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Today's News

  • Do we really want to be like Europe?


        We have less than four weeks to go before election day when we will make decisions that will decide the direction in which our country moves.
        President Barack Obama, who wants four more years, seems to have a vision for turning America into Europe. Europe is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there and I’m glad that my German, English, Italian and Welsh ancestors came here, starting in the late 18th century. I’m very happy that I am not European.

  • Chicken text now goes to supervisors

        Bedford County’s planning commission didn’t chicken out when it came to backyard poultry.    Planning commission members voted unanimously last week to send a zoning ordinance text amendment to the board of supervisors that will allow a homeowner in a residential zone to have up to 18 chickens.

  • Dry weather didn’t help farms; Fall Festival is this Saturday

        It’s been dry a dry summer, but it could have been worse. P. W. Morgan, a Huddleston farmer still ended up with a green corn maze and plenty of pumpkins in his pumpkin patch.

        Morgan, like many area farmers takes steps to bring the public out to the farm. He has a corn maze every year and a pumpkin patch, selling pumpkins directly to the public. People can either pick their own in the pumpkin patch, or buy them already picked.

  • LHS student killed in crash

        Several hundred Liberty High School students and staff showed up at school Monday dressed in camouflage in tribute to a student from the school who was killed in a single vehicle crash early Sunday morning.
        The Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into the crash that occurred around 12:15 a.m. on U.S. 460 just east of Route 898 in the Montvale area.

  • County man charged with stabbing wife

    A Bedford County man has been charged with stabbing his wife Thursday night.

    At 8:22 p.m. Thursday, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Wheatland Road after receiving a call from a female reporting a domestic dispute at the address.

  • Thaxton man carries on old country tradition

        Donald Phillips, of Thaxton, keeps an old country tradition alive. He plants two rows of broom corn in his garden and makes old-fashioned brooms from it.

  • New career for Bedford native

        Robert A. (Tony) Dill is coming up on the first anniversary of a new career.

  • County participates in earthquake drill

        If you happened to be inside a Bedford County building last Thursday around 9:15 a.m. you probably saw employees crawling under their desks.

        In fact, the goal, had you been there, was to have you take cover as well.
        The county employees were participating in The Great SouthEast Shake Out, an Earthquake Preparedness Drill.

  • Life-altering blast

        Esmond Eugene Cocke, who lives north of Bedford, was living on a 400-acre farm where his father was a share-cropper, raising corn, cattle and pigs, when Uncle Sam sent him a written invitation to participate in World War II.

        It was 1943; Cocke was 18.
        “They gave me a choice when I went in,” he said. It would be a life-altering decision.

  • A case of mistaken identity

        The Evington man arrested last week for allegedly approaching a girl at a school bus stop has been released by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office after further investigation revealed he wasn’t the man who talked with the girl.
        It was a case of mistaken identity, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
        A different man was identified as the one who actually approached the girl and he isn’t facing any charges, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the BCSO.