Today's News

  • Thaxton, Body Camp schools won't close

    The budget has been revised — and it's good news for some school employees and two smaller schools.

        Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County Public Schools superintendent, informed the county’s school board at a work session Wednesday afternoon that the General Assembly restored $3.5 million that the school system would have lost due to changes in the local composite index (LCI).

        “That three-and-a-half million came back to us,” he told the school board.

  • Happy Easter

    Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

        But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

        All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

  • Finally: It’s a right, not a privilege

        There are two things you can count on in the United States: Decency always triumphs in our public policies in the end; conservatives fight it every step of the way.

        So it’s been in the long battle over health care reform, finally signed into law after the courageous efforts of President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and one great American who wasn’t here to see the fruits of his life-long labor, Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

  • School budget is reasonable

        “I think this is a reasonable budget.” — District 4 school board member Gary Hostutler


        Mr. Hostutler is absolutely correct. The budget the county school board adopted is a reasonable budget. It’s not perfect, but it is reasonable.

  • Letters

    Thanks for

    keeping schools open

        I would like to say thanks to our Board of Supervisors and School Board members for keeping our schools open for the future of all our children, and staff.

        I know this was a tough decision for all of them. Our schools are very important to us and our community.

        Also a big thanks to everybody from Thaxton and Body Camp for all the time spent working together as a community.

    Nancy Walker


  • Body Camp, Thaxton Elementary to remain open

        Dr. Douglas Schuch, the county's superintendent of schools, had some good news for the county's school board when they met in a work session Wednesday afternoon.

        According to Dr. Schuch, the state budget that the General Assembly adopted restored $3.5 million that Bedford County Public Schools would have lost due to changes in the local composite index (LCI).

        "That three-and-a-half million came back to us," he told the school board.

  • Diamond fever heads this way

    It’s nice to have the district’s top pitcher from last year back for his senior season.

  • River diamondmen start anew in Blue Ridge

    Springtime is all about freshness.

    Fresh blooms, fresh life.  Fresh starts.

  • Sports commentary: The Irish among us

      Around this time last year, I wrote a column that poked fun at Ireland for producing a dearth of athletes.

  • Murder case goes to trial

    Two very different versions of what happened the night of Dec. 19, 2007, began to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon to the Bedford County jury hearing the first degree murder case against  39-year-old Wesley Earnest, who is accused of killing his estranged wife that night.