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Today's News

  • Sheriff honors RSVP volunteers

    Sheriff Mike Brown honored a group of 20 volunteers last week who saved the Sheriff’s Office $60,000 this past year.

        The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (R.S.V.P.) was established in 2001. After a two-week training course in which the volunteers learn skills such as traffic control methods, defensive driving and police radio procedures, they are issued uniforms and badges with badge numbers. They wear the same uniform, and shoulder patches, as deputies. The badges are silver, rather than gold.

  • Bedford property values rise average of 5%

    Reassessments in the city of Bedford are complete and property values are expected to be up about 5 percent overall, according to City Commissioner of the Revenue Valerie Wilson. That will be one factor Bedford City Council will have to consider as it sets its budget for the upcoming year.

  • AAUW provides mentoring program to area students

    The Bedford County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has completed the first year of a mentoring program for promising high school girls. It’s a pilot program that the organization began last year at Liberty High School (LHS).

        “We’d like to expand to other high schools as we have the people,” said Cheryl Nester, chairman of the mentoring committee.

  • Babcock & Wilcox to use CAER facility in New London

    Representatives from the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) came before the planning commission to ask Bedford County members to approve a departure from the county’s height restriction on structures.

  • Program lets students get hands-on look at teaching profession

    So, you want to be a teacher. How do you know?

        Bedford Science and Technology Center has a program that allows high school students, with an eye on becoming a teacher, to get some real experience before heading off to college. It’s called Teachers-for-Tomorrow.

  • Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over rights to records

    A federal judge ruled last week that information gathered by members of the Bedford Genealogical Society for the past two decades should remain with the Bedford Museum instead of a newly-formed group that had filed a lawsuit earlier this year, seeking to take control of that information.

  • Waiting for a decision

    If it wasn’t clear to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week, it should be now: Virginia vehemently opposes the transfer of convicted Bedford County double-murderer Jens Soering back to Germany.

        When questioned about the issue by Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte during a congressional committee hearing last week, Holder said he was waiting to see “what the state’s position is going to be.”

  • Letters

    Bravo for the Community Orchestra

        Bravo! Bravo! Bravo for the Bedford Community Orchestra and its May 15 spring concert.

         Saturday was the first time we’ve attended one of the orchestra’s concerts, and we discovered how remiss we’ve been. We’re going to correct that in the future.

        The concert was marvelous—music from a Harry Potter movie, Copeland’s Rodeo, Abreu’s Tico-Tico, Ravel’s Bolero, and Celtic music from Lord of the Dance.

  • The case for financial reform

    In the early days of our republic, President Andrew Jackson established an important principle of American-style democracy – that we should measure the health of our society not at its apex, but at its base.  That focus has been lost, as many on Wall Street have accumulated vast wealth while the middle class falls steadily behind.  When regions of Virginia are experiencing more than 21% unemployment and so many working Americans continue to struggle in this economy, it is only just that our leaders protect the interests of America’s working people.

  • Home Star Energy Retrofit Act will create American jobs

    Last week, we received some encouraging news as the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 290,000 jobs in the month of April – 231,000 of them in the private sector. This is the largest number of new jobs in four years and the fourth consecutive month of job growth.