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Today's News

  • ‘Social issues’ won’t win in November

    Much is being written about Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s marching orders to his Republican troops. “Don’t overreach,” he said, after his party had claimed supreme power in the state senate.
        Last week, he got a strong lesson in how powerfully they ignored him. And they got a lesson in just how much he wants to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.

  • Keep taxes low and regulation light

  • What if?

    What would you do “if” given the chance to do something good?
        When would you try to accomplish that task “if” time wasn’t a hindrance? Who would you try to help “if” money wasn’t a concern?
        Where would you go “if” you had the opportunity to go anywhere?
        How would you use an extra day “if” given those seconds, minutes and hours?
        What if?
        Well, today’s your day.

  • Harmony decision delayed

        Harmony, George Aznavorian’s latest planned development, encountered push-back from some citizens during a public hearing last week.
        All but 10 acres of the land where he proposes to build Harmony is in Bedford County and is currently zoned AR, an agricultural zone, and Aznavorian needs it rezoned to PD-1, a planned development zoning, in order to build the project.

  • Group home faces shortfall

         Andy Crawford, Bedford County’s director of social services, brought a problem to the Board of Supervisors’ budget work session, Monday evening.
        The work session was dedicated to enterprise funds, county services that are supposed to pay their own way due to the revenue they generate. Bedford County Group Homes is one of these.

  • Winning essayists recall the War of 1812

        Francis Scott Key, Dolly Madison and Jean LaFitte still carry some weight.

        Those three historical figures were the subjects of some superb writing that flowed from the minds and fingers of four local students.
        The DAR gathered last week at the Bedford Central Library to hear the authors present their works.  These weren’t just any essays, however, they represent the best that Bedford has to offer.

  • School Board looks at adding club sports

        The club lacrosse team at Jefferson Forest High School will have to fall under guidelines set by the school system if a proposal to implement a club sports policy is approved by the Bedford County School Board.
        Assistant School Superintendent Dr. Cherie Whitehurst told board members Thursday that a policy is needed to provide guidelines for that program and any other club sports that might be implemented in the future.

  • Supervisors approve one School Board request; table another

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors took action an a number of issues at a Monday night meeting that featured a lengthy agenda—including cell towers, the change of the master plan for Thomas Jefferson Crossing and the re-appropriation of funds for the school system.

  • Teachers wear black to push for educational support

        They came dressed in black.
        Their goal: to protest budget cuts in education as well as other actions by the General Assembly they feel are undermining public education across the Commonwealth.

  • Bedford Christmas Station needs new home

        You probably aren’t thinking about Christmas right now — it’s still nearly 10 months away — but the Bedford Community Christmas Station’s board of directors certainly is. Foremost on the board’s agenda is the need for a new home.