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Today's News

  • Bedford nurse wins first Region 2000 geriatric award

    A nurse at Oakwood Manor has received Region 2000's first Outstanding Geriatric Nursing Professional award.

    According to a Region 2000 press release, the award is given to the nursing professional who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve the aging population. The winner was nominated and selected by a panel of peers.

    Joanne Goding, the winner, has been a nurse for 41 years. According to Harriet Hurt, her supervisor, she has a natural love for all people, especially the elderly.

  • Planning commission weighs in on cell tower requests

    Two cell tower requests elicited different responses from a bare quorum of the Bedford County Planning Commission.

    District 1 Planning Commissioner Rick Crockett, District 6 Planning Commissioner Robin Hartman and District 3 Planning Commissioner Steve Wilkerson were absent. Both cell tower requests were from AT&T and, according to Mike Pace, the attorney representing the company, are needed to complete its network.

  • Real estate tax rate won't increase in city

    Following some funding cuts to outside agencies, Bedford City Council passed a budget last week that eliminated a proposed increase to the real estate tax rate.

    Council was considering raising the real estate tax rate by 3 cents, but the approved budget keeps the rate at 81 cents per $100 of valuation. Most outside agencies, however, will see their funding cut by 50 percent. Also eliminated from the budget was a proposed $1 increase to the city refuse collection fee.

  • Volunteer opportunities vary in times and tasks

    This monthly column highlights volunteer opportunities available through area non-profit organizations.

    The information is provided through the efforts of the Bedford Community Health Foundation. To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292, between 8 a.m. and noon.

  • Commentary--The Star Mangled Banner

    I blame Whitney Houston.

    Having witnessed yet another flagellation of the National Anthem, I can bite my tongue no longer. We have sunk to the level where we find it perfectly acceptable to allow the wanton butchering of the song that is supposed to be the one piece of music that we, as a people, have in common. Francis Scott Key did not intend his masterpiece to be countrified, romanticized, urbanized or salsasized.

  • JAKES doing its part for local youth

    If we're going to see continued appreciation for outdoor activities, particularly hunting and fishing, we will need those sports to be embraced by our youth.

    Bedford's James River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is certainly doing its part. Recently, the chapter hosted a JAKES youth event Saturday May 31. JAKES is an outreach program of the NWTF and stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship.

  • Falls, White win Grand Awards

    Student-athletes from across the county saw their efforts pay off when the Bedford Rotary Club presented its 13th annual awards last Tuesday evening.

    The event, which was held at the Liberty High School auditorium showcased numerous athletes from all three high schools in 21 distinct sports.

    The Grand Awards, given to the top male and female scholar athletes of the year, were also presented.

  • We must commit to military spending

    Now than Barack Obama is the "Democrats'" presumptive nominee, he's changing his tune. The day after the last "Democratic" primaries, Obama addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Council, a pro-Israel lobby.

    Obama told this organization, "The danger from Iran is grave and real and my goal will be to eliminate this threat." He also said he would never take the military option off the table.

  • Wishing our graduates all the best

    Senior after senior crossed the threshold Saturday from high school student to graduate ? some 700 total in Bedford County.

    Each leaves their respective schools with different memories. Each enters the next phase of their life with varying expectations and dreams.

    To the success they celebrated Saturday, we offer our congratulations. To the future they now embrace we add our hopes for success. To the the journey that's ahead we say: "Don't waste this opportunity."

  • Thanks to our D-Day veterans

    Some 40 veterans spent June 6, 2008, in Bedford commemorating the 64th anniversay of the D-Day assault. There's not as many of these heroes left this year. Each year takes a few more of them away.

    But their legacy lives on, way beyond their years. The freedoms they fought for, we now enjoy. The sacrifices they made we must always salute. The price that they paid we must never forget.

    To each of them, and to all the military men who have served and are now serving, we give our thanks.