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Today's News

  • 124 full time jobs would also be cut

    More than 120 jobs could be lost and two schools closed as part of a budget proposal made by Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch Thursday.

  • Tough choices

    Gov. Bob McDonnell chose to reverse the freeze on the local composite index proposed by his predecessor, former Gov. Tim Kaine, before he left office. That formula helps determine the funding that each school district will receive from the state for education. When Gov. Kaine proposed the freeze, more than 90 school systems, including Bedford County’s, were going to be helped. Gov. McDonnell’s decision to reverse that decision cost those school divisions millions.

  • Letters

    An apology

    is owed

        My name is Dina Linkenhoker and I am president of the Bedford County Education Association. The following is an open letter to Mr. John Barnhart following his editorial published on February 10, 2010.

  • Two federal stimulus grants will add 575 miles of new high-speed internet infrastructure in southern Virginia.

    Last week, Southside Virginia got a huge boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – or stimulus bill, which I supported – with a major investment that will benefit our kids’ educational success in the short term and make our region more competitive in the long term. Two grants totaling more than $21.5 million will expand broadband internet infrastructure in our schools to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, and create jobs.

  • Cybersecurity is critical to our national security

    The news reports are startling – multiple congressional offices announcing that their computer systems have been compromised by hackers, including Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Pentagon reporting that their computer system is “scanned or attacked by outsiders more than 300 million times a day”, and the General Accounting Office (GAO) testifying that the U.S. information technology infrastructure is vulnerable to attack.

  • Town Meeting

        I will be at the Moneta Library on February 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a Town Meeting.  I encourage you to come and discuss any topic you wish. 

  • WBLT’s 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 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.

  • Bill will prevent "back door" electric rate increases

    een digging out of what has been the snowiest winter in memory, and while school kids are enjoying one of the longest unscheduled breaks in state history, the General Assembly has been passing legislation.  

  • A hard winter that has no politics

        As a lifelong lover of snow, I remember how cool it seemed on Dec. 18 when this winter’s first major snowstorm hit us.

        I was off from work that day in order to get a tooth pulled. I actually  went in early for the appointment at the request of the oral surgeon and his staff, who wanted to escape ahead of the predicted storm.

  • Let’s just freeze in the dark

    Are you enjoying all the winter? I’ve had to shovel global warming out of my driveway two weekends in a row, and what we got the last time was nothing compared with what folks in other parts of the Commonwealth experienced.

        How about those high heating bills? I know one lady who lives in Bedford County who had an electricity bill that topped $500 for a month. She and her husband aren’t heating Al Gore’s mansion, either. They live in a doublewide.