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Today's News

  • D-Day documentary now available at Welcome Center

    Copies of “Bedford, The Town They Left Behind,”  are now available at the Welcome Center.

        The film was produced by The Johnson Group, a Virginia-based filmmaker that spent a few years poking around Bedford. Their project was a documentary dealing with Bedford’s D-Day connection. Bedford’s National Guard company was part of the first wave of the assault and 19 men from the town were killed within 15 minutes. As a result, Bedford had the highest per-capita loss that day of any locality in America.

  • Man faces first degree murder charge

    Andrew Clay Ottinger was charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of Sean Peter Placko whose body was found floating in the James River last month. Ottinger is being held without bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford.

        The new charge follows the arrest of three Waynesboro residents, including Ottinger, on charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder in connection with the death of the Churchville man who was found March 7.

  • BMH to close birthing unit

    Bedford Memorial Hospital will close its birthing unit on Oct. 1.

        “Basically, it’s declining usage,” said Patti Jurkus, the hospital’s CEO, about the decision. “This is not a decision that ever, ever is made lightly.”

  • Many cuts avoided

    Bedford County escaped the worst of budget cuts for the school system when the General Assembly restored millions of dollars that were proposed to be eliminated from the state funding for the 2010-2011 school year.

        That meant fewer jobs had to be eliminated and no schools had to be closed. That certainly helped ease the pain that could have been felt next year. Instead of losing 124 jobs, the school system will only eliminate half of those. Most of those spots will be handled through attrition and through a retirement incentive, but not all of them.

  • Letters

    Perriello reflects voters

        Though he has received significant bad press locally, notably in letters to the editor by ultra-conservatives, Representative Tom Perriello accurately reflects the sum and substance of voters of the 5th District who put him in office.  Two issues stand out as targets for criticism:  energy and health care.

  • ObamaCare to provide all Americans with quality, affordable health care.

    One of my greatest privileges in Congress is serving on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and its Health Subcommittee, where I am committed to ensuring quality health coverage for those who have served our country. With rumors and misunderstandings continuing to spread about health insurance reform, I want to clear up any confusion regarding how health reform will affect veterans and military personnel.

  • Accessing energy and creating jobs for Virginians
  • Fancy Farm

        The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library celebrates Confederate History Month with a series of stories about Bedford County locations that played a role in the War Between the States.

        This week we feature the home “Fancy Farm.” The following appears in the book  “The Peaks of Otter, Life and Times” by Peter Viemeister:

  • Our health care vision will endure

        Political fallout from the health care battle is still being recorded, even as many Americans are beginning to realize the justice and the decency of universal health care.

        I hope everyone saw the picture on the front page of the March 27 Roanoke Times. Hundreds of people were lined up to take advantage of an annual dental care clinic that’s offered free. There they were, the uninsured in full view, getting up early, probably before dawn, to stand in line for the care that they can’t afford.

  • We’ll need all the Republicans we can get

        Now that ObamaCare has been signed into law, we are stuck with the same sort of socialist monstrosity that is contributing to the slow suffocation of Europe’s economies.