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  • Putney says Commonwealth is in a state of flux

    Delegate Lacey Putney described the Commonwealth as being in a state of flux following this month's election.

    Putney was the featured speaker at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Commonwealth luncheon, Tuesday. Putney, an independent, caucuses with the Republicans in the House of Delegates. Republicans retained control of the House by a 55 to 45 margin. Democrats will control the senate.

    "The coming session is certainly going to be unique," Putney said.

    "I feel optimistic that there is going to be a spirit of cooperation," he went on to say.

  • Teen pleads guilty to dealing drugs

    Last December Justin Berger of Lynchburg was walking around as an 18-year-old teen with $4,000 cash in his pocket and another $12,000 at his home ? and he didn't have a regular job.

    Now that money is in the hands of law enforcement officials and Berger stands guilty of three counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute. Berger pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court last week to the charges and faces five to 40 years on each count.

  • Projects move ahead

    During a lengthy meeting that extended to 11 p.m., last week, Bedford County's planning commission gave a thumbs up to two projects.

  • Tree lighting will kick off events

    Even as the Thanksgiving turkeys were thawing out to go in the oven, Bedford was being prepared this week for the Christmas season.

    Lights and Christmas decorations went up around the Centertown area and final touches were being made on the light displays at Liberty Lake Park. Those lights are scheduled to be turned on this Friday

    On Saturday, Santa's workshop cruised down Main Street en route to its Centertown Park location, where his North Pole satellite station will be set up through this holiday season.

    Events were also announced for Centertown activities.

  • County takes up slack for museum funding

    Bedford County's Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night to increase its funding for the Bedford City/County Museum by $20,000.

    The boost, which came from the contingency fund, came after the city of Bedford cut its funding for the museum by $20,000. This leaves the city's funding at $7,500 and boosts the county's funding to $50,000 this year.

  • Health worker gives advice on dealing with MRSA

    Melisa Hobbs was one of a number of parents who came to Staunton High School the morning of Oct. 16.

    Hobbs, however, wasn't there because of fears of MRSA. She came to pick up her daughter to take her for her driver's license test. Hobbs wasn't frightened by the MRSA story because these microbes are a part of her professional specialty. A registered nurse, she's the infection control coordinator at Bedford Memorial Hospital.

    "Staphylococcus Aureus is a normal bacteria on most people's skin and nose," she said. " We carry it around with us."

  • Susie Gibson reunion

    Last week, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp signed a proclamation honoring the sixth all-class reunion of Susie G. Gibson High School.

    Now the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC), Susie G. Gibson High School was built in 1954 as the Bedford Area's segregated black high school. It graduated its first class in 1955 and its last in 1970. It produced a total of 852 graduates during its 16 years.

    "We always give credit to our only principal, John I. Jones," said Harriet Hurt, Class of '65.

    Ami Watson, Class of '61, recalls meeting Jones some years after graduating.

  • BCEA seeks 5% raise commitment for next three years

    Over the next couple of months, representatives from the Bedford County Education Association hope to make their case for higher salaries for Bedford County teachers.

    What's at stake, the BCEA claims, is the future of education in the county.

    "There are people who are starting to look elsewhere," states Fred Glover, BCEA president, on the salaries being offered by Bedford County in relation to other school districts.

    What the BCEA will be asking for is a commitment from the county for a 5 percent raise for teachers, for each of the next three years.

  • School system trims expenses to cover shortfall, cleanup

    A $1.4 million shortfall in state funds, along with a $216,000 bill for MRSA cleanup, has the Bedford County School administration and School Board looking for ways to cut expenses.

    A report to the School Board earlier this month by School Director of Finance Randy Hagler noted that state sales tax revenue is expected to fall some $500,000 short of budget projections while the state revenue based on average daily membership is down some $900,000.

  • KBBC presents awards

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission (KBBC), at an awards dinner this month, honored individuals and organizations that have performed noteworthy accomplishments to improve the city's appearance.

    The Volunteerism Award went to the Shepherd's Table. Although this organization's work doesn't affect the city's appearance, its volunteers make a difference for many people in the community. They serve 100 meals a day, aiming to help people in tight circumstances.