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Today's News

  • GOP should heed McConnell’s warning

        By the time you read this it’s possible that a deal has already been reached on the debt ceiling crisis.

        Even if that is the case, and we’ve successfully avoided a U.S. default, there are still some political lessons that remain.
        First, Republicans need to stop trying to fool everyone about how jobs are created. Rich people do not create jobs. Period. That is a conservative myth, particularly a Reagan myth.

  • Doom and gloom a bit premature

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody says, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply, “Oh yes it can!” I usually tend to see the glass as half empty and think that every silver lining has a dark cloud. I also tend to waste a lot of time crossing bridges that I never actually get to.

  • Congratulations and thanks

    Conservation Police Sergeant Karl P. Martin has helped make Smith Mountain Lake and this area much safer during his years of service. Last month he was appropriately recognized for his service.

  • Fire destroys home in county

    A mid-day blaze destroyed a single family home at 1229 Oregon Trail, south of Bedford, Wednesday.

        According to Marci Stone, the county’s assistant fire chief, nobody was at home at the time the fire started. A relative, who lives nearby, saw smoke and called 911. The house was fully involved when the first units arrived.

  • Grandmother collecting funds for family of injured child

        Various media outlets, including this newspaper, recently identified Karen Toms as the person collecting funds for the family of a 9-year-old Bedford County girl hospitalized after her 13-year-old brother drove an SUV over the lawn mower she was riding. This is not correct. The person actually collecting the funds is Barbara Schrader, of Goode, the girl’s grandmother.

        “I’ll handle it the best I know how,” Schrader said.

  • Pedaling for friendship

        Three bearded young men passed through Bedford, with bicycles, last week. The three are Orthodox Jewish rabbis, or soon will be. They all recently graduated from a rabbinical college in Morristown, N.J., and will soon be ordained.

        According to Dani Saul, the leader of the group, the three are riding bicycles across the United States to create awareness of Friendship Circle and a program to pair teens with children with disabilities.

  • Program offers free memory screening service

        Thanks to a grant by the Bedford Community Health Foundation, Lynchburg College’s Beard Center on Aging will bring a memory screening program to the Bedford area.

        The memory screening is computer based and uses a program developed by Cognicheck, a Lynchburg-based company. Dr. W. David Crews, of Cognicheck, said that he and colleagues from Virginia Tech developed it.

  • McCabe won’t seek reelection in District 6

        Shirley McCabe, who has represented District 6 on the Bedford County School Board since 1995, won’t seek reelection this fall.

  • City reduces time for late payments on power bills

        City Council Members were briefed on an electrical new disconnect policy at a work session last week.

        According to City Manager Charles Kolakowski and City Treasurer Debbie Roberts, Bedford, for a number of years, has waited for electrical customers to get two months in arrears on their electric bills before cutting power. A new policy will accelerate this.

  • Program offers rural experience to inner city children

    The first time that Olivia Yap, of Queens in New York City, spent time with Andy and Lea Larsen of Huddleston, she saw stars.

        It was like nothing she ever saw before because the big city lights washed out the night sky back home.
        “It was real, real dark and the stars were pretty and big,” she recalled. “They looked like glitter.”