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Today's News

  • Knight-mare for local ladies

    Turner Ashby was a calvary general known as the “Black Knight of the Confederacy.”

  • Commentary: Olympic post-mortem

      And so the Winter Olympics exit stage left, not to be seen for another four years.

    I am left with some random thoughts, which I shall share with you forthwith.

  • Marshall's Thundering Bird

    It’s that time of year again. High school seniors are receiving acceptance letters to the colleges of their dreams, and are getting riled up about graduation—that next step toward freedom and adulthood. 

  • School employees say no to pay cuts

    With the possibility of layoffs and school closures looming, employees of Bedford County Public Schools were given the opportunity to fill out a survey that asked if they were willing to take pay cuts to save jobs and schools. The majority weren't.

        Dr. Douglas Schuch, superintendent of schools, presented the results to the county school board at a work session Thursday evening.

  • Bedford man faces 14 counts of animal cruelty

    A Bedford man is facing 14 animal cruelty charges after investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office allegedly located dead animals on his property.

  • School board continues to tackle budget shortfall

    Developing a budget is difficult if you don’t know how much money you have to work with. Bedford County’s school board spent nearly three hours wrestling with this problem at a budget work session Thursday evening.

  • Search for dress leads to new business

    A search for a formal dress led Gail Davis into business.

        Davis, along with her husband, Garland, own Alpha and Omega Bridal and Formal Wear. They opened at their new, expanded location at the end of last year.

        Gail Davis had been interested in the business well before taking the plunge. When her three daughters got married, she helped them shop for gowns. She was already catering and providing decorations for wedding receptions, so she was involved in weddings from the business end.

  • Residents ask for taxes to be raised to save schools, jobs

    A crowd of people, asking to have their taxes raised, filled the Bedford County Board of Supervisors’ meeting room Monday night.

        The room has an official capacity of 75 and every seat was taken. People lined the walls and a number waited outside. A number had signs with statements such as “Don’t turn your back on education,””No money = no education,” and “2009-10, no child left behind - 2010 & beyond, every child left behind.”

  • Memorial, Welcome Center teaming up

    Tickets for the National D-Day Memorial will now be sold at the Bedford Welcome Center.

        Up until March 9, visitors to the Memorial bought tickets at a hill-top booth as they entered the Memorial. Those who wanted a guided tour would purchase a ticket for that at the gift shop. Now, both will be purchased at a booth in the Welcome Center.

        “We do visitor surveys,” commented April Cheek-Messier, the D-Day  Memorial Foundation’s executive director. She got the idea for the change from reading those surveys.

  • N.C. man pleads to robbery of Forest bank

    A 20-year-old North Carolina man could face up to life in prison after pleading guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday to robbing a Forest bank last February.

        William M. Smitherman of Clemmons, N.C., pleaded guilty to robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the Feb. 3, 2009, robbery of SunTrust Bank. He also faces bank robbery charges in Galax and Roanoke.