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Today's News

  • Virginia State Fair returns to its roots

    By Matthew J. Lohr
    Commissioner
    VDACS
     
        I learned a valuable lesson from my parents. Actually, I learned many of them, but this one has served me especially well throughout my life: sometimes when things look bleak, we need to think outside the box and discover new opportunities and possibilities. So it has been with the State Fair of Virginia this year.

  • Todd Akin’s scary wing of the GOP

    I have a fundamental question about the presidential campaign at this point: If the economy is so terrible and Barack Obama is such a failed, Kenyan socialist, why doesn’t Mitt Romney hold a commanding lead in the polls?
        One answer is this: Every time it looks like Romney might be about to build a little momentum, something happens to show just how extreme his party has become.

  • Donkey party hypocrisy


        President Barack Obama spent quite a bit of time blasting private-equity firms, once it became obvious that Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee. It seems, however, that private-firms are just fine when he needs their services.

  • One giant leap

        There’s no doubt: His step truly was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
        Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He died this past Saturday at the age of 82.

  • 9/11 prayer breakfast

        Bedford Christian Fellowship and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, with support from the Bedford County Ministerial Association and the Society of St. Andrew, will sponsor the eighth annual Community Ecumenical 9/11 Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

  • Three vie for District 2

        Unlike District 3, District 2 is seeing a three-way race to fill the seat vacated by David Vaden.

        Jennifer Merritt, who was appointed to the seat by the school board, is being challenged by Charlotte Maxey and Jason Johnson.
        Merritt is a free-lance journalist who writes for Lancaster Farming, a weekly agricultural publication. She said it has three regional editions.
        “I write for the southern edition,” she said.

  • Hicks running unopposed for District 3 seat

        The resignation of two members of the Bedford County School Board this year means that there will be special elections to fill those unexpired terms in November.

        Dr. John Hicks was appointed to fill the District 3 school board seat vacated by Brad Whorley. Dr. Hicks has qualified to be on the November ballot. He is running unopposed.

  • Barnes resigns from PC

        The Aug. 21 Bedford County Planning Commission meeting came to a surprise ending when District 2 planning commission member Lynn Barnes announced his resignation.
        The resignation was effective immediately. Barnes has represented District 2 on the planning commission for seven years.
        Barnes cited frustration with the board of supervisors as his reason.
        “I think the board [of supervisors] has forced this planning commission into a position of giving in,” Barnes said.

  • Refuge from the storm

        One of the current residents of the Elks National Home originally lived there for a couple of years as a teenager during World War II.

        Sheridan Besosa was 13 and living in Puerto Rico when the United States entered the war.

  • BCPS implements training to prevent sexual misconduct of employees

        Following two incidents last year at Jefferson Forest High School, and other recent cases at the county’s other high schools, Bedford County Public Schools has implemented training sessions this year to help prevent the sexual misconduct of teachers, coaches and other employees with students.
        Tim Parker, director of human resources for the school system, said the training came after the Department of Education suggested all public school systems take a look at their policies on that issue and prevention training for staff.