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Today's News

  • Rock solid reasons to believe

        I had the opportunity to attend a conference on Charles Darwin last week held Feb. 15 through 17.  It was scheduled to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of the Species. Charlie’s birthday is on Feb. 12.

        This conference, by the way was not a Darwin Day celebration. It was sponsored by Answers in Genesis, a creationist organization that believes Darwin got it wrong and can offer data to demonstrate what’s wrong with Darwin’s theory.

  • Call them "Champions"

    Having endured criticism from many quarters this past season, the Liberty Minutemen  turned naysayers into believers with their title run.

  • Hurt, Carter top sprints

    From a team perspective, the county’s indoor track entrants were by no means the dominant forces at this year’s District championship.

  • JF Kings o' the pool
  • Hard-fought success

    Bedford County will be well represented at this weekend’s state tournament, as an even dozen local grapplers punched the ticket to the big show at the Salem Civic Center.

  • Unsafe at any speed--commentary

      I recently read that a  study showed that some former football players had brain injuries on a par with former professional boxers.

  • Free health screening reveals danger

        A free blood-sugar screening recently revealed a problem to a Bedford County man. It may have saved his life.

        Bedford Memorial Hospital conducts free blood-pressure and blood sugar screenings at area post offices every month. Last fall, Jackie Cunningham took advantage of one at the Forest Post Office.

        “It was just a convenient thing to do while I was in the post office,” Cunningham said.

  • Supervisors work to close budget hole

    Kathleen Guzi, the county’s administrator, noted that we are in truly unique economic times.

        “There’s more unknowns this year than I’ve ever had,” she told the supervisors at a budget work session last week.

        Guzi noted that this is the first time in 22 years that she has had to deal with a downward spiral in personal property tax revenue. She is confident that there will be growth again, but she doesn’t know whether the current downturn will be short term.

  • The Electric Company celebrates first year

    It’s been a successful year for The Electric Company.

        The business, located on Depot Street, takes it’s name from the fact that it occupies the building that formerly housed the city’s electric department. Patti Siehien and Al DeWeese purchased the old building in the autumn of 2007, after the electric department moved to new quarters. They opened for business on Jan. 8, 2008.

  • Guilty pleas

    A Vinton man will be spending the next 25 years behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple violent felony charges in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday. George Leroy Keaton, 31, entered a signed plea agreement to charges of abduction, rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated malicious wounding and attempted capital murder.

        Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz termed Keaton a sexual sadist.