Today's News

  • The cost of abortion on demand

        Back in the 1950s a young woman named Joanne Schieble was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. While there, she became romantically involved with another graduate student, a PhD candidate from Syria. The relationship turned sexual and, in 1954, she got pregnant.

        Her father did not approve of the man she was involved with, so she didn’t marry him at the time. She temporarily left school, went to San Francisco and stayed there until she gave birth. She then gave the baby boy up for adoption.

  • Facility puts area on cutting edge of nuclear technology

        If you drive out to the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) in New London, one of the first sites that catches your eye is a 117-foot tall tower. What’s inside is helping to put Bedford County on the cutting edge of nuclear power.

  • Voter cards are out; voter turnout may be low

        New voter cards have been sent out, according to Barbara Gunter, the county registrar.

  • Planning commission denies rezoning request for shooting range

    After three hours worth of public hearings and discussion, the Bedford County Planning Commission made one decision concerning a shooting range on Va. 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road) and postponed making a second one.

  • Medicare Part D has changed; enrollment underway

        Open enrollment for Medicare Part D began this past Saturday and there are folks in the Bedford area who are ready to help people navigate the process. Part D is Medicare’s prescription drug program.

        According to Geoff Hubbard, chairman of the local parish nurse board of directors, Part D is always provided by a private company. There are currently about 30 programs that people can chose from.

  • Bomb threat at JF leads to evacuation

        A message, found at Jefferson Forest High School Monday morning, threatening to blow up the school led to the evacuation of the school.

        According to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman, school administrators became aware of the bomb threat shortly before 9 a.m. and evacuated the school. Sheriff’s deputies, along with school administrators conducted a visual search of the school. This was followed up with a search by bomb sniffing dogs.

  • Panel takes on bullying

        Bullying has been a problem in public schools for generations. Today, technology is providing school administrators with new tools in their efforts to deal with bullies.

        “The majority of the buses in Bedford County’s fleet have cameras,” said Andy Bliss, assistant principal at Forest Middle School. Bliss spoke last month as part of a panel discussion hosted by Smith Mountain Lake Friends of the Moneta Library.
        According to Bliss, the newest cameras can hold 32 days worth of video.

  • She's an inspiration to many

    Minnie Comer is an inspiration to many.

        And for good reason.
        At the age of 92, the Body Camp woman isn't about to stop learning. That's why every Monday and Wednesday she shows up at the Bedford Science and Technology Center to attend GED preparation classes.
        “She is so motivated,” stated Patsy Arnold Martin, instructional coordinator for Adult Education for Bedford County Public Schools, about Comer.

  • GED can bring added opportunities

        Within a few years, 70 percent of job openings in Virginia will require a technical skills certificate, which requires a high school diploma or GED credential.

  • Customers still eating out at restaurants

        Restaurants are a local bright spot in the economy, and meals tax revenue shows that to be true.

        According to Rosie Jordan, Bedford’s director of fiscal management, meals tax revenue is down  by just 1 percent in the first quarter of the new fiscal year, which began on July 1, compared to the same time last year.
        “This is a decrease, but not that much,” Jordan said.
        This amounts to a drop of $1,700.