that’s familiar.

        Cindy Sours took charge on Sept. 3, replacing May Massie who retired this year. She comes from the Rocky Mount post office where she served as the supervisor. According to Sours, the supervisor is the second in command at the post office, working directly under the postmaster. So, becoming Bedford’s postmaster was a step up for her.

  • All-Americans

    For the second year in a row, Jefferson Forest High School’s (JFHS) marching band will be represented in the U. S. Army All-American Marching Band. The Band performs at the U. S. Army All-American Bowl during half-time on Jan. 9.

  • 'Tuesday Mourning'

        The Waynesboro Players, a community theater group in Waynesboro is kicking off its season with a play about Bedford’s D-Day experience.

        It’s called “Tuesday Mourning” and it got started when Duane Hahn read Alex Kershaw’s book “The Bedford Boys.” Hahn has been with the Waynesboro Players for 40 years and has written plays before. The book inspired him to do a play about these men.

  • Bedford chips in to help a neighbor

    Since a major fire derailed Olde Liberty Station, efforts have been underway to help the restaurant’s staff who were left unemployed. Corey Crompton, the city’s IT manager, notes that unemployment benefits don’t do much for waiters and waitresses. Crompton said that the fire affected 50 people.

        Crompton’s involvement in this effort is as a member of the band Generic Folk, one of three bands that will perform a benefit concert for Olde Liberty Station employees at the Bower Center on Nov. 14.

  • Memorial layoffs

    Almost half of the D-Day Memorial Foundation’s 24 full- and part-time employees have been laid off as a result of cost-cutting measures, according to Foundation Director Dr. William McIntosh.

        Eleven employees were notified last week about the decision.

        “Everybody has had their hours reduced already,” McIntosh said. “We have had a gradual reduction in benefits that has played out through this calendar year.”

  • School board looks at future facility needs

    Last Thursday the Bedford County School Board worked through two draft plans for future facility needs for the school system, tentatively agreeing to one that calls for construction of a new middle school in the Liberty zone, as well as the expansion and renovation of Bedford Elementary and Forest Middle schools.

        In all, the plan accounts for about $50 million in construction costs with another $6 million proposed for new Central Office space.

  • It’s time to build

    City of Bedford School Board member Mickey VanDerwerker asked the most relevant question during last Thursday’s Bedford County School Board meeting to discuss a long-range facilities plan for the school system: “What are we going to do about the gymnasium at Bedford Primary now?”

        But instead of answers, there are still only questions. And the sad news is the students at Bedford Primary are the ones suffering. It’s time for the county and school board to stop putting a decision off and to take steps to solve this problem.

  • Letters

    A tyrant

        The president of the United States, Barak Obama, is a tyrant. There, I said it. Before you go on about what a hysterical overstatement that is, or that I am some kind of overzealous, right wing bigot, let’s look at some recent moves by the White House.

  • Taking our time and listening to constituents has paid off

    Last week, a new version of health care reform legislation was unveiled in the U.S. House. I was pleased to see major changes in the bill that move us in the right direction. Though I was unsatisfied with the original bill, I’ve been working hard for reforms that I can support, because doing nothing would mean that premiums would double over the next decade for the middle class and small business owners. I argued that we could reduce skyrocketing premiums, bring the uninsured into the system, and reduce the federal deficit through an emphasis on prevention and increasing competition.

  • Common-sense transparency measures would bring needed reform to legislative process

    During the Presidential election campaign then Senator Obama called for transparency in the legislative process, even promising that health care reform negotiations would be “televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”