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Today's News

  • Take it with a grain of salt

        Congress is still haggling, and making little apparent progress, on raising America’s debt ceiling.  We bumped our heads on that ceiling back in May and we are facing a technical default on our national debt on Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.  Both Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have warned of economic catastrophe if that happens. I also read, a few months ago, warnings that the bond market could get spooked well before we reach doomsday if significant progress isn’t made.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    Thumbs up to Bedford City Council.

        Once again Council saw the value in holding its interviews for a public position in public. Faced with the task of having to appoint three members to the City School Board, Council used that as an opportunity to allow the questions members asked, and the responses applicants made, to be heard in a public forum.

  • Horse & Hound Wine Festival is Saturday

        If you like horses, dogs, wine, or all three, then you’ll probably want to show up at Johnson’s Orchards for the seventh annual Horse & Hound Wine Festival this Saturday.

  • Floors and More—and more

    Floors and More, located on West Main Street in Bedford, got new owners at the beginning of May.

  • Board discusses facility use

        The use of school facilities by outside groups was discussed Thursday by the Bedford County School Board as a committee raised questions on several issues included in the current policy.

  • Historic building to become B&B

        In other action Tuesday Bedford City Council unanimously approved a rezoning request which will allow the former Runk and Pratt assisted living facility on East Main Street in Bedford to become an event venue and bed & breakfast.

        Council voted Tuesday to approve the zoning of the property at 812 E. Main Street to allow the use change. Runk and Pratt Health Care Enterprises Inc. will maintain ownership of the facility.

  • Camps provide plenty of activities for local youth

        A federal grant, administered locally by Bedford County Public Schools, has helped keep a group of local elementary school children constructively busy. Last week, children from Bedford, Moneta and Stewartsville Elementary schools spent mornings at Claytor Nature Study Center and afternoons at the Bower Center. The Claytor Center took 24 children, the maximum it can accommodate at one time.

  • Lining the streets with flags

        If you noticed more flags up than usual on Monday you can thank Bedford Boy Scout Troop 138 for it.

  • Board takes second look at new policy

        After hearing Thursday from two parents whose children would be affected by a new out-of-county transfer policy, the Bedford County School Board changed course to allow almost two dozen students to attend county schools without having to pay tuition.

        Sue Downs-Loyd and Annmarie Finnegan each spoke to the board about the negative impact the policy, as originally passed, had on their children.

  • Bedford Council picks three members for City School Board

        The controversy surrounding the attempt to close Bedford Primary School during budget discussions earlier this year raised up a group of people passionate about what’s going on in city and county government.