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  • Learning the facts

        Junior Rangers, a youth program run by the National Park Service, is teaching children about facts ranging from how birds eat to how people lived in the mountains 80 years ago.

        According to Paulette Mullinax, who directs the day camp at the Peaks of Otter, the program consists of three half-day sessions with different age groups.

        “We can tailor the activity for the age group,”  Mullinax said.

  • New Christian school opens in Bedford

    Bedford Christian Academy closed its doors at the end of the past school year, but a new Christian school using the classical education model will open for the new school year at the same location.

  • Two more enter pleas in shooting case

    Pleas were entered last month by two more defendants in the Thaxton shooting case of a Bedford County man that occurred in January 2008.

        Deepraj Islam Khan and Amanda Lynn Campbell both entered pleas in July, following the April Alford pleas of Sandra Faye Campbell, 48, who will spend six years in prison for her participation in the shooting. Sandra Campbell, of Thaxton, was sentenced to 16 years, with 10 years suspended, for her convictions on malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges.

  • Supervisors debate use of federal stimulus money

    A federal grant of $78,232 for Bedford Domestic Violence Services became the subject of debate at Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting. The money comes from the federal stimulus program.

        The request to accept the grant was originally on the consent agenda, which is adopted as a whole. Supervisors, however, can pull items from the consent agenda and ask that they be discussed separately as an action item. District 5 Supervisor  Steve Arrington asked that of this item.

  • Farmers not convinced about cap and trade legislation

    While Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello is touting his support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as the cap-and-trade bill, as an opportunity for area farmers to help create alternative energy, some aren’t buying it.

        Count local cattle farmer Albert Epperly as one of the naysayers.

  • NPS to consider D-Day Memorial inclusion

    The process of considering the National D-Day Memorial for inclusion in the National Park System has accelerated.

  • Q & A with Tom Perriello

    Following Saturday’s Town Hall meeting in Bedford, Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello sat down with Bedford Bulletin Editor Tom Wilmoth to answer a few more questions. Here are his responses.

        Q: What do you say to the reports by some describing those who have been showing up at the Town Hall meetings nationwide as “an angry mob?”

  • Merchants band together to reorganize Main Street

        A group of Centertown merchants representing Bedford Main Street Inc. presented plans for the organization’s future to Bedford City Council last Tuesday, stating that “with the merchants organized and truly working together we can build Main Street into a sustaining program within a short time.”

  • County students will no longer attend alternative school

    Three Bedford County students scheduled to attend the R.E. Cook Regional Alternative School this year will be transferred to the Bridge School in Bedford, because of a planned relocation of that school.

  • Learning English by immersion

    Sou Yasuda, 13, of Toyama, Japan is having a great adventure this summer.

        Part of the adventure is that he’s spending four weeks in Bedford County living with an American family in the Thaxton area. The other part of the adventure is that Yasuda does not speak English and the DeWald family, the Americans hosting him, do not speak Japanese.

        Actually, Yasuda does know a little English, he’s been taking it in Japan. This summer he’s been learning by the immersion method, or in this case, the swim or sink method.