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Today's News

  • Brush truck honors founding membe

    one of the founding members who helped pull the fire department together 50 years ago. Even in death, he helped his fire department one last time. In his will, he left it $55,000.

  • Broken insulator puts Bedford in the dark

    A broken insulator knocked out power to much of Bedford late Wednesday afternoon.

        According to Jeff Weddle, the city’s public services director, the outage occurred when a glass/porcelain insulator broke at the city’s Mosley substation, located off Patterson Mill Road. This disconnected the 69,000 volt line that delivers power from Appalachian Power to the substation.

  • Swine flu

    Central Virginia Health District (CVHD) is preparing to offer the novel H1N1 influenza vaccination to school students across the district, including in Bedford County Public Schools.

        Students in Bedford County and Campbell County schools will be vaccinated starting Monday Oct. 26 through Thursday Oct. 29.

        The district also includes the counties and cities of Appomattox, Amherst and Lynchburg. 

  • Dealing with diabetes

    Betty Stafford has diabetes and controlling her blood sugar has been a struggle. A new support group has helped her learn what foods to eat and how to prepare them.

        That’s the kind of help a diabetes support group in the Bedford area provides. The group was organized as a collaborative effort between Bedford Memorial Hospital and the Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry.

  • The value of an education

    Jami Key knows the value of an education.

        She saw her parents sacrifice so she could go to college. The closest library to her home was miles away, but her parents always found a way to get her there so she could “load up on books.” They also purchased a World Book Encyclopedia set for her and sacrificed to help her get into college.

        Those efforts paid off.

  • Letters

    Unloading the debate

        To what might we compare the debate between the Christian and Naturalist worldviews?  We can liken it to a tractor-trailer driver delivering to Georgia Pacific in Big Island. 

        As Debbie, our driver, descended southward down route 501, something on a nearby mountainside caught her attention.   Approaching the plant, Debbie recognized the mountainside diversion as a series of large rocks arranged to read, “WELCOME TO BIG ISLAND.”

  • Stimulus funds help education

    Recently, a group of more than a dozen superintendents and school officials from around the 5th District had the opportunity to sit down with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to talk about the challenges and opportunities in our education system. I convened this roundtable to give school districts the opportunity to communicate directly with the Secretary about what’s working and what’s not in Virginia schools.

  • Cemetery now a neighborhood eyesore

    Behind 112 Donegal Lane, and viewed from Leatherwood Place, the 150 year old Jopling graveyard has been used as a dump by vandals. Surrounded by modern houses with well-kept yards, who would do such a thing?

  • A monument to Stalin?

        There are times that call for standing your ground, no matter what, when you are right. There are other times when graciously backing off is the better choice.

        The reasoning behind Dr. William McIntosh’s decision to include a bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial is correct. Dr. McIntosh sees all these sculptures as teaching tools and Stalin has an important lesson to teach us.

  • Minutemen leave Bees in the Dust

      In the biggest win by a Liberty football team in three years, the Minutemen roughed up last year’s State finalist, 35-20.