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Today's News

  • 4 years for running over man with truck

        A Bedford County man will spend four years and one month behind bars for running over a man with a pickup truck last year. Thomas Stinnett, 28, pleaded guilty, in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning, to charges of malicious bodily injury, driving suspended and felony hit and run.
        “In this case, he drove over a male who was with his wife who was estranged,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock.

  • Planning Commission looks at regs

        After briefly revisiting the issue of allowing firearms sales in residential zones, the county’s planning commission turned to discussing private roads, corridor overlays and subdivision of agricultural land. The latter entailed considerable discussion and the commission preceded its regular meeting, last week, with a 5 p.m. work session to allow ample time.

  • Changes to permitted use table sought

        Both District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker are seeking to have some additions made to the permitted use table in the county’s zoning ordinance.
        Unless something is listed in a permitted use for a particular zone, it is not allowed. The two supervisors’ motions instruct the planning commission to begin the process, which will come back to the supervisors for final approval.

  • Effort raises money for Heart Association

        For the third year in a row Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s gym was packed with students participating in Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraising effort by the American Heart Association.

         One factor driving the turnout is an enthusiastic faculty member spearheading the effort. That’s Sue Moore, the physical education instructor. The other factor is the event’s poster boy. Cody Beck, now 4, is one of their own. His three brothers are students at the school.    

  • Venezuela mourns passing of its leader

        The people of Venezuela have been through a public journey of mourning following the death and funeral of their long-time president, Hugo Chávez.
        The only thing close to the public spectacle of grief for a leader like it in this country might have been the aftermath of the death of FDR, or the assassination of President Kennedy.
        Whatever anyone thought of Chávez, it’s clear that a great many of his people loved him and supported his policies.

  • Frank Rogers has a great idea

        Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers should be applauded for a proposal that takes care of two problems at once.

  • Good riddance

    Why anyone would feel the need to give props to recently departed Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez seems beyond explanation, but it’s certainly all the rage this past week for folks on the left.
        Suddenly this inept, dictatorial politician is eulogized as a conquering hero, a champion of the poor, a standard-bearer for all that is right and good.

  • Thaxton holds Career Day

        Thaxton Elementary School held a career day recently with visiting professionals and service providers who held the children’s attention.

        Some, such as the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, drove to the school with their exhibit. One, Centra Health, flew in with its exhibit; the school grounds provided an open spot where one of Centra’s helicopter ambulances could touch down.

  • We have a winner—and it's not the coyote

    Bedford County’s Coyote Lottery ended on March 1 and the winner was announced with a ceremonial check presentation in front of Southern States, Friday. Ray Turpin, who turned in 30 coyotes, was the winner of the $2,000 jackpot. The money for the jackpot was provided by contributions from Bedford County Farm Bureau, Spring Lake Livestock Market, Powers Tractor, the James River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation, Boone Tractor, Creswell Custom Cattle and Holdren-Stanley Insurance.

  • Supervisors react to school budget proposal

        Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Schuch’s presentation of the school divisions’ 2013-2014 budget before the board of supervisors, Monday evening, drew a mixed reaction.
        The problem some supervisors had with it is that it uses most of the extra money the school division will get next fiscal year from the state—due to Bedford’s reversion to town status—for operating expenses.