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Today's News

  • Memories of becoming an American

    By James F. Burns

    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        I was born in 1939 in the Midwest.  Our house was surrounded by woods, and I well remember the peacefulness and tranquility of my youth.
         But even at ages 3 and 4, I was aware that we were at war.  I had toy soldiers to play with and knew that real soldiers could get hurt—though I had little idea of what war and death really were.

  • What does drowning look like?

    By Pat Massa
    Chair
    SML Water Safety Council

        As a rookie lifeguard more than 50 years ago, I had all the requisite skills to save a drowning victim’s life but knew little about how to identify a drowning victim.
        During the ‘80s and ‘90s, two of my colleagues did extensive research—viewing videos and interviewing literally thousands of lifeguards—to determine what a person looks like when they are drowning and how a lifeguard or other rescuer can best use that information.

  • Reasonable gun control must be passed

        After the most recent nearly-weekly gun massacre in America, the NRA and the politicians it owns have shown once again how utterly insensitive they all are to the shameful gun violence in our land.
        But this time, House Democrats put the tone-deaf GOP leadership on notice that it will no longer sit quietly while they do nothing.

  • They need to think about what they are doing

    While the news cycle has been focused on “Democrats’” efforts to erode our constitutional rights, with most of the mainstream media wringing their hands over the Donkeys’ lack of success, Syria has been a potential flashpoint for conflict between the United States and Russia.

  • Extra Points: Concealed Carry Class

        This past weekend I was able to spend four hours taking a concealed carry class and learned more about having a permit and carrying a gun than I ever thought I needed to know.
        First, let me start by saying I am an avid hunter and have used and been around firearms since I was young. My dad took me out on my first hunt when I was 5 years old and we ended up shooting a beautiful buck.
        My mom and dad also signed up and took the class with me, so we made this a family affair.

  • SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE FISHING REPORT July 2016

    DALE WILSON’S
    SML GUIDE SERVICE
    PHONE NO:  540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950
    www.captaindalewilson.com

     OVERVIEW- Fishing will be good this month! Water temperature will be in the 80’s.  Best times will be early morning, late afternoon and at night this month. Fishing the past few weeks has been good! Most species of fish are in their summer patterns. Night time is the best time to try your luck!

  • Adventure Riding

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor
    Sports@bedfordbulletin.com

        Rob and Kathleen Gore, owners of Reba Farm Inn, home of Soaring Saddle, decided to move to Bedford 20 years ago to start a horse farm. “In northern Virginia it’s mostly horse stalling, so we wanted to make a major move, finish raising four kids and have horses back in our lives,” said Kathleen Gore.
        Reba Farm Inn and Soaring Saddle is located in Bedford, near Johnson’s Orchard.

  • County looking for new tourism director

        Jerry Craig is no longer director of tourism.    
        Craig left the position nearly two months ago and a call to the Welcome Center  earlier this month confirmed that he was no longer director of tourism, but no one, there, could say why he left.
        The county has not sent out any news releases on the director of tourism vacancy. Calls to County Attorney Carl Boggess seeking comment were not returned.

  • High school tracks to get upgrade

        A request to appropriate $3 million held in reserve for construction of the new middle school drew discussion about what happened to the remaining $1.1 million of the money left over from the Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) renovation.
        There was also discussion, and eventual approval, of a request for funding upgrades to the tracks at the county’s three high schools.

  • County man accused of attacking landlord with bat

        At 10:09 a.m. last Saturday. June 25, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call in reference to an assault.
        The caller advised that he has a rental property on Homeplace Drive and went there to do some repairs. While there, the caller alleged he had been assaulted with a baseball bat by Kevin St. Clair, who is the son of the woman that rents the property. The caller advised he had a laceration on his arm and he returned to his home to call 911.