Today's News

  • Making Bedford stronger

    By Clay Chastain


        Bedford is in the enviable position of being a wonderful place to live, but perhaps in need of a bit of rejuvenate tweaking to keep it so.
        Most of us love the lifestyle that Bedford offers, or else we would not choose to live here. But who of us would object if Bedford enjoyed more job opportunities, a more vibrant, bustling downtown, fewer vacant buildings, more things to do for its young people, and an overall stronger economy?

  • Bring on the ‘entitlement’ debate

    Before choosing his running mate last week, Mitt Romney was looking at a series of polls that showed him losing to President Obama.
        Even the Fox News poll had Obama leading Romney 49 to 40 percent. Something had to be done.
        The Wall Street Journal wrote a persuasive editorial that urged Romney to pick Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and by doing so, inject the conservative crusade for “entitlement reform” as a major issue in the race.

  • Another perspective on the atomic bombs

        Last week marked the anniversary of the first and only use of atomic bombs in warfare.
        Last year I met Jim Belcher, a fellow from Waynesboro, who came to Bedford with the Waynesboro Players when they performed “Tuesday Mourning,” a play about the Bedford Boys. Jim provided actual World War II vintage uniforms, with the correct insignia to the actors, as well as teaching the actors how to wear them and proper military bearing, which added to their authenticity.

  • Straighten the road

    It’s time to straighten out the dangerous curves on U.S. 460 east of Montvale.
        Enough damage has been done; a life has been lost.
        This past May, a 31-year-old tractor-trailer driver died and his tanker dumped 6,800 gallons of fuel into the ground as the result of an accident on those curves. The environmental cleanup has been ongoing ever since; the eastbound stretch of that road has been closed for more than two months.
        The road has been a known problem for years.

  • Map changes discussed by boards

        Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a joint public hearing with the planning commission on a large number of zoning map changes that the supervisors are considering. Most of the changes involved correcting the zoning on parcels that are currently split zoned.

  • Paddle boarder spends time with group from Y

        How do you keep 100 children in rapt attention? One way is to be able to tell them about your personal experiences of swimming with sharks.

  • Plattus back in court on charge

        Though dismissed in General District Court, the embezzlement charge against the former director of Bedford Main Street Inc. is back in court.

        A multi-jurisdictional grand jury issued a direct indictment on the charge against 46-year-old Daniel A. Plattus on Aug. 3. Plattus was in Circuit Court Tuesday on an attorney advisement. Judge James Updike appointed Mark Arthur to represent Plattus on the charge. Arthur had also represented Plattus in General District Court on the same charge.

  • Cop Camp 2012 lets campers get up close with police

        Bedford City Police, with help from other area law enforcement agencies, held its eighth annual Cop Camp last week.

        The camp brought 110 children together to learn how police do their work. It featured physical activities along with chances to see what a police officer carries in the trunk of his car. There was also a visit from a rescue helicopter, a simulated vehicle extraction and a police dog demonstration.

  • Board OK's reversion

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved a reversion agreement with the city of Bedford on a 5-0 vote, Monday night, with District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker abstaining.
        Thomasson and Parker were elected last November, two months after the reversion agreement was originally approved.

  • Summer's over... Back to the books!

    Can you believe it?

        Summer’s over—at least on the school calendar—and some 10,275 Bedford County students are headed back to school Monday.
        The buses will be rolling; books will be passed out.
        And while students will have less time now to play those video games at home, some might find technology playing a bigger part in their learning experience for the 2012-2013 school year.