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Today's News

  • The party of ‘no’ wants control

    There’s great drama everywhere as mid-term elections come down to the wire. Even “the average voter” may just be paying attention.
        The national Republican Party – intimidated by “tea party” fanatics and bitterly opposed to the president – has set its sights on control of the U.S. Senate.

  • Like herding rattlesnakes

        So far it seems like one of the few wise foreign policy decisions President Barack Obama has made was the decision to stay out of the conflict in Ukraine, including the decision to not supply heavy weapons to the government in Kiev. As things stand now, a fragile cease fire is still holding and Russian troops are pulling back from the Ukrainian border. There also seems to be progress on an agreement on the resumption of sales of Russian natural gas to Ukraine.

  • Ag strategic plan unveiled

    Region 2000’s Local Government Council has developed a strategic plan for agriculture and forestry.
        According to Scott Baker, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for Bedford County, it took two years to develop the plan. The Virginia Cooperative Extension was deeply involved in developing the plan.
        “They knew we had a pretty good feel for agricultural needs,” Baker said.

  • Foundation helps library system

        With state budget shortfalls, and looming cuts on the horizon, the Bedford Public Library System Foundation wants to remind folks that it exists.

  • ICAC: 16 years of catching sexual predators

    Sheriff Mike Brown hosted a celebration for the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force earlier this month. It marked 16 years of catching sexual predators who use the Internet to find victims.

  • HEBRUZ opens in Bedford

        The century-old bank building — the place with four white columns across Main Street from the County Administration building — is now the home of Bedford's newest coffee shop.

        Lorenza and Leah Coles opened Hebruz in the building last week, on Oct. 14. They plan a grand opening in November.

  • Businesses partner with schools

    Everybody shops for groceries. Math Night, sponsored by Bedford's Food Lion, gave children from Montvale Elementary School the chance to see how the math they are learning in school works in the real world.

  • Living within the community

        “We want to make a living within, not off, the community,” said Centra Health’s CEO E. W. Tibbs.
        Tibbs was speaking to a joint meeting of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council Monday night. He was there to give the two elected bodies an update following Centra’s assuming full ownership of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • Threat leads to lockdown at SRHS; arrest made in JFHS threat from last week

        Both Staunton River High School (SRHS) and Staunton River Middle School were placed on lockdown last Wednesday morning after a threatening message was found inside one of the high school’s buildings, according to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman.
        Edwards said the middle school was placed on lockdown as a precaution. He said sheriff’s deputies surrounded the perimeter of the high school and a full investigation took place

  • Tower lease transferred

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to transfer a tower lease to Region 2000. The tower will be part of the regional radio system the county participates in.
        According to County Attorney Carl Boggess, the tower was leased by Bedford County in 1997 as part of the original regional radio system. However, the tower was never actually used and Bedford County, for that reason, isn’t paying any lease money.