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Today's News

  • Blue Ridge Bagels contest sparked interest in purchase

        The contest that featured Blue Ridge Bagels as the prize fell through due to an insufficient number of entries. Those who did enter, however, really wanted the restaurant and one of them, actually a husband and wife team, ended up buying it.

        Barry Kane teaches sixth grade science in Appomattox, so the restaurant will be an after school job for him. His wife, Cheryl, was an accountant for Lynchburg’s Department of Social Services. She will be the full-time manager.

  • 40 years and still going strong

    She’s 70, but she has no intention of retiring.

        Last week, on Aug. 1,  the owners of Bacon Enterprises, which owns the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Bedford, honored Dorothy Carter for 40 years with the company. It was exactly 40 years ago to the day that Carter and her first husband, the late Kennis King, were hired by Bacon to open the KFC restaurant in Bedford, serving as its managers.

  • Going extreme

        If you see a man on a stand-up paddle board, paddling along the shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake this month, it will likely be Tom Jones.

        Jones is paddling the 530 mile perimeter of the Lake to promote Internet safety and raise money for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.

  • With its doors shut, new owner sought for Court Street UMC

        A piece of Bedford history is for sale.

        Court Street United Methodist Church, with a dwindling congregation, closed after a final worship service on Nov. 19, 2011. There were only 10 members left. Now, the building sits empty, except for visits by Danny Thompson. Thompson, now 58, grew up in the church and has the key. He acts as the agent for the congregation.
        “It’s hard, it’s hard,” he said. “Every time I come in here, I get choked up.”

  • Arrest made in May theft at Taco Bell; BCSO seeks second suspect

        One suspect in a May theft at the Taco Bell in Forest is in custody, another is being sought.

        The robbery occurred when a masked male carrying a handgun entered through the drive-through window on May 23. Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call a little after 11 p.m. that Wednesday night from the Taco Bell, 14867 Forest Road in Forest, reporting an attempted armed robbery.

  • Working to reduce red tape and create jobs In Virginia’s 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Putting Virginians back to work

    Americans are desperately looking for any sign that our economy is on the rebound. They are struggling to find work with the national unemployment rate above eight percent for the last forty-one months. They are facing rising prices on everything from gas to groceries. While Virginians have been fortunate in that we haven’t been hit as hard as other areas of the country, we are in no way immune to these problems. Virginians, like all Americans, want to see a plan to create jobs and end economic uncertainty.

  • A tribute to Sally Ride

    By Thomas A. Karnes
    Goodview

        The following is my tribute to the life and legacy of  a true American pioneer Astronaut Sally Ride. Perhaps her untimely death might help inspire us all to continue her work of educating and motivating young people.

  • Romney fouls out on foreign trip

    Mitt Romney’s hope of demonstrating expertise and leadership in foreign policy with his recent trip barely got past his gaffes in London.
        Many people were laughing over the fact that the Republican presidential nominee could have been so clueless as to diss the British – who were proud to again be in the international spotlight – over their Olympic preparations.

  • A little hypocrisy on wealth


        Rick Howell reminded me, last week, at how inconsistent liberal political hacks are when it comes to rich people. His column suggests that Mitt Romney’s wealth is obscene — that the term “obscene wealth” comes to mind when one contemplates what Mr. Howell calls Romney’s “vast wealth.”