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Today's News

  • ‘Big Island was my biggest achievement’

    By Emily Scruggs

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        “Life has been an adventure.”
        That is Dr. George Wortley’s take.  The words undoubtedly seem true for the doctor, who recently retired after 28 years and two months with the Centra Medical Group and practicing in Big Island.
        Dr. Wortley, originally from upstate New York near Syracuse, moved to Bedford 30 years ago and began practicing family medicine with Centra soon after.

  • Learning to drive

    By Pernie Forehand
    Bedford

  • The Scots-Irish

    By James F. Burns

        Call them the other Irish—the invisible Irish, the Scots-Irish.  They’re more associated with corn, coal, and moonshine than green beer.  They’re the offspring of Scots whom King James transplanted to northern Ireland at the same time he was colonizing Jamestown in Virginia and producing the King James Version of the Bible in the early 1600s.

  • ‘Luck of the Irish’….or success planning?

    By Vicki Gardner,
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        We have options.
        St. Patrick’s Day is here once again and with it the term, ‘Luck of the Irish”. 

  • Conservative insanity over health care

        When the Affordable Care Act was first passed, most conservatives acted as though Karl Marx had risen from the grave, seized power in Washington, D.C., and locked us all in communist chains.
        The kindest thing they said about it was that it was “government-run,” health care, which it certainly was not. But they always trot out that mindless phrase any time insurance companies lose the slightest ability to control whether you and I receive affordable care.

  • Impeach Trump?

        It seems, from reading Rick Howell’s column last week, that Mr. Howell is ready to impeach President Donald Trump. I believe his enthusiasm for impeachment is extremely premature.
        He made a big deal of claiming that President Trump may have violated the  “emoluments clause” of the Constitution.

  • School board gets some good news

    Randy Hagler, Bedford County Schools’ chief financial officer, had some good news for the Bedford County School Board Thursday night.
        The good news is that the budget that came out of the General Assembly contained more money for K-12 education than the senate version of the budget. Hagler had based the school division budget on the Senate version because it was the worst case scenario.
        “We usually budget the worst case scenario,” Hagler said.

  • Driver killed in March 10 accident

        Virginia State Police Senior Trooper M. D. Mayhew is investigating a fatal crash which occurred on March 10. The crash occurred at 7:39 a.m. on Route 24, at its intersection with Joppa Mill Road in Bedford County.
        A 1993 Chevrolet Geo Tracker was traveling east on Route 24 and was slowing to make a left turn onto Joppa Mill Road. A 2005 Ford F-250, also traveling east on Route 24 crossed the double yellow center line, sideswiping the Chevrolet and striking a Bedford County School Bus which was traveling west on Route 24.

  • A busy day for area firefighters

        Bedford County firefighters were kept busy last Thursday afternoon and evening with three fires.
         The first one was called in at about 3:45 p.m. reporting a single-wide mobile home on fire on Unity Lane in the Chamblissburg area of the county. When fire units from Stewartsville-Chamblissburg, Moneta and Bedford arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames, with the fire extending into the woods and an adjacent mobile home.

  • Students observe lawmaking firsthand

    By Mary Lee Clark
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND – For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.
        These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.