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Today's News

  • Fulfilling the dream

    Forty-five years ago Clarence Brown, at the age of 25, traveled to Washington D.C. from New Jersey. He was present to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

  • Exley resigns from Bedford Main Street

    Linda Exley has stepped down as executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Exley’s resignation is effective Jan. 23 and the organization may take some time before finding a replacement. But Main Street Board President Diane Wilson said the organization’s activities will continue as usual.

  • Historic farm house burns down in Moneta

    Bill and David Buchanan could only look on in disbelief as the smoke, still smoldering from their mother’s home place, rose last Wednesday.

        Early that morning fire department’s from Moneta, Saunders and Huddleston had been called to a fire at the crossroads of Routes 805 and 737 near Stone Mountain. By the time emergency personnel arrived, the historic Carter family home place was fully engulfed in flames and could not be saved.

  • To the people

        In an effort to bring the House back to the people, recently-elected Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello held a symbolic swearing-in ceremony Saturday in Bedford to recognize the beginning of his term and the start of the new Congress.

        His stop in Bedford Saturday at the Bower Center for the Arts was one of several similar ceremonies held across the district.

        Bedford Vice Mayor Robert Wandrei welcomed Perriello to Bedford.

  • Saved by the Belt

        On July 3 of last year Rachel Correll was on her way to work at Raintree Village when a car cut her off in the eastbound lane of  U.S. 460 just in front of the Virginia State Police office.

        “I just lost control,” Correll said of what happened next. Her 2004 Ford Trailblazer flipped over onto its roof. “I was still hanging upside down when (rescue) people got to me,” she said.

        But the seatbelt she had on, and that was holding onto her, likely saved her from serious injury.

  • Runk and Pratt Bedford facility evacuated

        Thirty-six residents of Runk and Pratt’s assisted living facility in Bedford had to be evacuated Saturday afternoon because of a crack in a pipe servicing the sprinkler system.

  • Bedford Ride seeks more volunteers

        Bedford Ride could use some more volunteer drivers, according to Ira Doom, the non-profit’s director.

        Bedford Ride, which first got rolling in the early autumn of 2001, provides non-emergency medical transportation for people who have trouble getting to medical appointments or to get to a pharmacy to get a prescription filled. Doom is one of the organization’s two paid employees. The rest are volunteers. The volunteer drivers use vehicles that are provided, and fueled, by Bedford Ride.

  • Jan. 20, 2009 – Words to a nation

    ... Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

  • Christmas in February

        State and local governments all over America are hoping that Obama Claus leaves them the economic stimulus presents, next month, that they’ve asked for.

  • Toward a new foreign policy

        Now that we have a new president the work can begin to establish a better reputation for the United States around the world, and that means a new beginning in foreign policy.

        With Barack Obama as president, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, and Sen. John Kerry chairing the foreign relations committee, all the right players are in place to change the arrogance and hubris that marked the last administration’s approach to the world.