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Today's News

  • GOP selects chairman

    An enthusiastic crowd packed Susie B. Gibson Auditorium at the Bedford Science and Technology Center for a Republican mass meeting Monday. Three hundred and thirty-two registered voters participated in an election that chose Nate Boyer as the new Bedford County Republican Party chairman, replacing Kevin Corwin who was stepping down.

  • Astride with Pride

    A fundraising event, held at Avenel and attended by 70 people, raised $6,000 for Astride with Pride, a therapeutic riding program.

        According to Stormi Shelton, who heads the program, the program has 35 riders this year. It’s a bit of a challenge because the program is down two horses. One horse has been retired and Dan, an enormous mule, died.

        Another challenge is that, like most non-profits, Astride’s budget has suffered due to the economic downturn.

  • Bedford’s 1st, 2nd Friday event

    Bedford held its first, 2nd Friday last week, sponsored by Bedford Main Street.

        Bedford Main Street went with the second Friday concept because Roanoke and Lynchburg already have a first Friday event. Rather than compete, Main Street decided to carve out its own niche.

  • Living was harder back in Jefferson’s day

    A service project by a group of Girl Scouts from Greensboro, N.C., enabled Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to offer something extra last week.

        Poplar Forest has a hands-on program geared for elementary school groups. Among other things it lets them try their hand at a number of tasks that were part of everyday life back in Jefferson’s day. This included household tasks that made the girls happy that they are living in 2010, not 1810. They noted that it would have been a lot of work.

  • Students hear first-hand account from Holocaust survivors

    Alfred and Josiane Traum’s childhood memories are different from most folks’. For Alfred Traum, those memories include being put on a train, taken to a foreign country and never seeing his parents again. For Josiane Traum, they included being hidden in a convent orphanage by nuns.

        The Traums are Jewish and lived at a time when Adolf Hitler was determined to annihilate the Jews. The two, who now live in Maryland, spoke at Staunton River High School recently.

  • Local podiatrist helps out in Haiti

    A Bedford podiatrist got a first-hand look at the results of January’s massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

        Dr. Robert Feldman is a graduate of the University of Miami in Florida, and went to Haiti during the first week of March under a program called Project Medishare, sponsored by the university. He was there through the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, an organization of which he is a member.

  • Guardians of good taste

    So you want a vanity license plate? Take note: You just can’t say anything you want. The word crew is watching.

        The Department of Motor Vehicles keeps a close watch on what you’re trying to say on those plates and if you get too racy, your effort won’t travel far. 

        Good for the DMV. License plates are no place for Virginia residents to slip their filth into the public domain.

  • Letters

    Clarification to editorial

    Editor’s note: Last week’s editorial on the Bedford County Public Schools budget stated that the Early College program was a casualty of this year’s budget. While the school system’s support of the program is ending, CVCC is still offering the program. The following letter was submitted from CVCC about the program.

  • Fancy Grove

    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library continues to honor Confederate History Month by featuring houses in Bedford County that played a role in the War Between the States.

  • McDonnell thinks twice about Confederacy

        You’ve got to hand it to Governor Bob McDonnell; he knows how to put his finger in the wind and discern the prevailing political direction, even when it runs counter to his ultraconservative instincts.