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Today's News

  • Venezuela mourns passing of its leader

        The people of Venezuela have been through a public journey of mourning following the death and funeral of their long-time president, Hugo Chávez.
        The only thing close to the public spectacle of grief for a leader like it in this country might have been the aftermath of the death of FDR, or the assassination of President Kennedy.
        Whatever anyone thought of Chávez, it’s clear that a great many of his people loved him and supported his policies.

  • Frank Rogers has a great idea

        Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers should be applauded for a proposal that takes care of two problems at once.

  • Good riddance

    Why anyone would feel the need to give props to recently departed Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez seems beyond explanation, but it’s certainly all the rage this past week for folks on the left.
        Suddenly this inept, dictatorial politician is eulogized as a conquering hero, a champion of the poor, a standard-bearer for all that is right and good.

  • Thaxton holds Career Day

        Thaxton Elementary School held a career day recently with visiting professionals and service providers who held the children’s attention.

        Some, such as the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, drove to the school with their exhibit. One, Centra Health, flew in with its exhibit; the school grounds provided an open spot where one of Centra’s helicopter ambulances could touch down.

  • We have a winner—and it's not the coyote

    Bedford County’s Coyote Lottery ended on March 1 and the winner was announced with a ceremonial check presentation in front of Southern States, Friday. Ray Turpin, who turned in 30 coyotes, was the winner of the $2,000 jackpot. The money for the jackpot was provided by contributions from Bedford County Farm Bureau, Spring Lake Livestock Market, Powers Tractor, the James River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation, Boone Tractor, Creswell Custom Cattle and Holdren-Stanley Insurance.

  • Supervisors react to school budget proposal

        Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Schuch’s presentation of the school divisions’ 2013-2014 budget before the board of supervisors, Monday evening, drew a mixed reaction.
        The problem some supervisors had with it is that it uses most of the extra money the school division will get next fiscal year from the state—due to Bedford’s reversion to town status—for operating expenses.

  • Students let their love of art be known

        Look around Centertown Bedford and you’ll notice banners hanging off the city lights promoting Youth Art Month.

        Bedford County art students across the county were challenged to create a flag that would promote Youth Art Month, which is being celebrated this month.  A group of students under the direction of Lindsey Winfrey at Bedford Elementary won the elementary level and Laura Garbarini won from Liberty for the high school level.

  • School board looks at budget

        After more than three hours of looking at the budget proposed by Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch, the Bedford County School Board opted to stick with the majority of his budget as a draft plan to present to the Board of Supervisors this week.
        That included a 3 percent raise for school employees, a commitment to funding technology and increasing the staff at the county’s middle and high schools.

  • Guilty: First degree murder

        Charles Edward Glover will spend the better part of the rest of his life—if not all of it—in prison following his guilty pleas to killing a Bedford County man last April.

        Glover, 44, of Goodview pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of Reginald Perry Bowles on April 10, 2012, at Bowles' home on Jeters Chapel Road. Glover also entered guilty pleas to using a firearm in the commission of murder and arson.

  • That's a wrap

      This past weekend's championship tilts put the exclamation point on the preps hardwoods seasons.  And while Altavista (boys) and Salem (girls and boys) brought home championship tin, that was the closest we came to seeing local glory.