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Editorial

  • Open government

        Bedford Town Council has chosen to give the public a chance to hear from the seven applicants who have filed to fill the seat of James Vest, who has resigned from council because he is moving out of town.
        Council also made the names and information provided by those applicants available to the public this week following a formal Freedom of Information Act request made by the Bulletin.
        Council should be commended on both counts of allowing the public access to that information.

  • Time to become presidential

        It’s time for President Donald Trump to start acting presidential.
        This past weekend, President Trump decided to take on NFL players who have kneeled in protest during the playing of the National Anthem. In a speech in Alabama on Friday, he demanded that NFL owners get rid of any players who follow through with that protest.

  • Helping out

        Liberty High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Dills has plenty to be proud of when it comes to her students and staff.
        The school may be the smallest high school in the county, but it’s making a huge impact.
        The Minutemen have adopted a high school from Ingleside, Texas, to help the Mustangs overcome the devastation their school suffered because of Hurricane Harvey. The flooding that came as a result of the record-setting rain that fell swept through the school, damaging it inside and out.

  • The Gentleman from Bedford

        Lacey Putney was a statesman, a citizen legislator—the longest serving in Virginia—and a veteran.
        Putney was a Big Island native, a mentor and a good ole country boy.
        He was always ready to tell a story, was a man of action and vigorously represented this area.
        This past Saturday, Putney moved on to his reward, passing away at the age of 89.

  • Next Steps

    Governor McAuliffe’s statement on events in Charlottesville
     
    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the statement below regarding the next steps he and his administration will take following the events this past weekend in Charlottesville:

  • What would it buy?

        If you had $517,000 sitting around with nothing to do, what could you buy?
        A 3600 square foot waterfront home on Smith Mountain Lake with three bedrooms and four baths and a dock would be one option. That price was $479,000 for a listing this week.

  • He missed the ball; but now he has a ring

        Steve Bartman now has a Chicago Cubs World Series ring.
        The Cubs organization offered the ring to the team’s infamous fan as a gesture of goodwill and an attempt to “provide closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series.”

  • All thumbs

    Thumbs up: Bedford County School Board
        Thumbs up to the Bedford County School Board for voting to give Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch another three years at the helm of the school system.
        Dr. Schuch came to Bedford in the midst of a financial downturn that severely affected the money available at the local, state and federal levels. Dr. Schuch helped lead the school system through those tough times of lost jobs and closed schools while continuing to look ahead.

  • Good signs

        There are some good signs taking place in and around Bedford.
        The opening of Beale’s Brewery has been a big hit and has provided a good number of jobs. The first few weeks have brought in plenty of folks -- some seeking the atmosphere, some the specially brewed Beale’s beer, some wanting to partake of the quality BBQ being offered.

  • The Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice is well-known to visitors at the Peaks of Otter. As well he should be. Rice has worked along the Parkway since 1958 and much of that time was spent at the Peaks of Otter Lodge after it opened in 1964.
        Now Rice will be remembered for years to come as visitors gather in the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge, officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting last Wednesday. The room, which has a splendid view of Abbott Lake and Sharp Top, can be used for conferences, wedding receptions and other events held there.