Today's News

  • BSTC electrical program prepares students for needed jobs

        He’s a pastor, a teacher and a state licensed master electrician.
        Now he has another title to add to his resume.

        Aaron Payne has been named the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) teacher of the year. Payne teaches BSTC’s electrical course.
        Payne said demand is high for electricians. While overall unemployment is high, that is not true for electricians.

  • Butt out

        Bedford Memorial Hospital is a smoke-free facility.

        Smoking is prohibited both inside the hospital and on the grounds. Nevertheless BMH has a problem with cigarette butts littering the grounds. This year the hospital held a spring clean-up.
         Employees took a break from their regular work and went outside to police the grounds last week, on April 4 and 5. About 20 employees participated.

  • Goal, mission still the same

    Back in December, the board of the  Bedford Hospice House, Inc. announced its facility off Falling Creek Road was suspending operations in order to reorganize and find a workable business plan.
        Four months later the board continues to work with possible partners to fulfill that goal and the organization’s mission, according to volunteer Board President Jeffrey Fulgham.

  • Stirring up some brew

        Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest celebrated the 270th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth with a craft beer tasting.

  • Bombing hits close to home

        Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon struck close to home for Bedford County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock—Wheelock’s sister, Jessica Doyle was one of the more than 23,000 participants.
        “She’s fine,” Wheelock said of his sister, who had finished the race about 30 minutes before the first of two explosions.

  • Chief Day recovering

    Bedford Police Chief Jim Day is back at work, though he’s still recovering from injuries he received after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Va. 43 on April 6.

        Tuesday was his first day back on the job; he will work half days this week and probably come back full-time on Monday.
        “We’ll just see how these next couple of days go,” he said of his recovery.

  • Bulletin update: Ball to run as Constitution Party candidate for 19th House District

    Joshua Ball, 25 of Bedford announced his candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates last week, seeking the seat in the 19th district being vacated by long-time independent Delegate Lacey Putney.

    Ball, a pastor in the Bedford area, announced his candidacy at the Bedford County Administration Building flanked by family and friends. He has secured the nomination of the Constitution Party of Virginia.

  • Letters 04/10/13

    A fair voice

        Recently the County Board of Supervisors, as part of the City’s reversion process, voted to absorb the future Town residents into two existing county districts. By so doing, the future Town residents will simply be diluted into the two county districts which will result in the Town residents having no effective voice in how we are governed.

  • Reducing the tax burden

    Tax season is upon us once again. As April 15th creeps closer, families and businesses are scrambling to meet the filing deadline for 2012 tax returns. For many that means a mountain of paperwork, hefty fees for tax preparation, and a headache from navigating the outdated, needlessly complex tax code. The U.S. tax code is so complicated that roughly 9 out of 10 Americans use paid professionals or commercial software to prepare their tax returns.


  • Liberty University’s unholy gun policy

    In its advertising and promotions, Liberty University loves to tell the public that it is producing “Champions for Christ.”
        Yet, it is not a divinity school; it pretends to be like any other college or university in the secular world of higher education. But in all those other places, education – the profound search for higher knowledge – is a calling that certainly can’t be entangled with religion.