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Today's News

  • Confessions of a political animal

    “I so enjoy beating you people.”
        That was the not-so-humble remark made by your favorite left-wing columnist to a friendly Republican colleague when both returned to work following the election.
        She took it well, though, and even played her part. “I know,” she said.
        But she was smiling.

  • Be careful if you decide to build it

        As Bedford County moves forward on building a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone, some people want to make a mid-stream change. Instead of building a new middle school, they want to build a new high school and turn the current Liberty High School (LHS) campus into the middle school.

  • Peace of mind

    Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown’s decision to stop storing data from the department’s license plate reader for more than 24 hours is a positive move. In light of all the data collection going on by the federal government these days, this is, if nothing else, a little peace of mind.
        These days, we’ll take any less data mining of our personal lives we can get.

  • Bust will honor Bob Slaughter

        The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is launching a fundraising drive to install a bust of Bob Slaughter at the National D-Day Memorial. The bust, with an accompanying plaque, is slated to be dedicated on Memorial Day.

        The Memorial is there, to a great extent, due to Slaughter’s efforts.

  • All class reunion for Bedford’s all-black schools

    Bedford Training Center and Susie Gibson High school are slated to have an all school reunion over the weekend of Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

        Bedford Training Center opened in 1923 as the county’s segregated high school. Susie Gibson High School opened to replace it, graduating its first class in 1955. The school closed in 1970. Today, the Susie Gibson High School building houses Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC). Bedford County Public Schools uses the Bedford Training Center as its central office.

  • Chaplains honor veterans

        Bedford Memorial Hospital’s volunteer chaplains chose Veteran’s Day to hear from the Rev. Mark Flores, Carilion’s Hospice chaplain. The Rev. Flores is also Major Flores. He’s a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve.

  • Shepherd’s Table needs a new roof

        The Shepherd’s Table began back in 1989 when Campbell Morris wanted to put on a Thanksgiving dinner for needy people in the Bedford Area. He shared his idea with Pearl Broesamle and the two of them organized volunteers to do it.

        They served the Thanksgiving dinner in the fellowship all of Bedford Presbyterian Church that year, and again in 1990. They served 65 dinners each year.

  • Bedford man guilty of distributing marijuana

        A 41-year-old Bedford man pleaded no contest in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday to two counts of distributing marijuana.

  • Bedford man to serve six months on carnal knowledge conviction

        A 24-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a girl who was 14 years old at the time of the offense.
        Duston Glynn Holdren entered his plea Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to the felony count of carnal knowledge for an incident that occurred in November 2010. A second charge was set aside and not prosecuted.

  • Plate reader data to be dumped after 24 hours

        A number of supervisors were concerned about the length of time Sheriff Mike Brown was keeping data from the license plate reader his office deploys.