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Today's News

  • Public hearing scheduled on potential school closing

    The Bedford County School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students.

    The hearing will take place on Monday, June 2, 7 p.m. in the Staunton River High School auditorium. Anyone who wants to speak at this hearing should contact Sherry Ratliff, School Board Clerk, at 540-586-1045 x-257. Those wishing to speak may also sign up to speak on the evening of June 2 when arriving at the hearing.

  • 500th ballistic vest delivered

        Representatives from Virginia law enforcement agencies received a total of 42 ballistic vests from the Safe Surfin’ Foundation a week ago. The vests given to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office included the 500th ballistic vest donated.

        The vests come in two forms. One is designed to wear under an officer’s shirt. The other is designed to wear over it. The ballistic material is removable and can be transferred from one type to the other.

  • Legion, police honor Bedford Boys

        The Bedford Police Department, with help from Bedford’s American Legion post, has decorated a police cruiser to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

        The hood of the car is covered by a wrap which shows scenes from D-Day surrounding scenes from the National D-Day Memorial.
        “We wanted to do something to commemorate the Bedford Boys,” commented Bedford Police Chief James Day.

  • Seeking an independent IRS investigation

    On May 10, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service admitted to inappropriately targeting conservative groups for “extra scrutiny” in connection with their applications for tax-exempt status.  President Obama denounced this behavior as “outrageous” and “unacceptable.” He pledged that the Administration would “find out exactly what happened” and would make sure wrongdoers were “held fully accountable.” In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee just days later, Attorney General Eric Holder promised that “this will not be ab

  • Has Va. GOP punted the Senate race?

    With municipal elections across Virginia complete, voters won’t be asked to go to the polls again until November for the “mid-term” races.
        The current Congress, with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans running the House, is set to renew itself as it does every two years.
        Congress has seen its approval ratings steadily sink, even falling to single digits. Ideological stances have tightened and getting things done for the people is less important than clinging to ideology.

  • New evidence warrants an investigation

        I’ve been wondering why “Democrats” seem to be almost hysterical about the House select committee that Speaker of the House John Boehner is setting up to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U. S. consulate in Benghazi that killed our ambassador to Libya, among other Americans. They seem like they are actually afraid of it and I wonder if  they know, or suspect, that there is a huge embarrassment for their party lurking out there, waiting to be discovered.

  • Be safe out there

         National Safe Boating Week is May 17 – 23 and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
        We shouldn’t need to be reminded twice about this.

  • Difficult days, even more difficult decisions

        Anytime closing schools is suggested people get upset.
        That response should be expected.
        Moneta Elementary School and Bedford Primary School were both targeted to be closed in the state-mandated efficiency study, which was released to the public and governing bodies last week.

  • Lynch Manley honored for his work with Lifesaving Crew

    Lynch Manley’s nearly half century of service to the Bedford Lifesaving Crew was honored at the crew hall last week when Congressman Robert Hurt presented a flag, flown over the Capitol, to Manley’s wife, Julie.

        Manley, who died in March, was still running calls in 2013 at the age of 80, driving the ambulance.

  • Students unveil time capsule buried 7 years ago

        Seven years ago Jane Parrish’s advanced reading class at Body Camp Elementary dropped a piece of history into a time capsule and buried it in a garden behind the school.