Today's News

  • The best kept secret in Bedford

    This may be one of the best kept secrets in Bedford.

        The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) has an Unemployment Express office in Bedford. It’s in the old Winn-Dixie plaza. There’s no signage on Blue Ridge Avenue indicating its presence, but it’s there. It has a pale green sign that isn’t particularly noticeable. You actually have to get close to it to read the sign. What’s inside are people determined to do whatever it takes to help people get jobs.

  • Judge rules against school system

    During a meeting April 29, the Bedford County School Board agreed to appeal a decision made by U.S. District Court Judge Norman Moon that the district failed to provide a former student with learning disabilities a “free and appropriate education.”

  • Seven seek GOP nod to face Perriello

    Six men and one woman are vying for the GOP nod to try to unseat 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello in November. The Republicans will select their candidate during a primary on June 8.

        Profiles on each of the primary candidates follow.

    Kenneth Boyd

  • 28-year-old woman charged with beating 77-year-old boyfriend with cane

    A Goode woman has been arrested for wounding a 77-year-old man last week.

        At 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, Bedford County deputies were dispatched to a disturbance call at 1629 Rock Haven Road in Goode.

  • Leaving his mark

    The fact that President Obama selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan — a liberal reflecting his political stance — to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens should come as no surprise. For all the handwringing over legislation that has been introduced over the past 18 months, the President’s opportunity to appoint SC justices provides the opportunity for him to leave his greatest legacy.

  • Students learn about litter’s impact on wildlife

    The children at Bedford Elementary School got a chance to see something that most of us never see — an opossum. A live ‘possum, not one squished on the side of the road.

        The presentation was sponsored by the Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission (KBBC) and Quinn Robinson, an environmental educator with the Wildlife Center of Virginia brought three live creatures for the children to see.

  • Letters

    Trail should be handicap


        This year at Liberty High School the Agriculture Department developed a nature trail. I believe that the nature trail is a good idea because it allows students to learn outside the  classroom. However, when building the trail they did not take into consideration that individuals with physical disabilities cannot access the nature trail.

  • Automatic pay raises for Congress blocked

    I am committed to increased accountability and transparency in government, and pleased to report that we took two important steps forward in this direction last week in Congress.

  • Ensuring the safety of our citizens

    Over the weekend a man with ties to the Taliban drove an SUV loaded with home-made bombs into Times Square in the heart of New York City.  Thanks in large part to two very observant street vendors, the local authorities rushed to the scene where they found the smoking car that contained two five-gallon containers of gasoline, three twenty-gallon propane tanks, 152 M-88 fireworks, two alarm clocks connected to wires and a metal gun locker filled with 250 pounds of fertilizer.  Authorities were able to dismantle the contents of the SUV, preventing what had the potential to be a very

  • TRICARE benefits nowprotected under health care reform law

    Since the enactment of the health care reform law, there has been considerable confusion surrounding its effects on military health care programs. I am pleased to share with you that on April 26, 2010 the President signed into law legislation that I introduced to fully protect TRICARE and other military health care programs for service members, veterans, and their families under the newly enacted health care reform law.