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Today's News

  • Out of the ashes

        In December, the house built in 1891 that was home to Josephine Bibb—a well-known Bedford teacher from her birth until her death in 2003—caught fire. The house was damaged beyond repair and what was left of it was demolished a month later.
        But that was then.
        Now, a new house is rising at its site and, while it will look like a Victorian house, it’s being built using the most modern construction techniques.

    The owners

  • School budget OK'd

        There will be fewer teachers, larger class sizes and lower take-home pay.
        Maintenance will go unfunded, math specialists won’t be hired and the ninth grade class won’t be carrying their textbooks to school in a tablet.
        The 2014-2015 budget for Bedford County Public Schools is now adopted and it’s far less than what the school board had hoped to be able to spend.

  • Supervisors ready to help pay for sewer line extension

        Bedford County’s supervisors may have decided last week to help fund an extension of sewer lines in Moneta.
        This would solve Moneta Elementary School’s failing septic system problem, although the proposal that District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington brought up at the very end of last week’s meeting, just a little before midnight, would treat it as an economic development measure and funnel the funds though the Economic Development Authority (EDA) instead of transferring the money to the school board.    

  • Field of schemes: If you bill it, they will shun

     

    By Tom Wilmoth and 

    Mike Forster

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    Talk about sticker shock!

    That's exactly what Bedford County's American Legion baseball team got recently.

    The team, which has had a home behind Forest Middle School for years and years, suddenly finds itself priced out of the market.

    "Our rate has tripled," said Big Island Head Coach Kelley Russell.

  • JF girls advance to State final

     

    Eleven minutes into Jefferson Forest's Group 4A state semifinal match against heavily-favored Midlothian, Cassidy Ratliff's prayers came true.

    Less than two minutes later, so did her dreams.

    The senior forward scored two goals in that span; the first “a gift from God” that went through the hands of the Trojans goalkeeper.

    “I'm glad I prayed this morning,” Ratliff said after the game.

  • Sports commentary: Pure pride

     

    It's a shame it had to end this way.

    My heart goes out to the Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team, just as it would have gone out to the Dominion squad had JF been the one to eke out the win.

    And by "eke," I mean a margin so slim it makes the Olson twins look portly.

    I'd like to write that the loss was heartbreaking.  In fact, my original headline on the story included that term.  But thinking back to the end of the match, as well as its immediate aftermath, the word seemed inappropriate.

  • 70th anniversary of D-Day renews our profound commitment to our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last week, we commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in our history, which took place on D-Day.  In honor of the anniversary of this fateful day, I participated in the National D-Day Memorial Commemoration in Bedford to commemorate the Anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied France.

     

  • EPA rules hitting the pocketbook

    In lockstep with regulatory expansion in nearly every part of our economy, on June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put forth yet another rule, this time attacking affordable and reliable energy. Once again, we see the Executive Branch bypassing Congress to enact far-reaching legislative policies that would hit families, small businesses, and manufacturers in the pocketbook.

  • Gillespie takes unlikely aim at Warner

        The Virginia Republican Party nominated Ed Gillespie on Saturday to run against incumbent Democrat Mark Warner for the U.S. Senate.
        Gillespie easily dispatched two lesser rivals, and was nominated on the first ballot. Newspapers reported that even though some 4,200 delegates had registered, less than 3,000 of that showed up and voted.

  • An example of liberal perversity

    I never see Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda before I write my column, so anything that looks like coordination between the two is not due to deliberate planning. Sometimes it’s due to two political minds running in the same gutter. In other cases, it’s pure coincidence. Last week’s Bedford Bulletin witnessed one of those coincidences.