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Today's News

  • Focus on sustainability

    Region 2000 chose Bedford’s Bower Center as the site for its Sustainable Communities Workshop earlier this month.

        What is sustainability?

        Bart Warner, Bedford’s assistant city manager, said that this is a community’s ability to meet its citizen’s needs from generation to generation. Robert White, deputy director of Region 2000, said that it’s important for a community to make sure it doesn’t paint itself into a corner while making current decisions.

  • Musical guest

    Johnathan Dillon, lead singer for the bluegrass band Johnathan Dillon and Phantom Grass, paid a visit to the Good Neighbors day camp being held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish recently.

        Good Neighbors is an ecumenical program that brings seven Lake area churches and Lake Christian Ministries together to help elementary school children of the portions of Bedford and Franklin counties that border the lake. One of its efforts are two four-week day camps for children from first grade through fourth. Each accommodates 50 children.

  • 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.”