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  • Cleaning up the county?

    A suggestion that Bedford County adopt a property maintenance code elicited a mixed reaction at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

        District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard told her fellow supervisors that some people in her district have called her complaining about run-down properties. She suggested the county adopt a property maintenance code.

  • Local plant recycles, exports

    Part of Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling’s Jobs for Virginia tour included a stop at Bedford’s W Abrasives plant.

  • Brush truck honors founding membe

    one of the founding members who helped pull the fire department together 50 years ago. Even in death, he helped his fire department one last time. In his will, he left it $55,000.

  • Broken insulator puts Bedford in the dark

    A broken insulator knocked out power to much of Bedford late Wednesday afternoon.

        According to Jeff Weddle, the city’s public services director, the outage occurred when a glass/porcelain insulator broke at the city’s Mosley substation, located off Patterson Mill Road. This disconnected the 69,000 volt line that delivers power from Appalachian Power to the substation.

  • Swine flu

    Central Virginia Health District (CVHD) is preparing to offer the novel H1N1 influenza vaccination to school students across the district, including in Bedford County Public Schools.

        Students in Bedford County and Campbell County schools will be vaccinated starting Monday Oct. 26 through Thursday Oct. 29.

        The district also includes the counties and cities of Appomattox, Amherst and Lynchburg. 

  • Dealing with diabetes

    Betty Stafford has diabetes and controlling her blood sugar has been a struggle. A new support group has helped her learn what foods to eat and how to prepare them.

        That’s the kind of help a diabetes support group in the Bedford area provides. The group was organized as a collaborative effort between Bedford Memorial Hospital and the Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry.

  • Mother charged with murder of infant

    A 25-year-old Bedford woman has been charged with second degree murder in the death of her eight month old infant in September 2008.

        Cecilia Leigh Burnette, 25, Bedford was arrested today and charged with second degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the death of her infant daughter, Marissa. She is currently being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

  • Stalin bust sparks opposition

    A plan to place a bust of Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial is sparking local controversy.

     

        “It’s not putting up a sculpture in honor of Stalin,” said Dr. William McIntosh, the National D-Day Memorial Foundation’s director.

     

        McIntosh pointed out that he realizes that Stalin was a monster. He said that Stalin had killed 20 million of his own citizens by 1939.

     

  • The future of farming

    Bedford’s Farm Bureau featured two youthful speakers at its annual dinner meeting last week.

        Joy Powers, of Staunton River High School’s (SRHS) Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, said that agriculture has a future in Bedford County. She pointed to the two FFA chapters, one at SRHS and the other at Liberty High School, along with 4H clubs as an example. She would like to see more and suggested adding agricultural education classes in middle schools and an FFA chapter at Jefferson Forest High School.

  • High expectations

    After six months to transition and some 120 meetings, Dr. Douglas Schuch is settling in to his new job as superintendent of Bedford County Public Schools.

        And he is also getting a better feel for what needs to be done in the future.

        At last Thursday’s School Board meeting, Dr. Schuch presented a report on the transition process and what he sees for the future of the school system under his direction.