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Today's News

  • Few turn out for reversion meeting

        The turnout was less than what local officials had hoped for, but those attending last Thursday’s meeting on reversion in Bedford City Council Chambers had ample opportunity to get their questions answered.

        “The city is not in economic distress,” Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski said about Bedford’s decision to revert from a city to a town. “We’ve looked at this as a positive step for both parties.”

  • Board approves funding for additional teachers

        At its last meeting in August, the Bedford County School Board voted unanimously to amend the school division’s staffing standards to add an additional teacher to each school with less than 250 students. This will result in hiring seven additional teachers.

        In order to pay for that, the school board had to ask the board of supervisors to move $300,000 from the school maintenance category to the operations category to cover the cost. The supervisors unanimously approved that transfer at their regular meeting Monday night.

  • Sentences handed down in murder case

        Sometimes you just have to play the hand you’re dealt.

        That was certainly the case in Bedford County Circuit Court last week for Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz who had two different defendants—claiming two different accounts about the disposal of the body of Sean Placko—sentenced for the same crime.

  • A good year for apples

        While some county agricultural operations got hammered by dry weather this summer, orchards have been an exception.

  • Protecting jobs from government interference

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Working together to grow the economy

    Just days ago President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to lay out his plan to get Americans back to work and following that speech he sent his legislative proposal to Congress. I appreciate the President’s willingness to address this critical situation and like the President I am committed to finding meaningful ways to deal with our nation’s unemployment crisis. However, we cannot tax and spend our way out of this crisis.

     

  • A lot to talk about

    By District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer

        I will be holding my quarterly Town Meeting at the Moneta Library on Saturday morning, Sept. 24, from 10 to 11:30.  There are a lot of topics we can discuss.

  • Pay attention to legislative races

        Campaign signs have popped up everywhere in the Bedford, Roanoke and Lynchburg areas as state legislative races begin to come into focus. Or at least we hope so.

        It’s a shame that the public waits until the last minute to pay attention to Virginia General Assembly campaigns. Then when it finally does, not enough people actually vote.

  • Better to just let him rant

        Tensions in the relations between Turkey and Israel, which have been increasingly sour over the past six years, took a turn for the worse last month after the United Nations affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself by maintaining a blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza.

  • Students learn to use sun to cook

        Viola Henry is retired, but still spends plenty of time working with children. Henry heads the N.E.E.D. project, something she did when she was a teacher at Thaxton Elementary School and she now continues to do.

        Last Monday, just before noon, Henry and her students baked cookies. They used the sun to do the work.
        Henry’s students had already learned about the solar ovens. They in turn, taught their fellow Thaxton Elementary students.