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Today's News

  • Transient occupancy tax delayed

        The increase in Bedford County’s transient occupancy tax won’t take effect until Jan. 1.

        The supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to delay the increase. The action was taken due to concern over the impact a July 1 effective date would have on contracts for summer rentals that had already been paid before the supervisors voted, last month, to raise the tax.

  • Johnson Health Center receives Employer of Choice honor

        Johnson Health Center, which has a satellite office in Bedford, was named an Employer of Choice last week.

        An award, recognizing the designation, was presented to Gary Campbell, Johnson’s CEO, by Joyce Gioia, of Employer of Choice International, Inc., at a breakfast in Lynchburg Thursday morning.
        “It’s hard to get,” said Gioia. “We discourage people from applying if we think they don’t qualify.”

  • Claytor Nature Center day camps are back

        After a one year hiatus, Claytor Nature Study Center day camps are back. The center is offering week-long summer day camps each week, starting May 30 and running through July 1.

        According to Dr. Greg Eaton, the center’s director, the camps are divided up into two age groups. Nature Makes Sense for rising first graders to rising third graders and Virginia Safari, for rising fourth graders through rising sixth graders.

  • Friends to the Blue Ridge Parkway

        Although funding is tight for the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway gets by with a little help from its friends.

        Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a non-profit organization that exists to help the Park Service maintain the Parkway. Their work helps maintain overlooks, trails, historic structures and graveyards on the Parkway property.

  • Pregnancy Center honors woman’s success

        Both the Bedford Pregnancy Center and one of its clients celebrated milestones last week.

  • Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?

    By Anna Barrett
    Liberty HS Good Citizen
    Sponsored by Peaks of Otter NSDAR

        As Americans, we are privileged to have an abundance of rights and freedoms at out hands.  Would being able to call yourself an American mean anything if we didn’t have these freedoms? 

  • Muslim elected mayor; sky didn’t fall

        Something happened recently in one of the world’s great cities, London, England, that, sadly, probably couldn’t happen yet in America.
        Sadiq Khan, a practicing Muslim, was sworn in as mayor of that city after his victory over a Trump-like candidate. His Conservative Party opponent – like Ben Carson here – had openly questioned whether Khan’s religion was appropriate. It looks like the voters answered that question.

  • Is he being honest?

        Although  we’re still hearing a lot of fussing and fuming from Republican Party leaders about Donald Trump, I think they are going to come to terms with the fact that, like it or not, he is going to be their party’s nominee for president.  They will grudgingly begin to support him as the only alternative will be Hillary Clinton getting elected. That would be dreadful.

  • National EMS Week

        When you or your loved one suffers from a medical emergency, it is Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel who are relied upon to respond quickly to the call for help and provide quality prehospital care. Last year, EMS providers responded to just over 1.4 million calls for help in Virginia, approximately 3,879 incidents per day.

  • Two charged with firing gun in residence, child neglect

        An alleged argument at a Bedford residence has led to two people being charged with discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and felony child neglect.