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Today's News

  • State hoops tourney info

     State quarterfinal games at the Salem Civic Center

     

  • Chairman: Salary based on 'market value'

    If approved as proposed, the new superintendent for Bedford County Public Schools will begin his position making more than outgoing superintendent Dr. James Blevins.

        On Feb. 28 the Bedford County School Board, on a 5-1 vote, voted to hire Dr. Douglas Schuch to succeed Blevins, who is retiring on June 30 after 11 years as superintendent of the school system. On Thursday the board is scheduled to approve Schuch’s contract which calls for him to make a base salary of $140,000, up from Blevins’ salary this year of $135,313.

  • Donation made to Bedford Hospice House

    Ronnie Miller, president and manager of Bedford Funeral Home, has seen, first hand, the benefits of a hospice house.

        Miller’s brother went in a hospice in Atlanta, Ga. Miller said the hospice was geared toward making the patient comfortable. It provided a tranquil setting for a terminally ill patient, rather than the hustle and bustle of a hospital.

        “They just made the patient so comfortable,” said Miller.

  • Supervisors close in on balanced budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors closed in on a balanced budget at a Monday evening work session.

        “This budget was driven by things we have never seen before,” commented County Administrator Kathleen Guzi.

  • Old fashioned work ethic

    If Frank Lewis missed work, people knew that something was wrong. He retired from Golden West Foods, owned by Brooks Food Group, last month after 49 years. He had perfect attendance for 45 of those years.

  • New law has area retailers concerned with getting the lead out

    A new law called the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) went into effect last month.

        The law sets new limits for lead content for products primarily intended for children under 12 and requires certification that these products meet the new standard. The law is retroactive, applying to products made before Feb. 10, the day the law took effect.

        Whether new lead rules will pose a heavy burden depends on who you talk to.

  • The school board should reconsider its pay proposal for the new superintendent

    Sometimes perception is more important than reality. That very well may be the case in the compensation package being proposed for the Dr. Douglas Schuch, the Bedford County School Board’s choice as its new superintendent.

  • Letters

    Bouncing checks

        Written to Senator Mark Warner, Virginia

  • We must work together to reform health care

    This last week President Barack Obama hosted a forum on health care at the White House.  The forum included Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, representatives from the health care industry including various medical specialties, hospitals, doctors, nurses and technicians, the health insurance industry, the business community and most importantly patients, the health care consumers who must be the focus of this process.  I am encouraged by the fact that so many individuals representing such diverse interests were able to come together to discuss the goal of providing

  • Conservatives ripping into each other

        All Washington was abuzz last week over the dust-up between new GOP national chair Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh, the self-styled king of right-wing talk radio.

        The only thing larger than Limbaugh’s ego is his religious devotion to conservatism. He showed that this passion means far more to him than even the fate of his country when he stated that he hopes Barack Obama fails.