Today's News

  • The heroic work of labor unions

    When the other columnist on this page wrote his “whiny teachers” column, he mistakenly gave union status to the state teachers association, a point on which he has since been corrected.
        But what stands out from that effort is his apparent contempt and loathing of the very concept of unions, a regrettable, even ignorant, attitude about so much of American history.

  • The check’s in the mail

        Last week, Rick Howell’s latest effort to demonize the NRA as Nazis sent me on a little Internet research expedition. In the Feb. 20 edition of the Liberal Agenda, Mr. Howell once again likened the NRA’s effort to defend our Constitutional rights to German Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ efforts on behalf of his master, Adolf Hitler.

  • Another hit

    Don’t expect Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to get much support from conservatives should he aspire to higher office.
        He just committed the conservative cardinal sin: implementing tax increases.
        And his transgression turned out to be a whopper—one of the highest tax increases in the history of the commonwealth.
        That just won’t play well on the Tea Party circuit. And it shouldn’t.
        What was he thinking?

  • Local enthusiasts get a look at Plan 9

        A science fiction film shot primarily in Bedford, got at good response from the 1,300 people who attended MystiCon, a sci-fi convention held in Roanoke over the weekend. A three-minute scene from the feature-length motion picture was named the MystiCon Fan Favorite Film.

  • Board gets good, bad news on budget

        The supervisors have gotten good news and bad news from Interim County Administrator Frank Rogers.
        The good news is that the county will get $4 million per year in additional revenue due to Bedford’s reversion to town status. The bad news is that it still leaves the county nearly $2 million in the hole. Rogers presented them with recommendations on closing that gap at a Monday evening budget work session.

  • Public hearing scheduled on electoral district map

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 6-1 Monday to schedule a public hearing on the proposed new electoral district map. District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard cast the lone dissenting vote
        “I guess I’m as unhappy with my district as anybody can be,” commented  Pollard.

  • Heart health focus of BMH brunch

        A heart health brunch, sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, began on a light note with a performance by Elvis Presley, locally know as Taylor Rodriguez.

        Rodriguez, who is 15, isn’t old enough to even remember the 20th century at all, let alone Elvis. Nevertheless, his Elvis impersonation is so good that he’s headed for Graceland to perform this summer during the annual commemoration of Presley’s death.

  • YOVASO group continues outreach

        A YOVASO (Youth of Virginia Speak Out) presentation this month at Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) focused on the impact a teen traffic fatality has on the teen’s friends and family. YOVASO is an organization that promotes safe driving behavior among teens.

        Videos were part on the presentation and one featured J. Len Hale.

  • Group Home closes

        The time for group homes like the one Bedford County operated has gone, according to Andy Crawford, the county’s director of social services. The county closed the home in January.

        “The last day the kids were there was the 31st,” Crawford said.
        The home closed because it had been set up to pay its own way but had reached the point where it was no longer able to do that.

  • Project off US 460 progressing for development, Reserve Center and road

        If you drive into the west side of Bedford on U.S. 460, you’ve noticed a lot of earth moving going on just off the south side of the highway.

        That’s Harmony, the new planned commercial and residential development being built by George Aznavorian. You’ve also noticed a large, two-story building that’s rising out of the sea of red earth. That’s the new Army Reserve Center.