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Today's News

  • Hope and change

        The first thing that came to my mind when I learned that American voters delivered control of the Senate into Republican hands was “hope and change.” 

  • Our veterans

    They are our neighbors, our teachers, our friends.
        They volunteer at the local food bank, coach our child’s sports team, sit beside us on Sunday morning at church.
        Some are quite elderly; some still very young.
        They are this nation’s veterans and they’ve served this nation with honor, with valor, with courage.

  • Coyote lottery begins in county

        With a jackpot of $2,000 funded entirely by local businesses and organizations, the Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board is hoping to entice hunters and trappers to participate in its third annual Coyote Lottery aimed at managing the growing threat of the predators on county livestock.

  • Muder-for-hire case moves to grand jury

        Kevin Colgan, charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder his wife, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
        Colgan remains in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19.

  • Auction seeks to make Christmas brighter

        Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, and Warren Radford, a partner in McCraw Auction Company, are teaming up to host a fundraiser to buy toys for children who won’t be getting much, if anything, for Christmas. The effort is called Toys for Kids.

        According to Gross, Radford came up with the idea. Gross said Radford was looking for a way that he could use his talents as an auctioneer to give back to the community. The idea of raising money to buy toys came from Julie Hertig, a local teacher.

  • GOP dominates local vote totals; Hurt, Goodlatte cruise to victories

        Democrat Senator Mark Warner will return to the Senate for another six years, but the election didn’t turn out the way pundits were calling it.
        In late October, Warner was supposed to beat Ed Gillespie by 10 percentage points. Instead, Warner barely survived, defeating Gillespie by 1,073,033 votes to 1,055,622 — less than 1 percent. Robert Sarvis, a libertarian got 53,053 votes, accounting for 2.43 percent.

  • Town elects new council

        Several Town Council candidates offered their thoughts on the Nov. 4 election in phone interviews, following last Tuesday’s election.
        The election saw new four-year terms go to Bedford Mayor Robert Wandrei, Vice Mayor James Vest and Councilman Steve Rush. Two year terms—in a contested election for four seats among six candidates—were won by Tim Black, Robert Carson, Stacey Hailey and Beckham Stanley.

    Tim Black

  • Saluting our veterans

        Tuesday’s weather — warm and sunny — provided a perfect morning for the National D-Day Memorial’s observance of Veterans’ Day.
        The observance began at 11 a.m., the traditional time for Veterans’ Day ceremonies. That’s because Veteran’s Day originally began as Armistice Day. The armistice that ended the Great War  took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

  • BCM: The cupboard is almost bare

        Bedford Christian Ministries, located on Washington Street, has been helping local people in tight circumstances for years. Now, according to Helen Fiaschetti, the non-profit’s director, the organization’s circumstances are getting tight.

        One of the ways BCM helps people is to pay electric bills.  Fiaschetti said the organization typically requires a client to provide a co-pay when they do this, but now higher co-pays are required because there is less money.

  • Beloved coach to retire

     

    It changed his life.

    And he certainly changed many lives, in turn.

    This Saturday, Jefferson Forest Head Coach Jerome Loy will coach the final cross country event of his distinguished career.  The ol' coach is wrapping up his run at JF, hanging up his whistle and going out on top. 

    However the black and red perform, Loy will walk off the course at Great Meadow a winner.  Certainly, getting another State championship ring to go along with the eight he already has would be a nice parting gift.