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Today's News

  • Work Force Project a great success

        After receiving numerous complaints of trash on the sides of the roads from residents in many areas of the county, Board of Supervisor member Bill Thomasson and I researched the legalities of possibly utilizing inmates for community service.

  • Again, Kaine wins debate over Allen

    It was my pleasure to go to Blacksburg last week and see the fifth and final debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen in Virginia’s important U.S. Senate race.
        Kaine won again, as he clearly had the last time, and some observers say that Kaine has gone 5-0 in debates against Allen this year.

  • An exercise in Democracy?

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors is faced with the task of filling a vacancy in its midst. The District 2 supervisor's seat became vacant when Chuck Neudorfer resigned in a fit of pique two weeks ago and walked out of a supervisors meeting when he didn't get his way on a planning commission appointment.
        The supervisors are moving quickly. The window for interested persons to apply for the seat closes at 5 p.m. this Friday. The board of supervisors are scheduled to interview candidates on Monday, Nov. 5.

  • No time to bury your head

    The presidential debates are over and the 2012 elections are two weeks away. This is no time to bury your head in the sand.
        And it’s no time to trust the recommendations of someone else.
        If you’re going to vote, you should take the time to get to know what the candidates stand for. The decisions are too important to do anything less.

  • Variety of venues provide access to the arts

    By Mitchell Bond
    Contributing Writer

        Over the past six months, people who have come to the Bedford County Administration Building on West Main Street will have noticed that the once bare walls of the three story complex are now covered with art. 
         The art is part of a two-year showcase of local artists titled “The Art and Artisans of Bedford County.”  This exhibition, which changes quarterly, features work of nearly 20 artists and craft artisans at a time. 

  • Board gets details on proposed program for behind-the- wheel training

        By utilizing a new model, and leaning on more community support, the behind-the-wheel driver’s training program in Bedford County Public Schools can be saved and potentially serve more students according to Dr. Mac Duis, director of instruction for the school system.

  • Board remembers students killed in recent accidents

        The Bedford County School Board opened last Thursday’s meeting with a moment of silence in memory of two Liberty High School students killed in separate accidents over the prior two weeks.
        But the board’s discussion of those accidents didn’t stop there. Proactive measures to prevent future deaths were suggested by both administration officials and board members.

  • Citizen wants supervisors to include firearms sales as a home occupation

    Jerry Craig took the opportunity that the 15 minute citizen comment period affords at the beginning of each board of supervisors meeting to talk to the supervisors about home occupation. Craig asked the supervisors to include firearms sales as a permitted home occupation in residential zones.
        “I personally support this,” Craig said.    

  • NAACP banquet draws record crowd

        A record turnout for the Freedom Fund Banquet, held each year by the Bedford Branch of the NAACP, filled the Bedford Columns Event Center to its full capacity Saturday night. The banquet is held each year to raise money for scholarships and the Bedford Branch’s community activities.

        Dr. Tracy Richardson was the keynote speaker. Dr. Richardson, a Goode native and Jefferson Forest High School graduate, became principal of E. C. Glass High School this year.

  • Harman Eye Center adds optometrist to its staff

        Harman Eye Center’s newest addition is Dr. Tracy Scheibe.

        A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Dr. Scheibe has lived in Beford County for six years, five of them in the Five Forks area. She earned her doctor of optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1999.
        She’s a baseball fan.
        “I like the Cubs, the Chicago Cubs,” she said.
        That choice was not influenced by the fact that Illinois College of Optometry is located in Chicago.