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Today's News

  • Stokes let go as head of parks and rec

        Monday was Michael Stokes’ last day as the county’s director of parks and recreation.
        “Tuesday [Sept. 10] morning I was told by the county administrator that the board had decided to terminate me effective yesterday,” Stokes said in a Tuesday morning phone interview.

  • New location offers benefits

        Bob and Jann Sloper are excited about Floors and More’s new location.

        The business moved to Burks Hill Road on Aug. 1 and now occupies the upper level of the large building across the street from The Duchess of Bedford. The Blue Ridge Fitness Center is in the building’s lower level.
        “I think more exposure,” was Jan Sloper’s comment when asked about the advantages the new location provides.

  • Music festival raising funds to help children with cancer

        A fundraiser, called Noahfest, organized last year to help Noah Okuley, then 13, with expenses related to treatment for hodgkin’s lymphoma was so successful that it gave his father, Michael Okuley an idea: Why not do this for other families in the same boat as he was in?

  • Helping our wounded warriors

        An effort by the American Legion to help wounded warriors was the theme of this year’s 9-11 ecumenical prayer breakfast, held at Main Street United Methodist Church.

        The event was sponsored by the Bedford Christian Fellowship, the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, American Legion Post 54, the Society of St. Andrew and the Bedford County Ministerial Association.

  • Council ready to pull the trigger

        Some new residents of the town of Bedford who were concerned they wouldn't be able to hunt on their property anymore, are a step closer to not having to worry about that by the time deer season opens.

  • Habitat for Humanity, school system form partnership to build home

    It was a perfect fit.

  • New Main Street executive director ready to get started

        Bedford Main Street Inc. has its new executive director

        While officially set to take over Oct. 1, Amanda Adams is already learning the ropes from outgoing Executive Director Sue Montgomery.

  • Volleyball roundup

     

    Last year, they won but a single match.

    This year, Liberty has already doubled that total.  And there's a whole lot of season left for the Minettes.

    Hosting Staunton River, Liberty grounded the Eagles in four games.  Just as when the two teams met earlier in the season, River took the first game.  It did so to the tune of 25-23.

    After that, however, it was all Liberty.  The Minettes reeled off wins of 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.

  • Say no, UVA!

     

    Virginia is for lovers.

    Or, so stated the old advertising slogan.

    Virginia is also for smart folk.  The Commonwealth has one of the finest portfolios of colleges and universities in the nation, if not the world.  I believe that Virginia is the top dog when it comes to secondary education opportunities.

    In my job I have the opportunity to chat with some of our local high school athletes.  Invariably, the topic that comes up when talking with seniors is their future plans.

  • No place of peace

     

    After four years of pain resulting from four years of war, Appomattox served as a place for our nation's healing to start.

    After four quarters of uneven football, Jefferson Forest found the place  to be anything but cathartic.

    The Cavs, flawless in their first two games of the season, had a fourth quarter worth forgetting, allowing the Raiders to pull out a 45-28 win.