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Today's News

  • Pay attention to legislative races

        Campaign signs have popped up everywhere in the Bedford, Roanoke and Lynchburg areas as state legislative races begin to come into focus. Or at least we hope so.

        It’s a shame that the public waits until the last minute to pay attention to Virginia General Assembly campaigns. Then when it finally does, not enough people actually vote.

  • Better to just let him rant

        Tensions in the relations between Turkey and Israel, which have been increasingly sour over the past six years, took a turn for the worse last month after the United Nations affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself by maintaining a blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza.

  • Students learn to use sun to cook

        Viola Henry is retired, but still spends plenty of time working with children. Henry heads the N.E.E.D. project, something she did when she was a teacher at Thaxton Elementary School and she now continues to do.

        Last Monday, just before noon, Henry and her students baked cookies. They used the sun to do the work.
        Henry’s students had already learned about the solar ovens. They in turn, taught their fellow Thaxton Elementary students.

  • New physician joins Lake medical practice

        Smith Mountain Lake Family Practice now has a second doctor.

        Dr. Susan Funk joined the practice at the beginning of July. While she is a new face at SML Family Practice, she’s a familiar face in Bedford.  She practiced in a physicians group that included Dr. Allen Joslyn and Dr. Brian Buchanan for a number of years.
        “I came to Bedford in 1991,” she said.

  • Avenel raising funds to remodel kitchen

        Avenel has a grant for $7500 from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust to be used for the renovation of the Avenel kitchen. That’s the seed money, the Avenel Foundation is actually going to need a total of $25,000 in order to complete the job. That’s why it is in fundraising mode now.

        Avenel’s kitchen is cramped. Heather Williams, of Olde Liberty Station, is one of the caterers who frequently works events at Avenel.

  • Lowry Post Office could be closed

        Patrons of the Lowry Post Office don’t believe that closing that historic facility will do much to help the United States Postal Service recover an $8 billion deficit its facing this year.

        And they want it left open.
        The Lowry Post Office has been operating at its current site since 1854. Fifteen residents who get their mail there attended a meeting last Thursday to find out more about what’s being proposed.

  • Two vie to fill District 7 seat

        Two candidates are vying to fill the District 7 supervisor’s seat currently held by Gary Lowry. Lowry announced this summer that he will not seek reelection.

  • Opinions vary on plan

        After working on reversion negotiations for three years behind closed doors, the city of Bedford and Bedford County’s elected officials took action in two open meetings last week to move forward with an agreement. Views by area citizens on what it will mean varied this week. Many wanted to learn more about the plan now that it was out in the open.

  • Pollard votes 'no'

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Annie Pollard cast the lone dissenting vote Wednesday against the agreement which would allow the city of Bedford to revert to town status.

        Pollard didn't make any statements about her vote during the meeting, but after said her "no" was in response to the needs of her district's constituents. Some of those would eventually become a part of the town of Bedford as part of a negotiated boundry expansion for the town.

  • City, county agree on plan for city to become town

        It could be 18 months before it actually takes place, but the city of Bedford is now one step closer to becoming a town once again.

        Last Wednesday both City Council and the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved the agreement that has been more than three years in the making.    
        This Thursday area residents will have a chance to voice their thoughts about the plan at a 7 p.m. meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.