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Today's News

  • Grant will benefit history teachers

    Several Bedford County teachers will get a better understanding of U.S. history through a program funded by a $750,000 federal grant.

        Bedford County Public Schools, which partnered with six other jurisdictions, has received a  “Teaching American History” grant of $743,397 from the U.S. Department of Education. Over a three-year period, the grant will support a program called “American History in International Context,” which provides high-quality professional development to teachers of American history.

  • A blast from the past

    General Jubal Early and “Old Betsy” paid Fridays at the Museum a visit last week.

        Actually, it wasn’t really Gen. Early. The famous Confederate general, a Franklin County native, died 115 years ago, but Mike Mehaffey makes a very good replica. Mehaffey, a retired Sheriff’s Office investigator looks enough like Early to be his twin. A Civil War reenactor, Mehaffey has been reenacting Gen. Early for a number of years and is an expert on Early’s life.

  • Broadband authority approved

    Bedford County’s supervisors voted, Monday night, to create a broadband authority with the board of supervisors serving as the authority’s board. The measure passed 4-3.

        The purpose of the broadband authority is to create a public-private partnership that will extend Internet broadband service to areas of the county that don’t currently have it. According to Frank Rogers, the county’s assistant county administrator, the county has received a $55,000 grant from the Tobacco Commission. The grant requires a local match of $5,000.

  • Former Hardy fire chief found dead of gun shot wound

    The former volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company was found dead July 8, one day after he had been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury on 14 felony charges related to the embezzlement of funds from the fire company.

  • Letters

    Supports Cuccinelli

        Recently an elected official stated, “There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know.” Hearing that statement you might assume that person is pro-life…

        How President Obama can say that “there is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being,” when he himself favors a woman’s right to have an abortion under any circumstance?

  • Veterans health care

        In October 1996, Congress passed Public Law 104-262, the Veteran’s Health care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996.  This legislation paved the way for creating the Uniformed Benefits Package--a standard enhanced health benefits plan available for all enrolled veterans. 

  • Congresman's decisions will be informed by the voices of the 5th District

    Most Americans take deep pride in the quality of our nation’s medical care, but also share deep concerns about the skyrocketing cost and shrinking accessibility of healthcare.  The rising price of healthcare and insurance is crushing many of our local businesses and our working families, while entitlement programs related to healthcare threaten to explode the national deficit in the decades ahead. 

  • Stay fit and friendly - stay involved

        Statistics prove that socializing and giving to others has a positive impact on your life and longevity.  It could make a tremendous difference in the well being of a neighbor or visitor too.  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.

  • Just nominate her, please

        Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s sudden resignation from office has sparked intense speculation about her future, political or otherwise. Palin’s parting speech as governor didn’t exactly give away her plans, probably because she doesn’t know them herself.

        Some think she’ll embark upon a career in television. Others say she is not at all finished with politics and may in fact have resigned to prepare for either a run for the U.S. Senate or for president in 2012.

  • More foreign policy challenges

        Foreign policy challenges for President Barack Obama abound. While I remain highly skeptical of his ability to meet these, it’s certainly far too early to pronounce him Jimmy Carter Jr.