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Today's News

  • Republicans tarnished their brand

    There's a story that explains why Virginia's state elections don't fall on the same year as federal elections.

    According to this story, Harry Byrd, a former governor who also once ran the Democratic Party machine that, in turn ran Virginia, was not happy with the national Democratic Party. In order to avoid having his Democrats associated with national Democrats, he arranged for Virginia's state elections to fall on odd numbered years. He was afraid that an association with the national party would cost his party votes in state elections.

  • Owning up to our mistakes

    When we make a mistake, or do something wrong, we should never compound that wrong by failing to own up to the mistake.

    A letter I received a week ago from Tiffaney Orange certainly points that out. I'll let the letter speak for itself.

    Here it is:

    What if it were a child?

    It was already enough devastation that on Monday of last week, my mother had to come home to find her cocker spaniel, "Heidi" lying dead on her basement floor; a perfectly healthy dog that took ill, and within a weekend's worth of time died...

  • Remembering their service

    The response to the question was telling.

    At a Veterans Day event at Bedford Middle School Monday, one speaker asked the students and staff of the school to stand if they had a relative serving in the military.

    An overwhelming majority in the audience stood.

    Sometimes we forget just how many folks are daily serving to keep our nation free. And sometimes we forget how many that service touches along the way.

    Monday was a chance for this nation to mark that remembrance. Across this area, as well as across the nation, events were held to honor veterans' service.

  • D-Day Memorial salutes veterans

    Although Veterans Day fell on Sunday, the holiday was marked on Monday as government offices closed.

    It was a beautiful day for the National D-Day Memorial to celebrate the service of those who have worn or still wear the uniforms of our armed forces. It was sunny, with a light breeze and temperatures in the 60s as children from Bedford Elementary School, dressed in white shirts and black pants, sang a selection of songs for people gathered in the plaza below. Students from Staunton River Middle School passed thank-you letters to veterans of all services.

  • Voter turnout average

    Voter turnout for last week's election was average for a state and local election that does not feature a gubernatorial candidate.

    Voter turnout in Bedford County was 31 percent.

    "It's pretty much our norm," commented Barbara Gunter, the county's registrar.

    In the city, 37 percent of all registered voters came to the polls. City Registrar Randi Herrick said that this is the same percentage the city saw in the 2003 election, a comparable election year.

  • How to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner

    As Thanksgiving approaches, cooking the traditional turkey dinner gives rise to all the wonderful smells and sounds of the holiday season: friends and families gathering together, renewing old acquaintances, and lots of cooking and eating wonderful foods, including the turkey feast with all the trimmings that have become the focal point of our Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Middle School honors veterans

    Bedford Middle School took time out Monday to honor this community's veterans with its "Take a Veteran to School Day."

    Several local veterans participated in the event, including Robert Monk, the school's resource officer, who also was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Monk served as the emcee for the program.

  • Accident injures work crew

    Two members of a city of Bedford work crew repairing a water line break were injured Monday night when a car struck one of the men and rammed into the back of their dump truck.

    Johnny Cash, 31, was airlifted to Lynchburg General Hospital Monday with injuries to his arm, according to Bedford Police Captain Stephen Rizzuto. He remained at the hospital Tuesday morning.

  • From a Gold Star Mother

    Editor's note: Debra Booth was recently asked by the Boston Globe to write an essay from a "Gold Star Mother" for Veterans Day.Gold Star Mothers are those mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of this country. Last October, Booth's son, Josh, was killed while serving in Iraq. He was buried here in Bedford. Since Bedford and Virginia were mentioned throughout in her essay, she thought she would share it with us. We're glad she did.

  • Industrial park gets first resident

    The New London Business and Technology Center, located on U. S. 460, is getting its first resident.

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the Innovative Wireless Technologies new facility. The $5.6 million project is expected to create 50 new high tech jobs in the area over the next several years. According to Deputy Secretary of Trade David Smith, the high tech company could have gone to North Carolina or Pennsylvania.