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Today's News

  • Obama’s not hostile to small business

    It turned out that President Obama’s July 13 appearance in Roanoke took on a life of its own when the Romney campaign leaped all over one segment of the speech.
        The president was discussing the role that any community plays when a business is successful. He was basically paraphrasing the remarks of Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

  • A little honesty for a change


        Recently President Barack Obama has been busy claiming that his “You didn’t build that” remark has been taken out of context. Actually, when read or heard in the context of his rant in Roanoke, they sound even more anti-capitalist than they do in Mitt Romney’s campaign ads.
        Meanwhile, liberals have been pulling Romney’s comments, made on his international tour, out of context in an effort to make them look like gaffes. Taken in context, they aren’t gaffes at all.

  • To the dogs

    Early this summer, a Bedford County man received a document seeking to register a new voter from his family. Unfortunately the document was sent to his dog Mozart.
        And Mozart had been dead for two years.
        When the form first came Tim Morris said he laughed at first, thinking the solicitation was a joke. Then he realized it was real.
        And that’s a problem.

  • Goodlatte, Hurt sponsor job fair; more than 1,000 turn out

    A job fair, organized by Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Rober Hurt, brought about 70 businesses, most of them with current job openings, to the Liberty Mountain Conference Center in Lynchburg Monday morning.

        The businesses had jobs to offer ranging from those requiring little skill to those requiring advanced training. Employers and employees filled the Conference Center’s eight classrooms, which had been cleared of non-essential furniture to make room.

  • Douglass holds panel discussion

        General John Douglass, the Democrats’ candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat, stopped in Bedford last week to hold a panel discussion, one of a number that he’s holding around the district.

  • 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.