Today's News

  • Supervisors will consider eight districts

        A suggestion by District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson to consider creating an eighth district in Bedford County, as part of the rezoning required with Bedford’s reversion to town status, caused a sharp debate among the supervisors at a regular meeting on Nov. 14.
        The measure passed on a 4-2 vote with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp and District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek casting the opposing votes. Board Chairman Steve Arrington was absent.

  • Demanding answers on the Benghazi attack

    It has now been two months since a group of hostile Islamic radicals attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, including two Navy SEALS. Unfortunately, today we know little more about the events leading up to that attack then we did two months ago.


  • Info at the click of a mouse

    By Sheriff Mike Brown
    Bedford County

        I would like to invite all citizens of Bedford County to check out our new and improved Web site: www.bedfordcountysheriff.org.
        We gathered all the information most asked about and put it into an easy-to-find format; Concealed weapons permit info, how to get your fingerprints taken, check out the BCSO calendar of events, become one of our RSVP Volunteers, and so much more!

  • GOP dilemma: Change or keep losing

        If you could boil down to one word how national Republicans managed to lose another presidential election, that would be it. Aside from President Barack Obama’s popularity and the issues that helped him, the GOP’s refusal to come to terms with the changing population face of this country is mostly what got it beaten.
        Some people get very sensitive if you say that the GOP is too white, or “lily white,” as I like to put it. But go to a Republican rally, and tell me what you see.

  • A truly shocking column

        I was absolutely shocked when I read Rick Howell’s “Liberal Agenda” last week. I couldn’t believe my eyes at first! Mr. Howell actually wrote something I agree with. The part of his column that I agreed with consisted of the last four paragraphs where he congratulated Jason Johnson for his election to the the Bedford County School Board.

  • With thanksgiving

    In any given year, the reality of life is that one enjoys both blessing and hardship, triumph and defeats.
        Many times it is easier to recount the struggles, than to focus on the blessings. Let this week provide the impetus to focus on the blessings, even as our community walks through the hardships of tragedy.

  • No bones about it

        The result of a collaborative effort between Brenda Lohr, the anatomy teacher at Liberty High School (LHS), and art teacher Leslie Padgett produced a result that caught the eye of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

        Lohr shared “Pete,” the anatomy class’ skeleton with the art class. Actually “Pete” is a skeleton replica.

  • Bedford’s Mason’s honor Putney, others at Lodge

        “Lacey voted for me five times,” commented Louis Campbell, grand master of Virginia’s Masons, as he prepared to give Delegate Lacey Putney his 50 year Mason’s pin.

        Campbell is a retired judge and, unlike federal judges, Virginia judges are not appointed for life. They serve fixed terms and must be reappointed at the end of each term if they desire to remain on the bench.

  • Local student leads Tech effort

        While Virginia Tech’s football team is the focus of a lot of local people’s attention right now, Tech is fielding a totally different team that has its sights on a national title.

        It’s being led by a local fellow. It’s the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team and its goal is to win the EcoCAR 2 competition. Tech is one of 15 universities in the U. S. that were invited to participate in this competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.

  • 92-year-old Moneta resident only class member at reunion

        When Jefferson High School, in Roanoke, held an all-school reunion, Christine Reckley, of Moneta, was the only member of the Class of 1938 there.

        Actually, she’s not the sole surviving member. She said she knows of two others who are still alive.