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Today's News

  • School budget is reasonable

        “I think this is a reasonable budget.” — District 4 school board member Gary Hostutler

       

        Mr. Hostutler is absolutely correct. The budget the county school board adopted is a reasonable budget. It’s not perfect, but it is reasonable.

  • Letters

    Thanks for

    keeping schools open

        I would like to say thanks to our Board of Supervisors and School Board members for keeping our schools open for the future of all our children, and staff.

        I know this was a tough decision for all of them. Our schools are very important to us and our community.

        Also a big thanks to everybody from Thaxton and Body Camp for all the time spent working together as a community.

    Nancy Walker

    Bedford

  • Body Camp, Thaxton Elementary to remain open

        Dr. Douglas Schuch, the county's superintendent of schools, had some good news for the county's school board when they met in a work session Wednesday afternoon.

        According to Dr. Schuch, the state budget that the General Assembly adopted restored $3.5 million that Bedford County Public Schools would have lost due to changes in the local composite index (LCI).

        "That three-and-a-half million came back to us," he told the school board.

  • Diamond fever heads this way

    It’s nice to have the district’s top pitcher from last year back for his senior season.

  • River diamondmen start anew in Blue Ridge

    Springtime is all about freshness.

    Fresh blooms, fresh life.  Fresh starts.

  • Sports commentary: The Irish among us

      Around this time last year, I wrote a column that poked fun at Ireland for producing a dearth of athletes.

  • Murder case goes to trial

    Two very different versions of what happened the night of Dec. 19, 2007, began to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon to the Bedford County jury hearing the first degree murder case against  39-year-old Wesley Earnest, who is accused of killing his estranged wife that night.

  • JF theater group brings board game to life

        The actors won’t be the only ones participating in this weekend’s production of Clue the Musical at Jefferson Forest High School — the audience has a role too.

        Much like the Clue board game, volunteer members of the audience will select cards representing the weapon used to kill Mr. Boddy, as well as the character who commits the crime and the room it takes place in. Those won’t be revealed until the end.

  • Bedford Main Street moving forward

    In case you’ve heard rumors to the contrary: “We are having Centerfest,” states Ginger Bell, president of Bedford Main Street’s board of directors.

        Bell said that the board of directors has had a steep learning curve since it has had to function without a professional director. The director’s position disappeared a year ago as the result of a funding cut by the city of Bedford.

  • Avenel gets a new roof

    Unless you are handy with tools and really enjoy climbing ladders, a leaky roof means its time to find a roofing contractor. The decision gets a bit complicated when the house in question happens to be a 172-year-old historic home.

        Dr. Paul Rhodes, a member of the Avenel Foundation board of directors, said that Foundation members recently noticed stains on the ceiling of an upstairs room. The stains indicated a roof leak and Dr. Rhodes, who also acts as Avenel’s de-facto grounds keeper, went up to the attic to take a look.