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Today's News

  • Helping Haiti

    Bedford area people helped pack a couple of tractor-trailer rigs full of help for Haiti, Friday.

        The effort was a collaboration between Spirit FM, God’s Pit Crew and World Help. According to Dave Clark, who co-hosts the radio station’s morning show with Linda Armstrong, the effort was put together in about five hours on a Wednesday afternoon, the day after a major earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.

  • MLK event focuses on youth

    The memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. was kept alive in a rousing program held at the Washington Street Baptist Church last Sunday afternoon. A near-full house showed up at the church to listen to speeches, music and poetry. 

        The theme of the event  was “Future Youth Leaders.”  Based on the talent that was on display, Bedford should have little worry about those future leaders.

        The highlight of the two-hour ceremony was a sermon delivered by preaching prodigy Edwin Taylor.

  • Judge registers Vermont court order

    A complex story that began in Vermont found its way into Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court last week.

        In April, 2002,  Lisa Miller gave birth to a daughter, conceived via artificial insemination. Miller was living with a lesbian domestic partner, Janet Jenkins, in a civil union. The two had gone to Vermont to obtain a same sex civil union, legal in that state, while living in Virginia. Jenkins did not adopt the girl.

  • GOP hopeful visits Bedford

    Mike McPadden, one of the candidates hoping to get the Republican nod to challenge Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello in November, stopped in Bedford last week.        He lives in North Garden, a town in Albemarle County, and works as a captain for Delta Airlines. McPadden said he originally began flying as a Naval aviator, earning his wings in 1981 and flying the P-3 Orion, an antisubmarine warfare aircraft, until 1986.

  • SRHS principal reassigned

    Robert Stump, the principal at Staunton River High School, has been reassigned and will serve as part of the Bedford County Public Schools Central Office staff through the end of this school year.

        The move was announced through a press release by the school system Friday.

        Other moves were also announced, with all being in effect through June 30, 2010. Those include:

        • Edwin Zimmerman, principal of Goodview Elementary School, has been reassigned to serve as principal at SRHS;

  • Workshop will provide landowners information on using controlled burns

    The Virginia Department of Forestry spent last Wednesday at Claytor Nature Preserve setting fires.

        There was a good reason for this. The Forestry Department, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Cooperative Extension are holding a prescribed fire workshop for landowners at Claytor on Feb. 6, and they needed something to show the landowners who attend.

  • School board looks at cutting budget

        Facing a potential budget shortfall of $5 million or more next year, the Bedford County School Board is looking at every possible solution to save money. That means all options are on the table, including reducing staff, increasing class sizes and even closing schools.

        At this point, there are more questions than answers about the 2010-2011 budget.

  • Newman working to stop request

    who was convicted in 1990 for the 1985 murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom in Bedford County.

        Newman said Kaine’s decision was devastating to both the families of the Haysoms as well as Central Virginia, where Soering was tried and convicted in a trial that drew international attention because Soering was the son of a former German diplomat.

  • Final actions

    Outgoing Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine should be ashamed.

  • Letters

    Ruff is right

        I’m writing this letter today in support of a letter I read in the 1/6/10 edition of this paper that was written by Richard Ruff and was entitled, “Support Local Shelters.”