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Today's News

  • County adopts broadband plan

        After three years of discussions, the Bedford County Broadband Authority voted to accept a plan presented by George Condyles, of Atlantic Technology Consultants, to expand broadband availability in the county.

  • Local businessman opens firearms shop

        A new gun shop in Forest, Elk Creek Sporting and Precision Gun Smithing, combines firearms sales and gunsmithing.

  • Debt of gratitude

        In honor of Law Enforcement Month, a dogwood tree was planted in front of the sheriff’s office last week. The tree honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

  • It’s been like home

        For Rhetta Watkins, Bedford Middle School has been home.

        And as she thinks of retiring, it isn’t always easy.
        “I have been blessed,” she said of her 20 years as principal at BMS. “It’s bitter sweet (to leave).”

  • School Board adopts revised budget

        The Bedford County School Board adopted its budget for the 2018-2019 school year at a special called meeting Thursday evening. During the meeting school board members trimmed the budget to fit within the state and local funding it expects to receive.
        This was not a budget cut. The $104.4 million budget still represents a $2 million increase over last year’s budget. It doesn’t reflect a reduction of funding from the board of supervisors, either. The local transfer is .3 percent higher than last year.

  • BIA to hold service for Bedford Boys

        The Bedford International Alliance will conduct a short service at the Greenwood and Oakwood Cemeteries on Monday May 28 to honor the fallen Bedford Boys who were laid to rest at home.
        The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. (rain or shine) at which time the members of the BIA will place a flower and flag on each of the graves.

  • What Memorial Day is about

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Sorrow so deep that it can be seen but not said.  “Strong men grasped each other’s hand, none able to express their sympathy to the bereft except by look.”  A tide of sorrow swept over the small village, a silence of sadness breached only by the occasional “outburst of anguish from some broken-hearted mother, wife, or friend.”

  • Israel murders Palestinians

        It was a disgusting spectacle last week in Jerusalem, where Israeli jets were killing Palestinian protesters even as Trump-supporting, “end times” so-called Christian pastors were “celebrating” the move of the U.S. Embassy to that contested city.
        No previous responsible president would ever make that decision, because they knew it would cause violence and death. At last count, more than 60 Palestinians were killed by Israel. It was said that you could hear the jets in the air as the crazy preachers spoke.

  • Trump made a good decision

        President Donald Trump made a wise decision when he decided to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. The deal that Barack Obama foolishly made with Iran did not hold Iran’s nuclear program in check. What it did was put a temporary hold on Iran’s nuclear program.

  • Memorial Day observance Monday at 11 a.m.

        “Remembering Their Sacrifice: A Memorial Day Observance” will be held this Monday, May 28 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

        Admission is free from 10 a.m. – noon, with the ceremony at 11 a.m.