Today's News

  • Maybe it would be better to do nothing

        It looks like nobody is too keen on immigration reform, even the “Democrats.” Earlier this month, shortly after Senator Charles Schumer brought up the subject at a news conference, Senator Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, quickly said that it wouldn’t be addressed during this Senate work session. He didn’t offer an idea of when the “Democrats” would bring it up.

  • Back in the swing of things

    Less than two weeks after Staunton River upset Jefferson Forest on the Cav home diamond, the Golden Eagles were upended on their own turf.

  • JF beats SR; Minettes top LB

    Jefferson Forest easily dispatched County rival Staunton River as the softball season got back into swing on Monday night.

  • Sports commentary: Taxing topics

      You haven’t forgotten to do something, have you?

  • Our own shooting star

    She stands four feet, one inch tall.

    She’s all of eight and one half years old.

  • Free dental treatment

    The Mission of Mercy free dental clinic was held the weekend of March 27.

        With so large a turnout, the event was hosted at the Roanoke Civic Center.  More than 1,000 people received free dental care over the two-day affair.

        Unfortunately, several hundred people had to be turned away.  There was only so much that the volunteer dental staff could do over the weekend.

  • Stewardship plan

    A group of 23 volunteers planted 276 trees earlier this month at Falling Creek Park. Workers included members of the 4H Club, Bedford Women’s Club, Future Farmers of America, Virginia Master Naturalists, the Bedford County Agricultural Board and Boy Scout Troop 183.

        Bedford County Forester Todd Kready said that the trees were planted along Falling Creek’s flood plain and will reestablish a long-gone wooded buffer along the creek. The buffer will stabilize the soil, preventing erosion and filter runoff going into the creek.

  • Retirements limit layoffs

    The Bedford County School Board voted on a reduction in force plan after a lengthy closed door session Thursday night.

        According to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman, 62 positions have been eliminated, but teachers accepting the school division’s retirement incentive accounted for most of those. As a result, 19 employees were laid off. Of these, 10 are first-year teachers and three are second-year teachers. Five teachers were teaching in areas in which they were not fully certified.

  • City faces rising health care costs; looks for new provider

    Facing a 37 percent increase in health insurance costs, the city of Bedford is looking for a new provider.

  • Supervisors pass budget without raising taxes

    Bedford County was able to balance its budget by looking for savings wherever it could be found, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger Cheek. Not getting caught by surprise also helped.

        “We saw this coming,” Cheek said. “We started preparing for this two years ago.”

        The biggest single savings came from leaving vacant positions vacant. As a result, the county didn’t have to do it all at once and was able to reduce staff solely by attrition, without layoffs, by getting an early start.