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Today's News

  • Biosolids editorial fails to tell both sides

    While last week’s editorial on biosolids allowed that there are “two sides to this story,” the writer then proceeded to tell only one side—the one opposed to the recycling of biosolids as a fertilizer and soil amendment for farms and forestlands.

    The editorial cited only sections of a recent Associated Press story to raise alarm about the land application of biosolids, while ignoring other sections, other court decisions and years of scientific research and experience that demonstrate the safety and benefits of biosolids recycling.

  • Letters

    Work with system

    I would like to respond to the article written by Pattie Davidson in the Bedford Bulletin in which she stated Big Island responded to an emergency call in the Bedford area and that we need a more modern paid first responder system. Personally, I don't think anyone would argue with her statement. Until that time comes we need to work with the system we now have in place.

  • Overdue immigration reform

    The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom. However, we are also a nation of laws and illegal immigration mocks these laws and our entire system of justice.

  • Democrat's budget will hurt low-income Americans

    Re-instituting the Marriage Tax Penalty, (meaning that a married couple will pay more than two single persons living together); increasing the capital gains rate; increasing the tax on dividends; decreasing the child tax credit; increasing the “death tax;” and raising the marginal tax rates are among the objectionable provisions in Fiscal Year 2009 budget that Democrats in the House of Representatives are proposing.

  • Planning Commission considers Bunker Hill zoning

    Bedford County's planning commissioners finally have a solution to the old Bunker Hill plant that they can live with.

    Last year, Howard Noel bought the old plant with the goal of using it for commercial purposes. The problem is that it's in an AP (agricultural preserve) zone. Its commercial use had been grandfathered when the zoning ordinance was adopted in 1998, but it's been vacant long enough that the grandfathered status was now in question.

  • April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

    Bedford's Mayor Skip Tharp has signed a proclamation declaring April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in Bedford. This is a disease that afflicts 1.5 million Americans, including Dave Ballard, who founded the Bedford Parkinson's Disease Support Group.

  • Holy Land to hold sunrise service

    A newly refurbished Holy Land USA is set to welcome people to a sunrise service Easter morning.

    The service is scheduled for 7 a.m. and will include special music, a message and refreshments. Mike Cutler, Holy Land's general manager, said that the service is scheduled so that people will have plenty of time to get to their own churches' Sunday morning services afterwards.

    "We work to compliment the local church," said Cutler.

  • For safety's sake

    Schools in the city of Bedford joined the city and the rest of the Commonwealth in a tornado drill yesterday. The city has a community warning siren and tested it at 9:45 a.m.

    According to William Crumpacker, the city's emergency management planner, the siren is designed to warn people who may be outside to take shelter. The siren sounds for three minutes with a high and low tone. A three minute constant tone serves as the all clear signal. Schools in the city are equipped with a radio that is activated with the siren.

  • County may offer online school

    In an effort to bring homeschool students ? and their state provided school fund money ? back into the public education fold, the Bedford County School Board is considering offering an online school to the county's 550 students currently educated at home.

    Originally set as an action item for last Thursday, the school board moved the proposal to an informational item in order to have time to consider the proposal before taking a vote. The proposal was first brought up to the board during a budget work session earlier this year.

  • Hotel proposal moves ahead

    Action by Bedford County's planning commission, Monday, cleared the way for a hotel/conference center to be built near the National D-Day Memorial.

    Nearly all the hotel's site is in the city limits and Bedford's zoning for that area allows the hotel as a use by right. A half acre of the site, however, is in Bedford County and that part is zoned AR (agricultural/residential). Norris Blanks, the hotel's developer, asked for it to be rezoned C-2 (general commercial).