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Today's News

  • Summer learning

    Some students from Bedford Primary School spent two weeks this summer stepping back in time as they watched — and even participated —  as history came alive in their class.

        The students were part of the Enrichment Summer School Program funded through a 21st Century Grant at the school. Five different classes were offered at the school in the program, including three in social studies and two in science.

  • Neighbors oppose campground project

        A proposal by Linda Frisbee to build a primitive campground on her property off Stone Mountain Road met an angry response from neighbors at a public hearing before the county’s planning commission Monday night.

  • Virtual school to continue

    Joyce Voelker says the only real option some students have to get an education is through an online program. That’s why she urged the Bedford County School Board last week to continue the Bedford Academy for Virtual Learning

        “There are kids who are just thriving in this curriculum,’ Voelker, who served as the program’s online teacher last year, told the board.

  • It’s time for students to sharpen their pencils and get back to work

    For students in Bedford County, it’s time to put up their swimsuits and break out the notebooks. School opens Monday.

        Some 10,750 students are expected in class for the opening day of school. The school year begins as the school system itself continues its transition with new leadership under the direction of Dr. Douglas Schuch, who officially took his position July 1.

        “The transition planning is going well,” Dr. Schuch said this week.

  • Letters

    Reason to be proud

        Bedford has reason to be proud! As we watch the disruptive Town Hall meetings across the country, we can point with pride to the recent meeting held at Bedford Elementary School by  our representative in the Fifth District, Tom Perriello.

        Although he had expected to meet with constitutions on a one-to-one basis, he found over three hundred people waiting at the school to be heard.

  • Working to keep terrorists out of the United States

    Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in a war to root out terrorism in order to protect the citizens of the U.S. from further terrorist attacks.  During this war on terror, troops have captured and detained numerous terrorists who have taken up arms against the United States and innocent civilians.  Many of these terrorists are being held as “enemy combatants” at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

  • Volunteering can be the very best job

        It has been wisely written that “volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”   This column provides information on volunteer opportunities in our area, most require no special skills.  To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292 or info@healthybedford.org.

  • Chalk up one for Sen. Jim Webb

        There is probably no politician in Washington harder to figure out - and thus more interesting to watch - than Virginia’s Jim Webb.

        The nation just got another lesson in the curious story of this member of the Senate, who, even though he’s only been in office just shy of three years now, is the state’s “senior senator.”

  • Getting a taste of their own medicine

        Rick Howell should stop listening to Rush Limbaugh. Judging from the tone of his frequent references to Limbaugh in The Liberal Agenda, Limbaugh’s radio program obviously raises Mr. Howell’s blood pressure to dangerous levels. Like me, Mr. Howell is over 50, and it’s really risky for guys our age to get that upset. He’s liable to give himself a heart attack.

  • Agree with him or not, Perriello at least made an effort to listen to the people

    You’ve got to hand it to Tom Perriello — he came to Bedford and faced the “angry mob.”

        While some congressmen have been backing down, canceling town hall meetings and running from any confrontation with those opposed to the current health care proposals being considered, the Fifth District Congressman kept his word and showed up here Saturday to address a crowd of about 300, many who weren’t his supporters.