Today's News

  • Eight charities benefit from home tour

    The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour passed out checks for $15,000 to eight charities last week.

        The money was raised during the annual home tour held over three days in early October. People purchased $25 tickets to tour the interiors of elegant lake area houses volunteered by their owners. Eight houses were on this year’s tour.

        According to Marty Bowers, chairman of the home tour’s board, 1,800 people purchased tickets.

  • Bedford Postmaster retires after 30 years

    May Massie retired Friday after 30 years with the United States Postal service.

        Massie, a Big Island native, has been Bedford’s postmaster since 2001. Her postal career has kept her in this area and included a tour of duty as Big Island’s postmaster.

  • Museum honors volunteers

    The Bedford Museum held a luncheon Nov. 13 to honor its volunteers.

        “It’s just actually a token of our appreciation to those who volunteer at the museum,” said Annie Pollard, chairman of the museum’s board.

        Pollard said that volunteers provide wide range of skills to the museum ranging from computer skills to providing information for books on Bedford area history that the museum produces.

        One current project is scanning ledger books to create digital images.

  • Training nursing assistants

    Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) has a program that helps fill a healthcare need.

  • Keeping in style

    A customer at a Bedford beauty salon liked the place so much that she bought it.

        Kathy Grigg had been a customer of Hair Then and Now, located on South Bridge Street, for five years when she learned that it was up for sale. She and her husband, David, bought it in July.

        Grigg, who said she first started coming for facials, said that salon provided a full array of services and was constantly coming up with new offerings.

  • Being fiscally fit means the schools can help students be physically fit

    Two million dollars.

        That’s how much extra money the Bedford County School Board has to work with this year, money saved from the Jefferson Forest and Staunton River High School construction projects. Getting those two projects completed ahead of schedule is a bonus; having them come in under budget is truly something to be thankful for — especially in these tight financial times.

        Now the question becomes: What to do with that money?

  • Just a wrong-headed liberal

        While there are many things we don’t know about President-elect Barack Obama, there is one thing I know, and one thing I’m pretty sure of.


  • The end of an era

        “The conservative era is over.”

        As much pleasure as it gives me to see, read, and hear those words, I can’t claim them for myself.

        They came from none other than Pat Buchanan, the former Nixon aide who spoke them on television on the night of the election.

        He is, of course, right. Conservatism, and its longtime home, the Republican Party, is out of power at all the top levels of our national government, and seems likely to be so for quite some time.

  • A tribute to Bedford Veterans

    In this month of November, with Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to remember, pay tribute, and extend thanks to all from Bedford County who have ever served in our country’s armed forces.

        Throughout Bedford County’s history, its citizens have been patriotic in peacetime and in war. Bedford County men have fought and died in nearly every major war of America.

  • Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their coverage in November and December

    Starting November 15th, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to make changes in their health and prescription drug coverage for 2009.  The Medicare annual open enrollment season for Part D prescription drug plans runs from November 15 through December 31, 2008.