Today's News

  • Community garden opens

        First there was a short blast of rain. Then came the rainbow. Then it was time for the ribbon cutting.

        It made for a natural setting for the ceremony as a number of Bedford residents and local officials gathered to officially mark the opening of the Bedford Urban Garden (BUG) on Jackson Street.

  • Liberty zone wants gym comparable to Staunton River, Jefferson Forest

        School board members made no decision on a site for Liberty High School’s new gym, Monday night, after a public hearing on the gym.

  • Local first responders are a community’s greatest asset

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Iran’s bad behavior stuck on repeat

    Did you ever have any old records or CDs that just got stuck after a while? When it comes to the United States’ dealings with Iran, it seems like the record is stuck on repeat. Hardly a week goes by without another news story about Iran’s questionable actions on the global stage. The Iran Nuclear Agreement was a bad deal from the start, and one that I firmly opposed. Now, several months into its implementation, it’s easier than ever to see the flaws in this half-baked policy.

  • Time to get serious about reviving downtown

    By Clay Chastain

        Is Bedford ever going to get serious about a comprehensive and sustained revival of downtown?  And, couldn’t Bedford use a few more jobs and a bit more prosperity courtesy of a bustling downtown?

  • No one thought it could happen

        With Donald Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary, and the subsequent exit of his last two rivals from the campaign, there are no remaining obstacles to a reality that ought to give Republicans nightmares.
        Trump – with no political experience, no real presidential qualifications, and no lack of contempt toward Muslims, women, and anyone who dares to disagree with him – will be the nominee of the once great Republican Party.

  • Trump is like Obama in some ways

        Now Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate left standing. Both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have thrown in the towel.

  • Board adopts revised school budget

        School budget issues were a major feature of Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.

        School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler came before the supervisors to ask for $2 million in one time funding. His request covered eight items.
        Hostutler asked for money to fund a new central office phone system at a cost of $17,000.  He also asked for $50,000 for school security. He said this would finish the job of providing a controlled entrance at all schools, requiring visitors to be buzzed in.

  • Store rewards good behavior

        Forest Middle School (FMS) has taken a unique approach to behavior. It’s a store where students can buy items they want, but instead of money, the currency the store accepts consists of points earned by good behavior.

        “Instead of the school trying to catch you doing wrong, we are going to catch you doing right, and reward you,” said Paul Nazigian, the school’s assistant principal.

  • Long honored with state award

        Senior Virginia State Trooper Brandon Long has received the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award.

        Long received the award in Richmond last week. According to First Sergeant Michael Bailey, this award recognizes state troopers for outstanding efforts to promote public safety. It identifies troopers who excel in this effort.