Today's News

  • Making government more transparent and accountable

    By U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va)

    I wanted to let you know about the recent progress of legislation I have introduced that will make government work better and save taxpayer money.  

  • A tip on the next focus: 2012

        Now that mid-term elections are over (results not available before my deadline), it’s clear what will be the next obsession of politicians and their observers as the tiny remains of this year soon become 2011.

        Next up: the race for president in 2012. For those who will seek the office, 2011 will be the year to get their campaigns off the ground.

  • More fun than a barrel of rattlesnakes

  • Hope and change

    There will be a new look to Congress next year following the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

        Though the specifics of those results weren’t complete by the time we went to press, all indications were pointing to the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives and making huge gains in the Senate. If President Obama hopes to accomplish anything over the next two years he will now have to work with his Republican counterparts in those two elected bodies.

  • Council brings fresh eyes to school issues

    These students are making a difference.

        The Bedford County Student Advisory Council met for the first time this school year on Thursday, Oct. 28. 

  • Board will look at restoring JF band position; no promises made

    The consequences of raising the class sizes in Bedford County Public Schools—eliminating about 70 positions throughout the school system—continue to confront the Bedford County School Board.

        For the  second  meeting  in  a  row,  board members heard from supporters of the Jefferson Forest High School band program, asking that a band instructor position, eliminated in the cuts, be restored. That position is shared by the high school and Forest Middle School.

  • First degree murder charge moves ahead

    A first degree murder charge against a 28-year-old Waynesboro man, accused of killing his uncle and dumping the body in the James River, has been certified to the December grand jury in Bedford.

  • No jail time in dog sale case

    A North Carolina man is now a convicted felon due to an attempt to sell five American Pit Bull Terriers in Bedford County. But he won’t serve any jail time as a result of that conviction.

  • Organ donation saves life of local 12-year-old

        Keith Coles Jr., a 12-year-old who lives in Bedford, is alive today because somebody in New York chose to be an organ donor.

  • Voters get out early

        This year’s midterm election resulted in brisk voter turnout in both Bedford city precincts and in the county.

        “Tremendous! Great! It’s been really good,” said Zack Black, ward chief for the city ward that votes at the library.
        Black said that 257 people had voted there by 9 a.m. And, more were coming. There were two lines going to the door.