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Today's News

  • Race makes the right so uncomfortable

    I’m always glad to give John Barnhart material for his “Conservatively Speaking” column. I sometimes think that if I didn’t, he’d have a hard time producing one most weeks.
        My column on the Michael Brown shooting certainly got a visceral reaction from some quarters. Barnhart’s predictable and knee-jerk response (pardon the redundancy) was expected.

  • It’s election time!

        It’s that time of year again! It’s election time! In less than eight weeks, Americans will head off to the polls to make the vital decision of who will fill seats and the House of Representatives and the Senate. All house seats are up for reelection as well as a third of Senate seats. In Virginia, Senator Mark Warner is being challenged by Ed Gillespie.

  • Be aware: Drive smart

    With temperatures coming down, it’s getting to be perfect weather for bicyclists, runners and those who just want a simple stroll to take to the streets and sidewalks.
        It’s a great chance to get some exercise, but everyone needs to be safe.
        September is Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month and DRIVE SMART Virginia and the Virginia Bicycling Federation have joined forces to make the roads safe for everyone who is out on them. The campaign encourages mutual respect on Virginia roadways.

  • County SOL math scores improve

        Bedford County students posted significant gains on mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests during the 2013-2014 school year.
        The new tests were first introduced three years ago and students across the state are making gains, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported last week.

  • Pair enter pleas to grand larceny charges

        Josey Ray Edwards, 25, and Angelina Delores Brooks, 31, both from Amherst, were found guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court of grand larceny on Tuesday.
        Brooks pleaded guilty to the charge while Edwards entered a no contest plea. A no contest plea means that the defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees that there is enough evidence to convict him.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Rogers leaving to become administrator in Campbell County

        Bedford Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers is moving next door.

        He takes the helm as Campbell County’s county administrator on Oct. 1. This completes exactly nine years of service with Bedford County. He came here as assistant county administrator in September, 2005. During the year between former county administrator Kathleen Guzi’s departure in 2012 and current county administrator Mark Reeter’s arrival a year later, Rogers served as interim county administrator.

  • Master taxidermist opens shop in Moneta

        A desire to be near his aging parents induced Marty VandeLinde to move his taxidermy business from Charlottesville to Moneta.

  • Elks Home sale official

        The Elks National Home is now officially English Meadows Elks Home Campus.
        Mike Williams and Steve Orndorff, who own and operate English Meadows, an assisted living facility in Christiansburg, purchased the Elks National Home last year and closing was originally scheduled for the end of last year. The two have run the facility in Christiansburg for six years.
        Williams said the process turned out to be longer than they expected.