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Today's News

  • Someone else needs a history lesson

        I have a challenge for the editor: Tell columnist John Barnhart that he has to go a full month – four consecutive columns – without attempting to leech off something I’ve written the previous week.
        Well, I’d probably better withdraw that request, because the editor and I both know Barnhart couldn’t do it. He has a longtime obsession with the contents of my humble “Liberal Agenda.”

  • Inexcusable sloppiness

        Early last month, relying on the accuracy of statistics provided by the teachers’ union, I offered the opinion that these statistics may indicate that Bedford County Public Schools is losing teachers. The statistics offered showed something odd, indicating that Bedford County was dead last in average teacher pay, but not at the bottom of any category in the presentation.

  • Couple guilty of welfare, medical assistance fraud

        Otis Lee Witcher and April Michelle Whitaker dug a very deep hole for themselves, a hole more than $100,000 deep, over an extended period of time.
        Tuesday morning, they each entered pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court to 20 charges of welfare fraud and medical assistance fraud. Witcher entered guilty pleas and Whitaker pleaded no contest. A no contest plea means that the defendant does not admit guilt but agrees that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.

  • HES teacher wins McGlothlin Award

        Just being named one of the six of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers was quite an honor for Jalenda Settles.
        But last week, she was named the best.
        Settles, a fifth-grade teacher at Huddleston Elementary School was selected as one of two winners of the 2015 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence.
        With the award, she receives $25,000, some of which she will use for international travel to help expand her classroom teaching experience.

  • Bedford Yoga grows

        Business at Bedford Yoga Center has grown to the point that Helen Maxwell has expanded. Her previous studio had less than 300 square feet.

        “Now we have about 1,000,” she said.
        “We would get to a certain size in there and people would quit coming because they felt there was not enough space,” she commented.

  • Little Town Players celebrates 40th season

        Little Town Players (LTP) celebrated its birthday by announcing the list of plays it will perform for what will be its 40th season.

        “They said we’d never last,” Karen Hopkins commented during LTP’s Reveal party, held at their theater at the Elks Home. Hopkins is one of LTP’s founding members.

  • Pig Roast kicks off cross-country bike ride to benefit BRP

        His bike has already been shipped; a fundraiser will be held this weekend to kick off his ride.

  • It was a Special Day

        Though postponed for two days, the 54 athletes from five county secondary schools couldn’t have asked for better weather or better community support as they participated in the 2nd annual Bedford County Public Schools Special Olympics.

  • Going out of business

        There has been a hardware store at the corner of South Bridge Street and Washington Street for more than a century.

        The building was built in 1897 and it originally was called Burks-Ramsey Supply. It was a different business in many ways back then. The Bedford Hardware name came in the late 1940s. Burks-Ramsey sold the 1897 versions of many of the items Bedford Hardware sells today. But the store also sold plow parts and wagon wheels.

  • JF gets OK for artificial turf

        Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) will be able to raise funds to install artificial turf on its football field, now that a surface has been agreed upon.
        The school board voted 4-3 to grant the permission, using crumb rubber as an infill. District 2 school board member Jason Johnson, District 4 school board member Dr. John Hicks and District 6 school board member Kelly Harmony cast the dissenting votes.