Today's News

  • Town Meeting

        I will be having my quarterly Town Meeting on Saturday, April 14 at the Moneta Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  I’ll be very glad to have you stop by with any questions or comments you may have.

  • Politics amidst all the pollen

    Spring has sprung, as they say, and most of us are swimming through a veritable ocean of pollen. But it’s a small price to pay for lots of warm sunshine and the birth of new green grass.
        This time of year means baseball. Those of us who follow the Chicago Cubs can again feel hope that this just might be the year for a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908, and hasn’t played in one since 1945.
        That hope generally lasts until about mid-May or early June. But we’ll see…

  • An appalling world view

        Rick Howell certainly did an outstanding job, in last week’s The Liberal Agenda, of proving my contention that liberals loath our armed forces.
        Apparently, in Liberal World, American soldiers don’t have legal rights. Mr. Howell is quite perturbed that Staff Sergeant Robert Bales’ trial on multiple murder charges is going to take a long time.
        “We’re just not in a rush to convict American soldiers of much of anything, are we?” Mr. Howell wrote.

  • The numbers don't lie

    Arlington    $18,548
    Alexandria    18,349
    Surry        17,521
    Highland    16,844
    Falls Church    16,758
    Charlottesville    16,246
    Sussex        15,868
    King and Queen    13,918
    Bath        13,757    
    Charles City    13,321
    Richmond    13,040

  • Former contractor now seeks to build local church’s outreach

        John Neff used to build buildings. Now, he’s building a church and a new outreach ministry.

        Neff was president and chief executive officer of Nielsen Inc, a building contractor in Harrisonburg. But several years ago, that changed.
        “In 2005 I sensed a call to the ministry,” he said.

  • Self-checkout comes to Bedford

        A self-checkout system that has been used successfully at the Forest Library for five years has now come to the Bedford Central Library.

        According to Peggy Bias, the Forest Library was the first in the county’s library system to have it.
        “We decided to use it at Forest first because activity was so busy there,” Bias said. “People had to wait in line.”

  • Public hearing draws few people

        A public hearing on the upcoming Bedford County budget that contains no tax increases drew a sparse response Monday night. The hearing, held at Bedford Science and Technology Center, left the large auditorium nearly empty with only a few dozen people in attendance.
        “Again this board is faced with the difficult task of creating a balanced budget with decreased funding that has surpassed the local ability to meet budget needs and mandates,” said Becky Griffith, speaking from prepared notes.

  • Story leads to contact for Bedford Pregnancy Center

    The Bedford Pregnancy Center is happy with its new home.

        Located in a renovated house directly across East Main Street from The Bedford Columns, the Center is centrally located and easy to find. The Pregnancy Center actually moved in on Nov. 14, according to Lori Lewis, the Center’s director but work remained to tailor the building to their specific needs. Supporters of the Pregnancy Center got a tour of the finished effort after a fundraising dinner, on March 24, which raised $40,000.

  • Hughes guilty of involuntary manslaughter

        One of two men charged in connection with a Huddleston shootout last August that left one woman dead, now stands convicted of those charges, following a plea hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.
        Joshua Lewis Hughes, 28, of Monroe entered no contest pleas to involuntary manslaughter and brandishing a firearm, charges that stemmed from the Aug. 11 shootout in which 25-year-old Audrey Michelle Bryan was killed.
        Sentencing in the case has been set for June 8; Hughes remains free on bond.

  • Students take stand against bullying

    Bullying took center stage at last week’s Bedford County School Board meeting as several students and parents spoke about the issue, asking for the school system to do more to combat offenders.
        They hope the school system will implement a bullying prevention program.
         Camy Mullins, a junior at Staunton River High School, said she was bullied by a group of girls as a sophomore at the school. She said an effort by administrators to have the parties “talk” through their differences didn’t work.