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Today's News

  • Arrington won’t seek reelection

        This time he means it; he really is going to give up his seat on the board of supervisors.
        “I am not going to seek reelection for a fourth term,” said District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington.
        Back at the end of 2013 Arrington announced he was resigning his position on the board of supervisors. But he never did step down.

  • Students clean up at D-Day

    e beach — and getting in serious trouble, — on spring break, a group of students from the University of Wisconsin spent their week off of class helping others.

        The 47 students , members of Students Today Leaders Forever, spent last Monday morning doing grounds clean-up at the National D-Day Memorial. It’s entirely student initiated and student led.
        Ruigi Yan, an English and Commercial Arts major, said these spring break tours are “pay it forward tours.”

  • Some parking fines going up in Bedford

        Some parking fines and late fees are going up in the town of Bedford, the result of action by Bedford Town Council at its last meeting.
        Parking tickets remain at $10 and offenders have an extra three days to pay the fine. But if they fail to pay in a timely matter, the fines will increase to $20.
        There are also significant increases in fees for illegally parking in fire lanes or in handicapped spots.

  • Man charged with abducting woman in Thaxton

        On Tuesday, March 31, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Roanoke County dispatcher advising they had received a call reporting a female had been abducted by gun point from the Thaxton area of Bedford County.
        The caller further advised that the suspect and victim were at a home in Vinton. Vinton Police responded to the address and located them.

  • Reeter to step down

        Mark Reeter has announced he is stepping down as Bedford County Administrator as of April 30.

  • Chamber honors local businesses

        Susan Martin, president of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, noted that attendance at the Chamber’s annual business awards dinner has grown to the point that it’s getting hard to find a venue big enough to accommodate the event.

        Thursday night’s dinner filled the Boonsboro Country Club’s dining room and an overflow crowd in another room watched via live video link.

  • The Burn Barrel Gang

    By Chappy Merritt

    Contributing Writer

        What started 28 years ago with a group of family and friends deciding to go camping and watch the races at Martinsville Speedway has evolved into at least a four time annual excursion to the track.
        The group attends both Sprint Cup races, the granddaddy of Late Model races in the fall, the July 4th celebration featuring noted country artists and other events when possible.

  • Honey Bee helps owner to safety

        Eight years ago, Elsie Hatcher’s son, Mark, and his family gave her a Golden Retriever puppy as a Christmas gift.

        “It was such a surprise,” Hatcher said.
        The puppy — Hatcher named her Honey Bee — was the last of her litter and Hatcher said her daughter-in-law chose that particular puppy because the way she sat made her look regal. Hatcher said Honey Bee is very good with her grandson and gets excited when he comes over. The boy plays with her.    

  • Lady Cavs seek repeat

     

    It’s tough when the act you have to follow is yourself.

    The Jefferson Forest girls’ soccer team, the crew that stormed its way to the State 4A finals last year, faces a tall order in trying to match that feat.

    In will be especially daunting, given the quality of the players which have moved on via graduation.  For starters, the Lady Cavs lost the Gatorade National Player of the Year in Katie Cousins.  Ouch!

    Also taking her sheepskin was all-time (boys and girls) school scoring leader Cassidy Ratliff.  Owee!

  • Bell tower renovation to start soon

        A full-scale renovation of the Bedford County Courthouse’s bell tower is expected to begin within 45 days, according to County Administrator Mark Reeter. The courthouse’s front will be enveloped in scaffolding.