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Today's News

  • Hospice house breaks ground

    Back in 1999, a $2,000 gift to the Bedford Community Health Foundation helped it start an endowment fund to provide hospice services to those in need in the Bedford area. From that seed money an impressive movement began, highlighted Saturday by the groundbreaking for Bedford House, which once completed, will offer hospice services to area residents in the final stages of their lives.

  • The Clubhouse Cafe

    The snow we had last month has been a bit of a setback for a new business in Huddleston.

        Kim Dunford Laverty opened the The Clubhouse Cafe on Dec. 2. It gets its name due to the fact that it actually is in the Mariners Landing Golf Course clubhouse. A lot of her customers are golfers and she has them even in the winter.

        “They golf year round,” she said. “They’re a great bunch of guys.”

        But, they can’t golf when the course is snow covered.

  • Supervisors consider dropping some meetings

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held its annual organizational meeting Monday night. District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek was elected chairman and District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard was elected vice chairman.

        The supervisors also took a look at what lies ahead in budget development for the next fiscal year. County Administrator Kathleen Guzi told the supervisors that this will be the third budget year in a row in which localities will face cuts in the amount of money they receive from the state.

  • Stalin bust still headed to Memorial

        The Stalin bust is still on its way to the National D-Day Memorial.

        “We have not seen the bust yet, or the plaque,” said Jeff Fulgham, the D-Day Memorial’s director of development.

        According to Fulgham, there are a number of reasons that can delay a piece of bronze sculpture. In this case, the bust comes with a plaque to explain it and there is a proofing process before the text, and the way it's formatted, is finalized and set in bronze.

  • Lightning in a box

    You might say local historian and author Peter Viemeister has found “Lightning” in “The Box.”

        The lightning is Viemeister’s five decade old book “The Lightning Book” and the box is a movie by that title, “The Box,” in which Viemeister’s book is used as a prop.

  • Bedford’s Company A deploys for Iraq

    Family and community supporters turned out en masse for a send-off ceremony for 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment Friday morning. The battalion includes Bedford’s Company A.

        The ceremony was originally scheduled for the National D-Day Memorial but cold, blustery weather resulted in a last minute change to an indoor venue. Many of soldiers have small children and infants and the Memorial’s windy hilltop would have provided harsh conditions on a day when the temperature didn’t make it out of the 20s.

  • Fox in the henhouse

    Take this for irony:

        The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is holding a “PSA Challenge” for middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities asking youth to come up with creative videos to discourage underage or high-risk drinking.

        Should ABC really be a sponsoring agency for this interaction with youth? It thinks so.

  • Letters

    A great success

        Bedford’s First Annual Festival of Trees was a great success.  We would like to thank everyone who came to enjoy it and for spreading the word.

  • Update: Former SRHS football coach granted bail

     Former Staunton River football coach Rick Witt is set to be released from custody following a bail hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

        Judge James Updike offered Witt the choice of $5,000 cash or $10,000 real estate bond.  Witt's strong ties to the community were cited during the hearing.

  • 400 Virginia Guardsmen prepar for Iraq deployment

    About 400 members of the Virginia National Guard are preparing for deployment to Iraq.

    A departure ceremony is scheduled Friday at Liberty University for the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team

    The Guard says the Lynchburg-based unit will undergo mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss., for 45 to 60 days before deploying to Iraq