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Today's News

  • BCPS names new school administrators

        Bedford County Public Schools has introduced several changes in administrative positions, including a new principal at Moneta Elementary School, Shawn Trosper, who is taking over for Melanie Simmons who has taken a position with the Central Office.

  • Active shooter training

        Area law enforcement from a variety of local departments spent much of Saturday training in active shooter scenarios—one at Bedford Elementary School and the other at the Army Reserve Center.

        “It was great training,” stated Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Planning for the training has been going on for months and the departments hold such events once every three years or so.

  • Couple hosts child from NYC for third straight year

        Kayla Thelwell, who just turned 12 and lives in the Bronx, spent two weeks in Bedford courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund.

        The Fresh Air Fund allows children from low income communities in New York City to have country and small town experiences every summer.
        This is the third summer that Mike and Katy Shea, of Bedford, have hosted Kayla. She’s a very welcome house guest. The Sheas three children are grown and Katy notes that it’s nice to have a child around the house.

  • Cop Camp exposes police, their work to area youth

        At a time when law enforcement has been criticized for not being in touch with the citizens it serves, Bedford’s annual Cop Camp is showcasing police work and local officers to some of this area’s most influential residents—its youth.

        Last week’s heat and humidity drained the adults working at  Cop Camp, but it didn’t slow the children down at all. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies made sure the kids stayed hydrated and the children had a great time.

  • Sharks and cobia and amberjack, oh mahi
  • LTP still keeping audiences entertained after all these years

        “We are going to take collective responsibility for this fiasco,” said Nancy Johnson, Friday evening, as she and Karen Hopkins gathered the cast of Little Town Players’ (LTP) 40th anniversary presentation.

        The local theater group was making its final preparations for the free show it presented Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Johnson, Parkie Smith and Karen Hopkins planned and organized the entire show and it worked.

  • Drone Racing
  • Let us remember what it means to be an American

    Last week, as we celebrated our nation's 240th year of independence, I had the profound honor of attending the annual 4th of July celebration at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Each year, that celebration includes a naturalization ceremony in which a group of new citizens takes the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, affirming that they will support and defend the Constitution and our laws against all enemies, foreign and domestic, bearing true faith and allegiance to the same.  

  • Clinton email investigation leaves more questions than answers

    What does it say to the public when officials at the highest levels are not held accountable? The American people expect government officials to abide by the law just like everyone else. However, that does not appear to be the case for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Just a few days ago, FBI Director James Comey announced his recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against Secretary Clinton for her use of a private email server while at the State Department and the mishandling of classified information.

  • What others had to say about the Dallas shootings

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.):

        “Too many people have lost their lives this week due to senseless acts of violence.