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Today's News

  • Street signs disappear as economic times get worse

    As Wayfinder signs have been going up, some area street signs have been taken down.

        And not by city staff.

        According to City Manager Charles Kolakowski, the city has been experiencing an alarming amount of thefts of street signs in recent weeks.     “We put them up and a week later they’re gone again,” Kolakowski said. “It’s beyond a nuisance (issue).”

  • Wayfinder signs direct visitors to destination sites in area

    After some six years of planning, the city of Bedford is becoming more visitor friendly with a set of Wayfinder signs that have been springing up around city roads.

        “The signs have been a long time coming,” stated Bart Warner, assistant city manager.

  • Breaking news: Former Hardy fire chief found dead of gun shot wound day after indicted by grand jury

    The former volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company was found dead Wednesday morning, one day after he had been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury on 14 felony charges related to the embezzlement of funds from the fire company.

  • Breaking news: School system receives $750,000 grant

    Congressman Tom Perriello has announced that Bedford County Public Schools has received a  “Teaching American History” grant of $743,397 from the U.S. Department of Education.

        Over a three-year period, the grant will support a program called “American History in International Context,” which provides high-quality professional development to teachers of American history.

  • The future of the Memorial

        Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, may be getting his wish.

  • Man sentenced for raping 9-year-old

    A Blue Ridge man will spend the rest of this century in prison for the forcible rape of a 9-year-old girl.

        According to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, Christopher Michael Shepperd, 36, of Blue Ridge entered a non-contest plea in the spring to two charges of the forcible rape of the 9-year-old girl. Krantz said that there was no plea agreement. He had forensic evidence and the victim’s testimony.

        “The girl was very adamant that he had done it,” Krantz said.

  • Two GOP White House hopefuls Fall away

    It hasn’t been an especially good couple of weeks for Republican governors with presidential aspirations.

        First the news broke that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford took off for Argentina to meet his mistress. Then, on Friday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin decided to abruptly resign her post for reasons yet to be explained. If those reasons include a later decision to run for the White House she received some bad advice.

  • Letters

    Needed

    oncology

    therapy

        Several months ago your paper published and article on “A Path To Healing.” This was a pilot program for cancer patients in all stages of treatment or remission, free of charge. I am glad to say that I participated in this program on the second session and it is a well needed program for Bedford. When engaged in the different activities, ie Yoga/Tai Chi, aqua-exercises, and massages/Reiki, your levels of stress, mobility, and fatigue are reduced; which helps in the process of healing.

  • Blueprint for a new energy economy for Central and Southside Virginia

     

  • It’s time for historic health care reform

    In keeping with a 2008 campaign promise, President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats have moved health care reform to the front of the current legislative agenda in Washington.

        The Senate is weighing what’s known to some as the Kennedy-Dodd health care bill, named for two crusading health care reformers, Ted Kennedy and Christopher Dodd, both of whom have championed meaningful health care reform for decades.