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Today's News

  • VDOT funds cut to this area; no money for unpaved roads

        Debbie Shinestine, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Bedford Residency Staff Engineer, and County Administrator Kathleen Guzi were bearers of bad news Monday night.

        “There is absolutely no money in the next six years for unpaved roads,” Guzi told the supervisors.

  • The write stuff

        Although all county elementary schools participated in the Young Authors contest, Body Camp Elementary did something different.

        Brenda Dooley, the school’s reading coach, found a company that offered a kit that allowed winning stories to be turned into a bound book. Dooley took the children’s manuscripts and typed them leaving room for artwork. The children then drew pictures to illustrate their books. This took a good bit of time, but Dooley feels it was worth it and hopes to do it again next year.

  • Benjamin’s opens at the Lake

        Two old friends have joined up to bring a new food experience to Smith Mountain Lake.

        Benjamin McGehee and Matt White, owner of Mariner’s Landing, have been friends for 30 years, ever since they played Little League baseball together. When White needed somebody to take over the food service at The Pointe at Mariner’s Landing, he thought of McGehee. McGehee started Benjamin’s Great Cows and Crabs in Forest several years ago.

        “His reputation precedes him,” White commented.

  • Bulletin staff win first place awards at VPA banquet

    The Bedford Bulletin won four awards during Saturday’s Virginia Press Association banquet held in Norfolk, including two first place honors.

        Bulletin Sports Editor Mike Forster won first place in the special sections category for his “Football Preps Preview” section that appeared in the paper last August. Forster also won second place for sports column writing.

        Bulletin Editor Tom Wilmoth won first place in the education writing category and third place in the editorial writing category.

  • Safety of road questioned

    Two crashes last week along U.S. 221 claimed two lives and left local officials wondering if that road has a higher crash rate than others in the area.

  • Rooster case moves forward

    Charges against a 62-year-old Coleman Falls man for selling roosters for fighting have been certified to a Bedford County Grand Jury.

        Avery Fitzgerald was arrested in December for selling roosters on two different occasions to undercover investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The BCSO also confiscated about 50 roosters from Fitzgerald’s property. He is charged with two felony counts of aiding, abetting or promoting animal fights, specifically roosters.

  • Letters

    It’s always about the teachers

        I am writing in reference to the letter in your March 11, 2009 edition submitted: By David Goode “Limited Confidence.” While I agree with Mr. Goode and the point he is trying to make, I do take exception with how he goes about it.

        The problem is with one line in his letter stating “Increase Top Management salary while neglecting those who do the real work (Teachers). While I do believe our teachers need to have salaries equal to the surrounding areas, but what about:

  • Where is the accountability?

    At some point there is going to be an accounting of all the money now being spent by our government. Let’s hope that accounting doesn’t come too late.

  • Bipartisan victories in the House

    I’m pleased to report that last week, Congress took swift, bipartisan, and decisive action to protect taxpayers. After it came to light that insurance companies who had taken billions in bailout funds had paid or intended to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in “retention” bonuses to the very executives who got us into this financial mess, the House put together a plan to block them.

     

  • The American people deserve their money back

    Last month the House of Representatives rushed to consider the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” – the so-called stimulus bill.  The Democratic Leadership revealed the final text of the legislation just ten hours before the House began consideration of this enormous bill.