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Today's News

  • Supervisors ignore citizen input on zoning

    By Nancy V. Raine

    Co-founder of Bedford Citizens for Land Preservation

        In June, 2007 the Bedford County Supervisors adopted a revised Comprehensive Plan that was developed over a six-year period by the Bedford County Planning Commission and citizens and the county planning staff with the support of professional consultants. The process of creating this plan was a bright spot in our democratic process at the local level.

  • President Obama’s foreign policy leadership

        If President Obama’s critics have any fairness about them whatsoever, even they have to admit that the foreign policy of his administration has largely been a stunning success.

        George W. Bush was full of swagger, bluster and a strong pro-war bent. “I’m a war time president,” the “Decider” used to remind us. He could politicize and propagandize the “war on terror,” he just couldn’t get results.

  • The field starts to narrow

        We should soon see the field of candidates for the Republican nomination begin to narrow. Both Chris Christie and Sarah Palin have announced that they won’t seek the nomination and it’s too late for anybody else to toss his hat in the ring and still get on the ballot in all states.

  • County has new economic development director

        Bedford County has a new director of economic development.

        Traci Blido’s first day on the job was Aug. 1. She’s been spending her time meeting with companies, learning about what their challenges are and what can be done to help them.

  • Local farms lead way in effort to clean streams

        The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District’s goal is to keep soil out of the water and it recently applauded local farmers for their efforts.

  • Ground broken for Eco-Village

    A crowd of about 100 people gathered on a warm autumn evening last week to witness the groundbreaking for Claytor Nature Study Center’s Eco-Village, located in Bedford County.

        The Eco-Village will consist of eight cabins and will be built about 400 feet from the nature study center’s main entrance, according to Dr. Greg Eaton, the study center’s director. Dr. Eaton hopes to start before the end of the calendar year.

  • Businesses add Social Media to reach customers

    “The times they are a changin’.”

        Bob Dylan surely wasn’t thinking of the Social Media when he penned that song back in 1964. But his conclusion might be applicable, just the same: “You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone, for the times they are a changin’.”
        There’s no doubt in these times, businesses, in order to succeed, must embrace the use of the Social Media.

  • Supervisors approve hiring grant for deputies to investigate gang activity

        According to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, there have been signs of some gang activity in the area.

        With that in mind, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved accepting a federal grant Monday night, that will pay the salary and benefits for two deputies designated to investigate gangs. The resolution to accept the grant was originally part of the supervisors’ consent agenda but was pulled out for separate discussion at the request of District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek.

  • Ghosts in the graveyard

        About 50 people turned out on a chilly, blustery evening, Thursday to talk to some ghosts in Longwood Cemetery.

  • Local NAACP branch holds Freedom Fund Banquet

        After two years, Bedford once again has an NAACP branch.

        The new Bedford Branch got started this past spring with Ronnie Miller as its president. Saturday, it held its Freedom Fund Banquet. This is an annual fundraising event that was always held in late October.
        This year’s keynote speaker was the Rev. Aaron Payne.