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  • Tech program elimination draws concerns

    Concerns about the elimination of a technology lab program at Forest Middle School were expressed by two speakers and one school board member during last week’s regular session of the Bedford County School Board.

        Jonathan Whitt with the Region 2000 Technology Council called the discontinuation of the program “a real blow” to the students at the school.

  • Boxing coming to Bedford County

    The sweet science will set up shop in Bedford County in less than two weeks. 

        That’s right.  The sport of boxing will make a local appearance for the first time in recent memory, when a full card of fights will be held at Jefferson Forest High School’s gymnasium.  The big event will take place on Saturday, May 8.

        Consultation with the Bedford City/County Museum found that no one could recall the last time (if ever) professional boxing took place in Bedford.

  • Dancing With the Staff returns to Body Camp

    Body Camp Elementary School’s PTA will, once again, have Dancing With the Staff.

         According to Kelly Overstreet, who is organizing the event, the idea for the event comes from the TV show Dancing With the Stars. Members of the 5th grade are paired up with members of the staff and this team is taught a dance routine. The PTA sells tickets for the evening when these teams perform and the proceeds fund needs at the school.

  • Sewer blockage

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 5-2 to delay action on a request to build a private sewage treatment system at a lake area subdivision called Endless Summer.

  • Local woman receives award for her work with CASA

    A Bedford area woman was recently honored by the Governor’s Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect.

        Angela Skarp,  advocate manager and independent study coordinator for Bedford’s CASA office, was one of five people from around the Commonwealth to receive the Advisory Board’s Appreciation Award. The other award winners came from Richmond, Winchester, Fairfax and Norfolk. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in Richmond on April 22.

  • Local farm's alpacas have annual shearing

    John and Cynthia Ferrante have some friends from South America living with them. They’re wooly, friendly and have faces like little camels.

        The Ferrantes raise alpacas on their farm, Otter Peaks Alpacas, in Thaxton. Alpacas are a species of camelid, the family of animals to which camels and llamas belong. Alpacas are domestic animals that have been raised in the Andes mountains for millennia, bred specifically for their thick wool. In the Andes, they graze at altitudes of between 13,000 and 15,000 feet.

  • ABC agents raid Bedford Moose Lodge

    Bedford  Moose Lodge 1897 officials were not commenting this week about a raid at the lodge by agents with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Thursday.

        State agents seized what they allege to be illegal video gaming machines and thousands of dollars from Moose lodges in Bedford and Altavista. Agents with ABC raided the two lodges simultaneously last week after an investigation of more than two months, according to Chris Goodman, agent in charge of the ABC’s Roanoke office. He said a tip led to the investigation.

  • Team effort

    The night before his closing argument was the hardest for Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance to sleep during Wesley Earnest's trial.

        He had spent the previous two weeks making his case before a Bedford County Circuit Court jury that Earnest had killed his estranged wife on Dec. 19, 2007, and had spent more than two years prior up to the trial heading up the prosecution of that case.

        Now it was time to put the case in the jury’s hands.

  • Free dental treatment

    The Mission of Mercy free dental clinic was held the weekend of March 27.

        With so large a turnout, the event was hosted at the Roanoke Civic Center.  More than 1,000 people received free dental care over the two-day affair.

        Unfortunately, several hundred people had to be turned away.  There was only so much that the volunteer dental staff could do over the weekend.

  • Stewardship plan

    A group of 23 volunteers planted 276 trees earlier this month at Falling Creek Park. Workers included members of the 4H Club, Bedford Women’s Club, Future Farmers of America, Virginia Master Naturalists, the Bedford County Agricultural Board and Boy Scout Troop 183.

        Bedford County Forester Todd Kready said that the trees were planted along Falling Creek’s flood plain and will reestablish a long-gone wooded buffer along the creek. The buffer will stabilize the soil, preventing erosion and filter runoff going into the creek.