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  • Showing the spirit of Christmas

        A challenge by Forest Middle School civics teachers resulted in their students collecting 1,720 non-perishable food items in five school days.

        “We teach children about helping the community for the common good,” said Rhonda Luckie, one of the three civics teachers involved.

        “We simply challenged the students,” commented Cori Fairchaild, another teacher.

  • Runk & Pratt move

    Runk & Pratt has completed moving all the residents from its Bedford facility to its new facility in Westlake Towne Center, located off Scruggs Road, on the Franklin County side of Smith Mountain Lake. Twenty-eight residents made the move.

        According to Vickie Runk, one of Runk & Pratt’s owners, this consolidation was part of the plan when design work began on the new facility four years ago. The Smith Mountain Lake facility was completed in October, 2008.

  • And if the snow wasn’t enough...

    As if dealing with this weekend’s record snowstorm wasn’t enough, city of Bedford public works employees also had to deal with a major water line break that occurred Saturday.

        Although the break was repaired by early Sunday, water tanks and lines were drained, which meant residents woke up Sunday morning with low water pressure, if any at all.

        By late afternoon, the tanks reached normal levels and allowed for gradual improvement in water pressure throughout the city.

  • LOW TEMPERATURES CREATE ICY ROADS IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA

    Snow removal crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have worked overnight night to address icy conditions and refreezing roads on the interstates and primary roads throughout southwestern Virginia.  After yesterday’s snowfall of about a foot and a half, all primary roads and interstates have been plowed and treated, but they required attention overnight.

  • LOW WATER PRESSURE CITY OF BEDFORD

    A major water line break occurred on the water system which supplies water to the City of Bedford.  Although the break was repaired early today, water tanks and lines were drained.  This has resulted in the continued low water pressure that most customers are experiencing.

    The water levels in the tanks should reach normal levels by late afternoon Sunday which will provide a gradual improvement in water pressure. 

  • Christmas Station helps 300 families this year

    Marilyn Overstreet has been on both sides of the fence when it comes to Christmas.

        As a young child in a family of 11 children she was often the one receiving help at this time of years from those more fortunate. Now, she’s giving back, helping those who were in the same shoes she faced as a child.

  • Building his own home led to business venture

    A love of hunting and fishing brought Mike Okuley to Bedford County.

        Okuley was invited by a friend, a retired state trooper, to experience local deer hunting during black powder season.

        “My first hunting experience in Bedford County was on Sharp Top Mountain,” Okuley said. “That’s when I fell in love with Bedford County.”

        After that, he made frequent hunting trips here. Then, he found some property which he bought in 1999.

  • School Board will seek federal funds for program

    In what could be the federal government’s next attempt to improve public education, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to express its intent to participate in the Race to the Top, should Virginia be included as one of the state’s selected for the program.

  • City looks at its finances

    Bedford’s revenue situation is far from rosy, but it’s not as bad as it looked a month ago.

        According to Rosie Jordan, the city’s director of finance, the city’s sales tax revenue trended back up last month.

        “The downward trend stopped,” Jordan told a meeting of the city’s finance committee last week.

  • 5th District GOP to hold primary

    Republicans will decide who will get their nod to challenge Congressman Tom Perriello for the 5th Congressional District seat next year.

        The decision was made at a meeting of the 5th District Republican Committee, Saturday. According to Tucker Watkins, chairman of the District’s Republican Party, a primary was approved by a 19-13 margin.

        Watkins said that those who favored a convention and those who wanted a primary all made strong arguments in support of their positions.