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  • Four candidates for four seats

    Bedford will hold elections for City Council in November. City Council elections are at-large elections and there are four candidates running for four seats.

    Skip Tharp

    Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp has been on City Council since 1992. He's a Bedford native and 1965 Liberty High School graduate who runs a family owned business. Tharp said that he ran for council, and routinely seeks reelection, because serving there gives him the chance to get things done, to make things happen. Local government, he said, is what has the most direct affect on people.

  • County officials upbeat on local economic development

    Although the news media has been full of bad-news stories on the economy, Bedford County officials are upbeat on local economic development.

    Sue Montgomery, the county's director of economic development pointed to The Matrixx Group, which built on a 20-acre site at Bedford Center for Business, located off Independence Aveune, in Bedford,

    “They are very happy with their location,” commented Montgomery.

    She said that Matrixx expects to expand, eventually tripling the plants current size. The company makes plastic from raw materials.

  • Crash claims county teen

    A county teen was killed in a head-on crash, Monday morning, while driving to school.

    According state police, Tiffany Skylar LaPrade, 16, was driving east on Va. 24 when her 2001 Toyota Camry crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Dodge truck driven by Rodney Whorley, of Huddleston. LaPrade's car then hit an east-bound Honda Accord driven by Crystal Mayhew, of Vinton.

    LaPrade, who died at the scene, was wearing her seat belt and was alone in the car.

  • New major sculpture arrives at D-Day Memorial

    A major bronze sculpture arrived at the National D-Day Memorial last week.

    This one, bearing the name, “Across the Beach,” will go on the the edge of the memorial's pool, replacing a sculpture of two soldiers already there.

    “This goes right back where it used to be,” said Jim Brothers the artist who created both, pointing to the earlier sculpture as workmen prepared to move it.

  • Charges added in abduction case

    A Bedford County man, already facing five felony charges for allegedly abducting and raping a Bedford County woman the day after Christmas last year, is now facing five more felony counts in connection with the case.

  • Fire destroys hangars at New London

    A fire at New London Airport, Saturday, destroyed two hangars and damaged a third.

    The airport also doubles as a drag strip on the weekends. Kevin Murray and his wife, Martha, were at the opposite end of the runway when the noticed it. By the time they got up to the buildings there was a plume of thick black smoke rising into the air.

  • County to look into expanding broadband access

    Bedford County's supervisors have directed county staff to present proposals for expanding broadband Internet access in the county.

  • Religious assembly changes move forward

    Changes to the county's zoning ordinance to make it friendlier to religious assemblies has been in the works for months.

    Monday night, Bedford County's planning commission voted unanimously to move the changes forward to a joint public hearing with the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. District 5 Planning Commissioner Steve Stevick was absent.

    The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10. The supervisors have the final say on all changes to county ordinances

  • City eliminates decal fees, raises personal property taxes

    Decal fees are out, but personal property taxes are up in Bedford as a result of action taken by City Council Tuesday.

    Following the lead of surrounding communities — including a recent decision by Bedford County — Council voted 6-0 to drop the city's vehicle decals and fees, while raising the personal property tax from $1.80 to $2.17 per $100 of assessed value. Councilman Tom Padgett was not at the meeting.

  • After a decade of discussions and 2 1/2 years of work, JFHS has upgraded facility

    The Forest community got a look Tuesday at the completed work of the $38.5 million Jefferson Forest High School Renovation Project.

    A dedication ceremony and open house for the project were scheduled to take place at the school yesterday. What those attending were scheduled to see — in addition to a project that finished up under budget and some eight months ahead of schedule — was a school featuring both practical construction and showcase facilities.