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Today's News

  • BMS student wins county spelling bee

    Bedford Middle School’s Amelia Wentzel had been there before.

        Since the fourth grade Wentzel, now an eighth grader, has been a regular in county spelling bees. And though she had placed in her other attempts before, last Wednesday was the first time she came away as the overall champion.

  • Bedford native establishes scholarship fund at LC

    Dr. John D. Bower knows what it’s like to leave the military and face an uncertain future. He did just that back in the mid-1950s after serving four years in the U.S. Navy.

  • Two supervisors won’t support closing schools

    Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, gave the county’s supervisors an overview of the school budget that he presented to the Bedford County School Board last week.

        “At this point this proposal is just the recommendation of the superintendent," Dr. Schuch cautioned at the beginning of his presentation.

  • Public hearing on budget to be held Thursday

    The public will get a chance to sound off about the Bedford County Public Schools 2010-2011 budget at a public hearing this Thursday.

        The hearing will be held during the School Board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Science and Technology Center in Bedford. If recent attendance at budget and community meetings are an indicator, the public is likely to show up in full force.

  • The blame game

    Last Saturday the Roanoke Times took Bedford County voters to task, stating in an editorial that they only had themselves to blame for the current budget crisis that Bedford County Public Schools is now in. The local daily’s reasoning: Bedford County voters opted for Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in last year’s election.

        The flawed — that’s the kindest word we could think of — thought process went something like this:

  • Letters

    Having a say

        As a student of Body Camp I think I should have a say. 

        Now, I do.  I’m frustrated that they are closing Body Camp.  My mother doesn’t know at all where to put my autistic brother, because Body Camp provides such an education for every child in the school. 

        But where will Body Camp’s teachers go?  Especially our principal, where will he go? 

  • Celebrating the joys of adoption

    Adoption offers a wonderful opportunity to bring children in need and caring supportive parents together.  Each year, I have the incredible opportunity to nominate, for special recognition, families from across the Sixth Congressional District who have made a significant difference in the lives of children, particularly those who have chosen to build their families through adoption.

  • State is making tough decisions

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        Finishing up week six, we have now passed the “halfway point” of the General Assembly session often referred to as Crossover.  At this point, both houses have completed work on all legislation filed by its respective members.  From this point forward, members of the House of Delegates will be reviewing bills filed by senators, while members of the Senate will be considering measures sponsored by delegates.

  • WBLT Black History spots

    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library continues to provide these Black History spots that were broadcast on WBLT in 1988. Keith Campbell donated several audio tapes from WBLT. We have transcribed these and are publishing them here. In 1988 the Rev. Laurie Carrie and Pat Austin read the following on WBLT and they were glad that the tapes had survived. They recount how they took a large number of children to the station and each child also recorded spots. The Museum has not found the children’s tapes but maybe they will be found and we can use them in the future.

  • Extreme partisanship? Blame the right

        Washington D.C. and the mainstream media were abuzz last week with the news that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is the latest Democrat to balk at running again. Bayh vented his frustration with serving in Congress in recent years, saying it was too partisan to work.

        What he didn’t explain was why he waited until a day or so before the filing deadline to quit, thereby punishing his own party in its efforts to find someone to replace him.