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Today's News

  • The strange GOP, tea party dance

        With primary elections over, Republicans are now burdened with candidates in several states that are considered so loopy that it may cost them any chance they may have had to take control of the U.S. Senate.

        It’s fascinating to watch the weird dance between Republican regulars and the pretentious, right-wing “tea party” extremists who act as though they just discovered the Constitution and that no one else knows about it.

  • Russia could be an ally

        Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Russia’s Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyuko signed a memorandum of understanding on military cooperation last week. Gates hosted Serdyuko at the Pentagon.

        “I don’t see Russia as a threat,” Gates was quoted as saying after the meetings.

  • Students learn what businesses do

    A joint venture among county government, the county’s public schools and local business seems to be paying off. Called Bedford One, the program works to show high school students what area businesses do.

        “It was wonderful that this happened on my watch,” commented Sue Montgomery at a business appreciation breakfast Tuesday morning.
        Montgomery retired as Bedford County’s director of economic development last year, but still does consulting work. She’s also still involved with Bedford One.

  • Hurt vows to listen if elected

    Robert Hurt, the man Republicans hope will replace Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello next year, spent much of Thursday campaigning in Bedford County. The day ended with a barbeque reception at Delegate Lacey Putney’s house, attended by about 350 people.

        Hurt believes that Perriello has turned a deaf ear to the concerns of the people in the 5th  District he represents in Washington. He cited Perriello’s vote in favor of President Obama’s healthcare bill as an example.

  • Child porn cases involve libraries

    Last week, a Bedford man caught viewing child pornography at the  Bedford Central Public Library in February, was sentenced to spend 16 months in prison as a result of his conviction.

        According to Sergeant Terry Wright of Operation Blue Ridge Thunder, there is a reason why some people use library computers for such illegal activity. It actually makes them harder to catch than if

  • A-maze-ing

        P. W. Morgan is offering folks the opportunity to have some fun down on the farm.

        Morgan’s farm has a large pumpkin patch and a corn maze with 2,370 feet worth of trail winding through it.
        “I drew the design and I did it myself,” Morgan said of the maize maze.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Sept. 22, 2010)

    Sign-ups and notices

        For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    Apple Pickin’ Jamboree

  • Church news (week of Sept. 22, 2010)

    Notices

    Hickory Grove UMC celebrates 50th anniversary

  • Body found at bridge

    Three people charged with killing Sean Peter Placko late this winter and dumping his body in the James River faced a preliminary hearing in Bedford County General District Court, Monday. Although the murder allegedly occurred in Augusta County, Bedford County has claimed jurisdiction because the body was found near the Snowden Bridge in Bedford County.

  • Getting the big wheel rolling

    Big Otter Mill is one step closer to having a functioning mill wheel again.

        Workers from Water Wheel Factory welded buckets back in place on the mill’s massive water wheel, Saturday.
        There’s still a lot of work to be done, notes Richard Burnett, the Big Otter Mill foundation’s treasurer. Now, the gearing inside the wheel has to be replaced.
        “That thing has a huge internal gear,” Burnett said.