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  • The best kept secret in Bedford

    This may be one of the best kept secrets in Bedford.

        The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) has an Unemployment Express office in Bedford. It’s in the old Winn-Dixie plaza. There’s no signage on Blue Ridge Avenue indicating its presence, but it’s there. It has a pale green sign that isn’t particularly noticeable. You actually have to get close to it to read the sign. What’s inside are people determined to do whatever it takes to help people get jobs.

  • Judge rules against school system

    During a meeting April 29, the Bedford County School Board agreed to appeal a decision made by U.S. District Court Judge Norman Moon that the district failed to provide a former student with learning disabilities a “free and appropriate education.”

  • Seven seek GOP nod to face Perriello

    Six men and one woman are vying for the GOP nod to try to unseat 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello in November. The Republicans will select their candidate during a primary on June 8.

        Profiles on each of the primary candidates follow.

    Kenneth Boyd

  • 28-year-old woman charged with beating 77-year-old boyfriend with cane

    A Goode woman has been arrested for wounding a 77-year-old man last week.

        At 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, Bedford County deputies were dispatched to a disturbance call at 1629 Rock Haven Road in Goode.

  • Students learn about litter’s impact on wildlife

    The children at Bedford Elementary School got a chance to see something that most of us never see — an opossum. A live ‘possum, not one squished on the side of the road.

        The presentation was sponsored by the Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission (KBBC) and Quinn Robinson, an environmental educator with the Wildlife Center of Virginia brought three live creatures for the children to see.

  • Two Liberty HS teams to make trip to Odyssey world championship

    Two Liberty High School (LHS) teams are headed for the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship, to be held at Michigan State University this year from May 26 through May 30. It’s a real world championship; more than 30 countries will send teams.

  • Autism awards

    Commonwealth Autism Service honored Shannon Valentine and Leigh Drewry at an event at the Bedford Welcome Center, for their work on autism.

        Valentine served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006 through 2009. According to Commonwealth Autism, Valentine was the catalyst of a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) report about services for Virginians with autism. Drewry, a lawyer, has been helping people with autism for 20 years and advocates for training attorneys and court services personnel.

  • New Food Lion opens in Moneta

    Moneta’s new Food Lion opened its doors April 21.

        That was a Wednesday, but Store Manager Mike Novitsky had his work cut out for him before the first customer came in. That’s because there wasn’t a single item in the store Monday morning. This is because produce and meat has to be fresh. Novitsky said that Food Lion has a system for stocking a new store quickly.

        “It’s non-stop hard work, but everything falls into place,” he said.

  • Council gets first look at proposed budget

    Bedford City Council will meet next Tuesday, May 11, to begin discussion of a proposed $16 million general operating fund budget that represents a 5.7 percent decrease from last year.

  • FMS team will join Liberty teams at Odessey world competition

    An Odyssey of the Mind team from Forest Middle School will be joining the two high school teams from Liberty High School in the Odyssey of the Mind international competition at Michigan State University at the end of this month. The competition includes students from all over the United States and 30 foreign countries. Teams compete according to age level, so the Forest students will be competing against other middle school teams.