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Today's News

  • ‘End times’ obsessions don’t justify Trump

        Last week, I wrote about the residents of a small Alabama town filled with white Trump supporters who resented the civil rights movement, obsessed over abortion, and regarded Trump’s election as “God’s plan.”
        By their own words, townspeople revealed their prejudice (“slaves were valued”), their hatred of Hillary Clinton, referred to as “of Satan,” and something else: Their obsession with what’s commonly known in fundamentalist Christian circles as “the end times.”

  • Renovating a town

        We frequently see buildings renovated, but Bedford is looking at plans to renovate a town. At least they plan to renovate the downtown area.
        Back in May, Mary Zirkle, the town’s economic development coordinator, held a well-attended public meeting with a representative from Hill Studio of Roanoke.  Hill Studio is an urban planning firm. The goal was to get citizen input for a project called School-to-School, a plan to revitalize the center of Bedford.

  • Education on the cutting edge

        On Monday, Liberty Middle School officially opens to students.
        Parents and students can get a look at the new school at this Thursday’s Open House (August 9), which will take place all day. What they will find is a school on the cutting edge of learning.
        LMS has plenty of bells and whistles and will be a showcase of learning for Bedford County Public Schools. The Liberty zone, as well as the entire county, has plenty to be proud of with the new school.

  • Roanoke Amtrak ridership encouraging for Bedford stop

        Having passed the six-month milestone since Amtrak ridership to and from the Roanoke Station began, state transportation officials are describing it as “impressive.” Ridership on the Washington, D.C. to Roanoke line increased by more than 8 percent year-over-year, largely due to the addition of the Roanoke Station. This occurred at a time when passenger rail ridership numbers are down slightly both nationwide and in Virginia.

  • Johnson responds to residency questions

        Since voting to reassign Dr. Cherie Whitehurst from deputy superintendent to instructional coach, District 2 School Board member Jason Johnson’s residency status has come under fire by some supporting Dr. Whitehurst.

  • Two retired principals criticize Dr. Schuch over question

        Two former principals, both of whom retired this year and both of whom are African-American and female, criticized Dr. Douglas Schuch,  the superintendent of schools, for a question he asked this spring when interviewing a candidate to replace one of them.
        Their comments were made during public comment time at last Thursday’s meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

  • Bedford man faces child porn charges

        On July 30, Gordon Matthew Goff, 24, of Rocky Ford Road, Bedford, was arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into the sexual exploitation of children. 
        Investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, from both the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Bedford Police Department, participated in the investigation, and execution of a search warrant at his residence.

  • Cafe on Depot is open in the Electric Company building

        Cafe on Depot officially opened on April 9.

        The cafe occupies the restaurant facility at the east end of the Electric Company building. The building once housed Bedford’s electric department and you can still see the conduits, just below the edge of the roof, that once carried power lines out to the town. The building housed a steam-powered generator 120 years ago.
        Cafe on Depot is owned and operated by Kim Laverty.
        “I love cooking,” she said.

  • Pack the bus

        A soggy Friday didn’t put a damper on the school division’s annual Pack-a-Bus event.

        “We packed it full,” commented Sara Staton, the school division’s director of special services.
        The event, held at Bedford’s Walmart, began at 1 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m. By 5 p.m., all the bus seats had school supplies on them and there was a stack in the back. Donations were still coming in.

  • Pack the bus

        A soggy Friday didn’t put a damper on the school division’s annual Pack-a-Bus event.

        “We packed it full,” commented Sara Staton, the school division’s director of special services.
        The event, held at Bedford’s Walmart, began at 1 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m. By 5 p.m., all the bus seats had school supplies on them and there was a stack in the back. Donations were still coming in.