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Today's News

  • ‘My little Democrat’ is growing up

        Almost exactly three years ago I wrote a column about my then 9-year-old son, Ryan. After this most recent Father’s Day, I thought an update on him and his progress might be in order.

        I called him “my little Democrat” at the time, and recounted some of our political adventures together, including meeting Mark Warner and delegate-to-be Ben Cline.

  • The Iranian challenge

        Iran’s recent presidential “election” poses a major foreign policy challenge for President Barack Obama.   

        In the first place, these aren’t free elections. Only candidates approved by a council of Shia clerics are on the ballot. In the second place, an Iranian president doesn’t wield the degree of power over Iranian government policy that our president does over American government policy. A Shia cleric named Ayatollah Ali Khamenei actually runs the show.

  • Breaking: Council to fund Main Street program for six months

    Bedford Main Street, Inc. will receive funding from the city of Bedford for the next six months, but representatives from the organization must appear before city council in July to explain how they plan to reorganize.

  • Cav booters' state hopes dashed by Blacksburg

    It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

  • Lady Cavs suffer Titan-ic loss

    A matter of inches.

    That’s what a game-cinching sequence in Jefferson Forest’s 2-0 loss to Hidden Valley came down to.

  • Phys ed and fish sticks

      Once a week, I enjoy my lunch in the gymnasium of the Bedford Primary School.

    Once a week, I also eat my lunch in the auditorium of the Bedford Primary School.

  • Transition begins for new superintendent

    Dr. Douglas Schuch began in earnest last week the transition process to become the new superintendent of Bedford County Public Schools.

        Schuch was in Bedford visiting the county’s schools, meeting with principals and attending the school board meeting Thursday and high school graduations on Saturday. On Friday, he was officially sworn in for the superintendent’s position at the court house by Cathy C. Hogan, Clerk of the Circuit Court.

  • Grace Memorial Baptist dedicates new sanctuary

    A lot of churches build additions or new sanctuaries, but the new sanctuary that Grace Memorial Baptist Church dedicated this month is something different.

        Grace Memorial is a country church, located on Robertson Road, off Dickerson Mill Road, but what was built doesn’t look like what comes to mind when you think of a country church. The 500 seat sanctuary, and the building that houses it, looks more like what you would expect a suburban congregation to build.

  • A public affair

    An Army Reserve unit in Greensboro left for Fort Dix, N.J., last month, to prepare for duty in Iraq.

        Major Timothy Brooke, the company commander, is no stranger to Iraq. Brooke, who normally wears the uniform of the Bedford Police Department, returned early last year from a deployment there, where he served as “mayor” of Freedom Compound in Baghdad.

  • Domestic Violence Coalition

        Along with Bedford Domestic Violence Services, there is another group dealing with the problem of domestic violence.

        The Bedford Domestic Violence Coalition isn’t a competing organization. In fact, Bedford Domestic Violence Services is part of the Coalition. Its goal is to bring individuals, direct service providers and organizations together in a collaborative effort.

        Individuals may be professionals, such as forensic nurses, employees of the victim/witness program or social workers.