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Today's News

  • The Storm: More damaging than any other weather event we’ve experienced

    By Charles Patton

    President
    Appalachian Power

        The massive June 29 storm that tore across Virginia undoubtedly affected you or someone close to you. Nearly everyone can point to individual stories about the storm, but taken in totality, this storm was without a doubt more damaging than any weather event we have ever experienced at Appalachian Power.

  • Why Romney’s wealth seems obscene

    Do you remember the phrase “obscene wealth?” No one uses it much anymore, but it definitely comes to mind when you contemplate the vast riches of Willard Mitt Romney.
        Just how much is the Republican presidential nominee worth? We don’t know, partly because he’s playing hide and seek with most of his recent tax returns. I wonder if Romney even knows himself the dollar value of just how much money, property and assets he owns.

  • What’s President Obama going to do?

  • The usual suspects

    The usual suspects showed up following the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., Friday.
        As if someone shooting 70 people in a packed movie theater—killing 12—wasn’t enough, there are always those ready to pounce on any opportunity to get their face on TV, or to use that opportunity to trash an opponent.
        Those included:
        • the political hacks, trying to blame the other Party’s supporters for being at fault;

  • Zoning is hot summer topic for supervisors

        Zoning was at the center of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors' discussion Monday.
        The  supervisors spent nearly three hours, Monday evening, discussing the planning commission’s comments on their proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance. This was a continuation of a process that they began in June.

  • School board looks at capital needs

        The Bedford County School Board started out with a list of $60 million in projects, but by the time its work session looking at future capital improvement needs was finished last Thursday, that figure had doubled.
        “This is by no means the final version,” School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch told the board as the meeting started.
        And he was right.

  • Activities policy approved

        Students participating in extra/co-curricular activities in Bedford County Public Schools will have to meet policy guidelines approved by the county school board last week.
        The policy states that participation of students in those activities “is a privilege extended to students and not a right” and is therefore dependent upon compliance with the applicable rules and regulations.
        The policy states that VHSL standards will also apply to participants.

  • Board to consider policy for club sports

        Club sports in county schools may soon come under the direction of Bedford County Public Schools, if a proposed policy is adopted by the school board.
        Several area residents urged board members to do just that at a meeting last Thursday.
        Jennifer Willoughby said the proposed policy ensures student standards while allowing for flexibility at each individual school. She said the schools don’t have to be “mirror images” of each other.

  • Chaplains hear from WWII veteran

        Bedford Memorial’s volunteer chaplains hold a lunch meeting every month with a featured speaker. This month’s meeting, coming less than a week after the 4th of July featured a patriotic motif, and the group felt that its featured speaker was a perfect fit.

        Evelyn Kowalchuk, now 92, was a flight nurse during World War II. She was one of a group of young nurses who cared for severely wounded soldiers who were being evacuated from the beaches of Normandy in the days following D-Day.

  • School board names new principals

        The Bedford County School Board appointed principals for Moneta Elementary and Staunton River Middle School during action at Thursday’s meeting.

        Melanie Simmons is the new principal at Moneta ES, taking over for Barbara Rezzonico, who has moved over to Bedford Science and Technology Center.