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Today's News

  • FMS student wins Bedford County Spelling Bee

    Jake Richardson might want to spend some time studying  menus from area restaurants before the upcoming regional Spelling Bee in Roanoke.

        A year ago Jake was eliminated from the Bedford County Division Spelling Bee after missing the word “chimichanga.” This year, en route to becoming Bedford County’s top speller, he correctly spelled “anchovy,” though his Dad thought he’d missed it.

  • Former teacher pleads in case

    A former Staunton River High School teacher will serve seven months in prison for a sexual relationship he had with a 16-year-old student on school property in 2005.

        David Allen Cherry, 39, of Forest was found guilty Monday in Bedford County Circuit Court by Judge James Updike of seven misdemeanor charges of  contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the case. Cherry entered Alford pleas to the charges which mean he accepts the guilty verdict in his own best interest while not conceding his guilt in the case.

  • Authorities urge parents to be informed, involved

     A recent incident in which a 21-year-old man traveled to Bedford county to allegedly run off with a 13-year-old girl illustrates the dark side of the Internet, local authorities state.

  • Letters

    Thanks to Rick

        My first move when the Bedford Bulletin arrives is to open to the editorial page and read Rick Howell’s column. He does such a great job of demonstrating the ridiculous thought processes of today’s liberals. This week in the Feb. 4th issue he practically gushed defending the pork, oops sorry, “special interest” provisions in this “spend our budget into oblivion” bill.

  • The sad truth about the Internet is that predators are always prowling

    Over the years Operation Blue Ridge Thunder has taken its share of criticism. In fact, during the last sheriff’s race, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown was often taken to task by claims from opponents that he brought criminals into the community through the effort, because of the nature of the program. Last week’s events in Bedford County should put a halt to such talk.

  • We can’t afford to delay the digital TV transition

    By now just about everyone knows about the digital TV transition.  Three years ago Congress passed legislation setting a hard deadline for television stations to stop broadcasting their signal in analog format.  This transition from analog to digital, known as the Digital TV (DTV) transition, was scheduled to take place on February 17, 2009.  However, this last week Congress passed short-sighted legislation which delays the upcoming DTV transition for four months.

  • Time to file claims for 2008 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2007 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2009. 

  • Anthony Poindexter

    This week the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library continues to honor those that are making history today.

        Bedford is proud of Anthony Poindexter  who has been Defensive Backs Coach for the football team at the University of Virginia for eight years. He was raised in Forest and attended elementary school at New London Academy. He graduated from Jefferson Forest High School and majored in anthropology at University of Virginia, graduating in 1999.

  • Virginia must have balanced budget every year

        We’re approaching the midway point of the 2008 session, commonly known as “crossover.”  Before Valentine’s Day arrives, both the House and the Senate will have completed work on all the bills submitted by their own members, and also will have approved their respective versions of amendments to Virginia’s biennial budget.

  • A stunning new unemployment rate

        From where I live in Roanoke I can hear the factory whistle blow several times a day. It produces a lonely wail first at 7 a.m., at noon and 12:30 p.m. for the lunch break, and then at 3 p.m. for the end of first shift.

        My son and I have passed the factory many times as we’ve walked to the Roanoke River. We never knew what the initials “FWC” stood for. Recently, I saw familiar footage of the factory grounds on television.