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Local News

  • County moves forward with broadband initiative

     Prior to its regular meeting Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors met as the county’s broadband authority.

        The authority met in closed session. According to County Administrator Kathleen Guzi, the supervisors were briefed on two replies from companies on requests for proposals (RFP) concerning the county’s broadband initiative. This initiative seeks to bring broadband service to areas of the county where it is not currently available.

       

  • The Golden Age of Radio

        The Bedford Museum has created a radio display with items ranging from a floor model presented to Bedford High School in 1938 to a radio made from a razor blade and a safety pin.

        It’s not in the Museum, however. The display can be viewed at the Bedford Central Library. Doug Cooper, the Museum’s manager, puts up a display in the Library every year.

  • Two county schools earn top honors

    Two Bedford County schools were among the 153 Virginia public schools that earned the 2010 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.

        Both Otter River and Forest elementary schools received the honor. The award is the highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance incentive program created by the Board of Education in 2007.

        “It means a great deal to all of us,” noted Otter River Elementary Principal Georgia Hairston. “We’re very excited about achieving the award, once again.”

  • McDonnell opposes transfer of Soering

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder last week officially revoking the Commonwealth’s consent to the planned transfer of convicted murderer Jens Soering to Germany. The effort by McDonnell delays the transfer, but the final decision apparently remains in the hands of the Justice Department.

  • For 38 years, Rushie Wooldridge has helped keep area students safe

    For 38 years Rushie Wooldridge has been making sure students cross safely at the intersection of Peaks Street and Longwood Avenue. And though 72, she’s not yet about to slow down.

        “My children were all going to school, I just wanted something to do,” she said of originally taking the job as a crossing guard.

  • Kaine seeks to have Soering transferred

        For more than five years, Major Ricky Gardner, of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, lived through the prosecution of Jens Soering for his role in the 1985 killings of  Derek and Nancy Haysom  at their Boonsboro home.

  • Helping Haiti

    Bedford area people helped pack a couple of tractor-trailer rigs full of help for Haiti, Friday.

        The effort was a collaboration between Spirit FM, God’s Pit Crew and World Help. According to Dave Clark, who co-hosts the radio station’s morning show with Linda Armstrong, the effort was put together in about five hours on a Wednesday afternoon, the day after a major earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.

  • MLK event focuses on youth

    The memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. was kept alive in a rousing program held at the Washington Street Baptist Church last Sunday afternoon. A near-full house showed up at the church to listen to speeches, music and poetry. 

        The theme of the event  was “Future Youth Leaders.”  Based on the talent that was on display, Bedford should have little worry about those future leaders.

        The highlight of the two-hour ceremony was a sermon delivered by preaching prodigy Edwin Taylor.

  • Judge registers Vermont court order

    A complex story that began in Vermont found its way into Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court last week.

        In April, 2002,  Lisa Miller gave birth to a daughter, conceived via artificial insemination. Miller was living with a lesbian domestic partner, Janet Jenkins, in a civil union. The two had gone to Vermont to obtain a same sex civil union, legal in that state, while living in Virginia. Jenkins did not adopt the girl.

  • GOP hopeful visits Bedford

    Mike McPadden, one of the candidates hoping to get the Republican nod to challenge Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello in November, stopped in Bedford last week.        He lives in North Garden, a town in Albemarle County, and works as a captain for Delta Airlines. McPadden said he originally began flying as a Naval aviator, earning his wings in 1981 and flying the P-3 Orion, an antisubmarine warfare aircraft, until 1986.