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Today's News

  • After 26 years at the helm, Lynn Beebe stepping down

        For 26 years Lynn Beebe has served as the driving force behind the rescue of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat in Bedford County.

        She’s learned and lived the life of Jefferson and she’s seen the amount of property Poplar Forest now owns more than double.
        Beebe has helped lead the retreat’s turn from a lost-in-the-woods piece of history to a national attraction.

  • Business community loses a landmark

        The Bedford business community lost a landmark.

        It wasn’t a building—it was a person. Thomas Edwin “Mike” Reynolds died on Aug. 12.

  • Route 40 Tour

    By Congressman Rober Hurt

     

    At a time when uncertainty from Washington has led us to nearly three and a half years of more than 8% unemployment nationally, folks in Washington, DC are still calling for higher taxes and a bigger federal government that will only lead to more uncertainty.

     

  • Ethanol mandates are causing rising food prices

    Food or fuel? We should not put our nation in the position of having to choose one over the other. But federal law has done just that. And with the extreme drought seizing much of the nation and shrinking corn supplies, rising food prices are about to get much worse.

     

  • Making Bedford stronger

    By Clay Chastain

    Bedford

        Bedford is in the enviable position of being a wonderful place to live, but perhaps in need of a bit of rejuvenate tweaking to keep it so.
        Most of us love the lifestyle that Bedford offers, or else we would not choose to live here. But who of us would object if Bedford enjoyed more job opportunities, a more vibrant, bustling downtown, fewer vacant buildings, more things to do for its young people, and an overall stronger economy?

  • Bring on the ‘entitlement’ debate

    Before choosing his running mate last week, Mitt Romney was looking at a series of polls that showed him losing to President Obama.
        Even the Fox News poll had Obama leading Romney 49 to 40 percent. Something had to be done.
        The Wall Street Journal wrote a persuasive editorial that urged Romney to pick Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and by doing so, inject the conservative crusade for “entitlement reform” as a major issue in the race.

  • Another perspective on the atomic bombs

      
        Last week marked the anniversary of the first and only use of atomic bombs in warfare.
        Last year I met Jim Belcher, a fellow from Waynesboro, who came to Bedford with the Waynesboro Players when they performed “Tuesday Mourning,” a play about the Bedford Boys. Jim provided actual World War II vintage uniforms, with the correct insignia to the actors, as well as teaching the actors how to wear them and proper military bearing, which added to their authenticity.

  • Straighten the road

    It’s time to straighten out the dangerous curves on U.S. 460 east of Montvale.
        Enough damage has been done; a life has been lost.
        This past May, a 31-year-old tractor-trailer driver died and his tanker dumped 6,800 gallons of fuel into the ground as the result of an accident on those curves. The environmental cleanup has been ongoing ever since; the eastbound stretch of that road has been closed for more than two months.
        The road has been a known problem for years.

  • Map changes discussed by boards

        Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a joint public hearing with the planning commission on a large number of zoning map changes that the supervisors are considering. Most of the changes involved correcting the zoning on parcels that are currently split zoned.

  • Paddle boarder spends time with group from Y

        How do you keep 100 children in rapt attention? One way is to be able to tell them about your personal experiences of swimming with sharks.