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Today's News

  • The GOP loses another one

        The national Republican Party, already crippled and bleeding, suffered another wound when Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Arlen Specter announced that he was switching to that great defender of the working people: the Democratic Party.

        For President Barack Obama - the most effective and most popular world leader on the scene now - it’s another Senate ally that leads him closer to the precious 60 votes that could invoke cloture against any Republican filibuster. He’ll get the last vote when Minnesota’s Al Franken comes on board.

  • Berenson is, indeed, a criminal

        When I wrote, a couple of weeks ago, that Lori Berenson is a criminal, I certainly was not setting myself up to be her judge.

  • County track meet is today

    Local track talent was honing its skills this past weekend, in anticipation of today’s (Wednesday) county track meet at Staunton River High School.

  • Bees back on top after win over Eagles, Cav loss--softball roundup

    Brookville got some help from a Seminole foe while tending to business on its own diamond.  As a result, the Bees were in sole possession of first place prior to their game with second-place JF (Tuesday, after press time).

  • Baseball roundup: Cavs back on top; Eagles edged; Minutemen at .500

    Staunton River saw another great chance for its first Seminole win of the season dry up in the home half of the game’s final inning.

  • Farmers: Be alert on county road

    Bedford County still boasts a large number of farms. This means that, at any time of year, you may encounter a local farmer on the highway with slow moving piece of equipment.

        “It’s going to pick up now that we are in planting season and harvesting season,” said Scott Baker, the county’s agricultural extension agent.

  • Sounding brass at the Bower Center

    The Bower Center for the Arts rang to the sounds of Vivaldi and Bizet as the Roanoke Chamber Brass performed Friday night.

        The Bower Center was the original St. John’s Episcopal Church, built more than 160 years ago. The concert, which included pieces ranging from an anonymous 16th century composition to late 20th century works, was performed in the church sanctuary, the antebellum portion of the building. The old sanctuary provides good acoustics as 19th century pastors couldn’t rely on electronic amplification to make their voices heard.

  • Saunders retiring after 33 years

    This is Sue Saunders’ last year as principal at Bedford Elementary School.

        When Saunders walks out of her office for the last time next month, she ends a 33-year career in education that was spent entirely in Bedford County  Public Schools.

  • Burnette located in N.C.

    The 31-year-old man who allegedly fled from police following a traffic stop last month, injuring a Bedford city police officer in the process, was arrested last week in North Carolina.

        A warrant for the attempted capital murder of a police officer was issued for Brian Aubrey Burnette last month as a result of the incident. The warrant was a result of the stop made by Investigator Tim Stanley. According to Bedford Police, Burnette fled from Stanley in a van. 

  • Owner forfeits horses to county

    The Bedford County man accused of animal cruelty has agreed to forfeit all but one of his 24 horses to Bedford County,

        On March 30, Gary Chisom, 51, was arrested by a Bedford County Animal Control deputy and charged with animal cruelty. Last week animal control deputies executed a search warrant at 304 Stewart St. in Bedford County, as part of an ongoing investigation with the case.