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Today's News

  • "Democrats" gift to the GOP

        The “Democrats” reaction, in the wake of last month’s election reminds me of how the Republicans reacted to the election of 2006. They couldn’t quite figure out what happened to them, wandered around on the freeway in a daze, and got run over by another electoral 18-wheeler in 2008.

  • The Christmas Account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • Wuergler steps down from Board of Zoning Appeals

    Bedford County’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) said “goodbye” to Becky Wuergler with a reception Tuesday night. Wuergler, along with Mark Martin, were the two remaining charter members of the BZA from its formation in 1989. Members of the BZA are appointed by the circuit court and Wuergler has announced that she won’t seek reappointment.

        

  • BSTC students see top fuel dragsters

    What’s it like to stand near an 8,000 horsepower engine when it starts up?

  • Snow brings look of Christmas

        The Bedford area was hit with its first significant snowfall of the season last Thursday.

  • City looks at limiting through truck traffic

    Several times each year, a tractor-trailer attempts—and fails—to navigate the turn from Main Street onto North Bridge. Bedford Police Chief Jim Day wants the city to have better control of that issue.

        Day presented a report to Bedford City Council last Tuesday, going over several options the city has to regulate through truck traffic at that intersection.

  • Dog license rates going up in Bedford

    Owning a dog in Bedford just got a little more expensive.

        At its meeting Tuesday, City Council approved, an a unanimous vote, an ordinance increasing dog license fees for the upcoming year.
        The new fees will include:
        • altered dogs — $5 rate, up from $3;
        • male and female dogs — $10 rate, up from $5;
        • kennel tags up to 10 — $35 rate, up from $25;

  • County teachers visit China

    Two Bedford County teachers were able to spend a week in China last month. They hope they’ll be able to use what they learned to help their students.

        The opportunity came through an invitation from the Office of Chinese Language Council International’s North American office, located in Vancouver, Canada. Though the session was intended for teachers of Chinese language, Ashlie Hirschman and Rhonda Luckie were still invited to attend even though they do not teach Chinese. They are both still in the process of learning the language.

  • Man guilty of infecting girl with HIV

    Carlos Lamont Rose, 41, entered pleas of guilty and no contest to charges stemming from a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl which he infected with HIV.

        Rose, of Madison Heights, pleaded guilty Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to carnal knowledge of a minor and soliciting to produce child pornography. He pleaded no contest to infected sexual battery. A no contest plea means that the person does not admit guilt, but  doesn’t refute  the  charge either. It carries the same weight as a guilty plea.

  • SEC brings fraud charges against nuclear power company that started in Thaxton

    The Securities and Exchange Commission last week charged a self-described power company in Idaho—with ties to Bedford County—with fraudulently raising funds for a $10 billion nuclear power project. The SEC is seeking an emergency court order to freeze the assets of the company and two executives.

        The company was originally based out of Thaxton and includes a number of investors from the Bedford area.