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Today's News

  • A winning dance

    Body Camp Elementary School held a unique fundraiser last month called Dancing with the Staff.

        It was based on the TV show Dancing with the Stars. In the Body Camp version, 5th grade students formed teams with members of the elementary school staff. The pairs worked for eight weeks on their routines, under the instruction of local dance teachers.

  • Bedford Christian Academy to close

    When this school year ends, Bedford Christian Academy will close its doors permanently.

        The Christian school, which uses a classical education approach, first began as New Covenant Schools of Bedford in the mid-1990s. It was an education outreach of New Covenant Reformed Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, which had seen success with a similar school in Lynchburg.

  • Business marks 50 years

        Overstreet General Repair marked half a century this month.

        Jimmy Overstreet had planned on a Navy career when his father, W. R. Overstreet started a general repair business in 1959. He was a diesel mechanic and had served on a destroyer escort, which was all diesel. This was followed by duty on the USS Ranger, an aircraft carrier.

        Overstreet was a plank owner on the Ranger, the title that members of a ship’s commissioning crew are known by.

  • Chamber proposes taking over Main Street program

    With Bedford Main Street, Inc., in a state of transition after having lost its executive director earlier this year, the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has proposed that it take over the administration of the program.

        But the recommendation is not being embraced by the Main Street board.

  • City council to consider raising real estate tax rate

    As Bedford City Council works through the upcoming budget proposal, several city programs are already being affected. And so might city residents’ pocket books. Council is considering raising both personal property and real estate taxes.

        During a work session last week, council agreed to advertise for the possibility of raising the real estate tax rate 5 cents from the current 81 cents per $100 of assessed value, along with a 26-cent increase to the personal property tax rate. Council is also considering raising the tax on cigarettes 10 cents.

  • Bedford County seniors earn college degrees while still in high school

    Though 22 Bedford high school seniors will have to wait until June 13 to graduate from their respective high schools, they already have one diploma.

        The students, the first class of the Early College Program in Bedford County, walked across the stage at the Liberty University Vines Center Thursday night to receive their general studies associate’s degrees from Central Virginia Community College.

  • When it comes to the abortion debate, is the President really ready to find common ground?

    Republicans and Democrats alike should at least be able to give President Obama credit for stating this truth about the abortion debate to the 2009 Notre Dame graduating class Sunday: “No matter how much we want to fudge it ... the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.”

  • Letters

    Don’t revise zoning laws: abolish them

        As the Bedford County Supervisors are considering a major revision to the county’s zoning laws, now is the time to ask a fundamental question: Who really owns the land?

  • A flawed immigration policy

    Amazingly each year there is a national immigration ‘lottery’ by which approximately 50,000 foreign nationals get green cards to become legal permanent residents of the U.S.  Each successful applicant is chosen at random and given permanent resident status based on pure luck. The visa lottery program threatens national security, results in the unfair administration of our immigration laws, and encourages a cottage industry for fraudulent opportunists. 

  • Give back to your community

    Whether you’re a marketing genius, a frustrated artist or a history buff, there’s a task for you in your community.  Turn a habit or a passion into a way to help others.  To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292 or info@healthybedford.org.