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Today's News

  • ‘Tea Party’ flexing its alleged muscle

        In the Virginia legislative elections for this year and in next year’s presidential race, we haven’t seen the end of the “tea party” thing. Not yet, anyway.

        It seems their candidates are popping up everywhere and their alleged influence is under scrutiny at the national level.

  • Giving credit where credit is due

        I’m still am not sure what to make of President Barack Obama. I’ve seen some Facebook postings nominating him as the worst president ever, although I don’t think that description fits him. Jimmy Carter still has a firm grip on that honor and I’ve come to the conclusion that President Obama is not Jimmy Carter II.

  • Day of Caring

        Every year, United Way of Central Virginia recruits volunteers for its annual Day of Caring. The volunteer teams, drawn mainly from various companies, do projects for agencies that don’t have the resources to do these themselves.

        Two teams came to Bedford. Lynchburg Community Services sent a crew of 20 to do landscaping work at the Bedford Area YMCA. They worked on existing planting beds, mulching, pulling weeds and planting new plants.

  • Luncheon features 70 years of history

        A retiree luncheon at Smyth featured 70 years of local history.

        It was living history. The oldest employees who showed up started work just before the U. S. entry into World War II. The local plant, originally Piedmont Label, has been in business since 1919.  The plant got a new name after it was purchased by Smyth a few years after the turn of the century.

  • Journey seeks answers for small business

        You may have seen a covered wagon passing through the Bedford area this past week.

  • Bedford program seeks to help adults who can’t read

        Discussion at a woman’s Bible study about how they, as a group, could meet a need in the community led to the creation of an adult reading program in Bedford.

        “As a group we were trying to see what some of the biggest needs in the county were that we could be capable of meeting,” stated Janice Dixon, Reading Depot program director. “As far as volunteering this seems to be something people feel they can do.”

  • Historic building may become bed & breakfast, event venue

    The former Runk and Pratt assisted living facility on East Main Street in Bedford may soon become an event venue and bed & breakfast.

        The Bedford Planning Commission unanimously voted Thursday to recommend a zoning change of the property at 812 E. Main Street to allow the use change. Runk and Pratt Health Care Enterprises Inc. will maintain ownership of the facility.
        The rezoning request, from low density residential to limited business district, now goes to Bedford City Council for approval.

  • Class of 2011

        Close to 800 seniors from the three Bedford County high schools will walk across the floor at the Vines Center in Lynchburg Saturday to receive their diplomas as the graduating Class of 2011.

        Jefferson Forest will hold its commencement exercises first, set to begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by Liberty High School at 1:30 p.m. and Staunton River High School at 5 p.m.

  • Handful of medals at States

      While county athletes fell short of the three individual titles won at the State meet last year, there was a solid group who brought home medals in track and field.

  • Trip of a lifetime

    Amanda Phillips is living her dream.

        Though diagnosed with a serious heart condition at the age of three months, she’s never let that stop her from facing a challenge and living life to its fullest.
        This summer will be no different.