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Today's News

  • Susie Gibson reunion

    Last week, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp signed a proclamation honoring the sixth all-class reunion of Susie G. Gibson High School.

    Now the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC), Susie G. Gibson High School was built in 1954 as the Bedford Area's segregated black high school. It graduated its first class in 1955 and its last in 1970. It produced a total of 852 graduates during its 16 years.

    "We always give credit to our only principal, John I. Jones," said Harriet Hurt, Class of '65.

    Ami Watson, Class of '61, recalls meeting Jones some years after graduating.

  • BCEA seeks 5% raise commitment for next three years

    Over the next couple of months, representatives from the Bedford County Education Association hope to make their case for higher salaries for Bedford County teachers.

    What's at stake, the BCEA claims, is the future of education in the county.

    "There are people who are starting to look elsewhere," states Fred Glover, BCEA president, on the salaries being offered by Bedford County in relation to other school districts.

    What the BCEA will be asking for is a commitment from the county for a 5 percent raise for teachers, for each of the next three years.

  • School system trims expenses to cover shortfall, cleanup

    A $1.4 million shortfall in state funds, along with a $216,000 bill for MRSA cleanup, has the Bedford County School administration and School Board looking for ways to cut expenses.

    A report to the School Board earlier this month by School Director of Finance Randy Hagler noted that state sales tax revenue is expected to fall some $500,000 short of budget projections while the state revenue based on average daily membership is down some $900,000.

  • KBBC presents awards

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission (KBBC), at an awards dinner this month, honored individuals and organizations that have performed noteworthy accomplishments to improve the city's appearance.

    The Volunteerism Award went to the Shepherd's Table. Although this organization's work doesn't affect the city's appearance, its volunteers make a difference for many people in the community. They serve 100 meals a day, aiming to help people in tight circumstances.

  • New Christian middle school plans to open next fall in Lake area

    A new Christian school serving the Lake area is in the works to begin holding classes next fall.

    A "town hall" meeting on the school, Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy, will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., at Radford Baptist Church. This will be the second informational meeting held about the school in an effort for organizers to answer questions from area residents.

    The first meeting, held earlier this month at Halesford Baptist Church, drew about 55 area residents.

  • Letters to the editor

    Time to move forward

    The election is behind us now and it is time to move forward. The decisions of who our leaders will be as been made. Although I am disappointed in the results, I was proud to have been apart of this time honored, time tested "American" process. Congratulations to Mike Brown, Lacey Putney, and the other candidates who ran contested races and won. We now entrust the next four years to you.

  • Allies in the fight for freedom

    Last week, newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed a Joint Session of Congress during his first official visit to Washington. Upon his election in May of this year, President Sarkozy immediately reached out to the United States, signaling his desire to end the tension that has existed between our two countries for several years.

  • Fight against amnesty for illegals imperative

    Although I believe that the estimates are low, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) now says that there are at least 13 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

    Getting an exact count of the illegals is difficult, because they are not registered anywhere as being illegal. However, the U. S. Census Bureau estimated that there were 8.7 million illegals in this country when the census was taken in 2000, and immigration officials say that the illegal population grows by a half-million each year.

  • Outrage against the war increasing

    As the 2008 presidential race approaches the very serious month of January, the candidates involved just got some more information: a record 68 percent of Americans now oppose the Iraq war and our continued occupation of that country.

    This is certainly not good news for Republicans, who - except for Ron Paul - just don?t have the guts to take on the president?s policy. John McCain, who ought to know better, has been utterly shameful in his defense of this Iraq disaster. McCain says that ?the liberal media? isn?t telling the truth about how the ?surge? in Iraq is working.

  • 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.