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Today's News

  • Harrison honored at assembly

    Exxon Mobil has a vested interest in making sure America’s youth are well vested in math and science, according to Bob Ball, the company’s external affairs manager for the southeastern part of the United States. A local student helped put a face on that effort last month.

        “We hire a lot of scientists, mathematicians and engineers,” Ball commented at an assembly at Liberty High School last week.

  • Bedford landmark topples

        The Rubatex water tower has been a highly visible Bedford landmark for nearly 60 years.

         According to Larry Brookshier, a former owner of the company, the tower was built in 1952 to hold water to fight fires at the plant. At that time Bedford only had two-inch water mains, and those did not provide sufficient water pressure. Years later, the city upgraded its water mains to eight-inch lines and the tower was no longer needed.

  • Cleaning up the Lake

    By Peter Sawyer

  • What changed Thursday in the school budget?

    By  a 6-2 vote, the Bedford County School Board approved an amended 2011-2012 Budget Thursday, following a $1.1 million funding reduction from Bedford County.

        Areas where the board agreed to reduce funding included:
        • More than $760,000 moved from the Maintenance Project Fund;
        • $250,000 cut from the Title 1 program;
        • $200,000 cut from the Blended Learning program;

  • Bedford Primary School to remain open

    In a surprising turn of events, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to keep Bedford Primary School open. The school will house pre-school, kindergarten and first grade next year with only the second grade moving to Bedford Elementary School.

        Controversy has surrounded the school budget ever since the School Board proposed closing the school early this year. The School Board and Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch have been at odds with the County Board of Supervisors, parents of students at BPS and even, at times, with each other.

  • It was the thing to do

    Walter Reinhardt was a university student when Japanese naval aircraft bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Like a number of other young American men in the weeks afterwards, Reinhardt decided to enlist in the armed forces.

        “It was the thing to do,” he said, when asked why.
        He was originally planning on enlisting in the Navy, but the Navy recruiter’s office was closed the day he showed up. The Army recruiter was open for business that day, so he enlisted there.    

  • Headstones damaged at Bedford Cemetery

    More than 40 headstones at the Oakwood, Longwood and Greenwood Cemetery were damaged sometime last weekend, including one at the grave of one of the Bedford Boys killed on June 6, 1944, during the Normandy invasion.

  • Bedford Primary to remain open this year

    In a surprising turn of events, Bedford County's school board voted to keep Bedford Primary School open. The school will house pre-school, kindergarten and first grade with only the second grade moving to Bedford Elementary School.

  • School board to keep Bedford Primary open, sort of

    Bedford County's school board is sticking with a plan to move the K-2 students from Bedford Primary School to Bedford Elementary School.

    A Tuesday night called work session of the school board began with a lengthy closed door session. When they emerged, School Board Chairman Debbie Hoback announced that the consensus of the school board was to keep Bedford Primary school open. However, it's not going to be kept open as a primary school. It will only be used for an existing pre-school program there.

  • The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the great opportunity to continue to meet with and hear from Central and Southside Virginians in and across the District.