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  • JFHS senior tapped for U.S. Army High School All-American Marching Band

    There was a time when Greg Thompson had a hard time playing even a note with a trumpet.

    But that was years ago, when he first took up the instrument as a fourth-grader. Today, the Jefferson Forest High School senior is an accomplished All-American musician, lauded for his playing, work ethic and leadership.

  • Moose join fight against Internet predators

    Wes Crowder and Paula Brazell dropped by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office to present a check for $11,245.

    Crowder and Brazell are officials with the Virginia Moose Association and the check represents money that the Moose collected in this state for the Safe Surfin' Foundation. Safe Surfin' is the educational arm of Operation Blue Ridge Thunder and its purpose is to educate children and teens about the dangers lurking in cyberspace.

  • All tied up in history

    Bedford's library system has a history exhibit that's fit to be tied: aprons.

    The aprons come from CeCe Guida's collection which she has been assembling for 30 years and date from an example from the 1870s up to modern pieces. Some are displayed on dresses of the same vintage as the apron. One, a linen apron from 1901 is displayed on a long brown cotton dress with puffy shoulders made for a small woman with a narrow waist.

  • Most local bankers offer assurances during these turbulent times on Wall Stree

    With unpleasant developments from the financial sector dominating the recent news, local citizens may be justly concerned about what it all means to them.

    Certainly, a government-driven bailout of Wall Street will translate into higher taxes somewhere down the road.

    Naturally, downturns in the stock market will negatively impact a great number of individual investors, including those with individual retirement accounts or 401(k)s.

  • Council to consider eliminating decal fees

    Following the lead of surrounding communities — including a recent decision by Bedford County — Bedford City Council will consider dropping its vehicle decals and fees.

    But don't expect for that to mean less taxes. In fact, if approved, the city will likely raise personal property taxes to offset the loss of revenue of eliminating the decal fees.

  • Card game robbery yields 23-year sentence

    A 23-year-old Goode man will spend the next half of his life in prison, following sentencing for robbing a card game in Bedford in March 2007.

    Tyrell Donshey Spinner, 23, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to robbing 11 people at a Liberty Apartments residence and using a firearm when committing those crimes. Spinner received a 20 year sentence on 11 robbery charges, a shooting into an occupied dwelling charge and a charge of burglary with intent to rob. He received a 23-year sentence on five firearms charges, all which carry mandatory sentences.

  • Planning commission approves car wash

    Bedford County's planning commission decided to approve a master plan revision for Thomas Jefferson Crossing.

    The entire development, located off U. S. 221 in Forest,was rezoned PD-1 three years ago. The developer wants a change in the permitted uses for the commercial area of the development to include a car wash and automobile rental/leasing.

  • D-Day Memorial dedicates chapel site

    The National D-Day Memorial consecrated a site for field chapel services, Monday on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, using a liturgy from the 1940 Service and Song Book for Soldiers and Sailors.

    This service had a familiar quality to people familiar with Anglican worship forms. Dr. William McIntosh, the D-Day Memorial Foundation's director, said that this World War II service book derived a great deal from Episcopalian liturgy.

  • Tax measure passes

    Bedford County's supervisors voted last week to accept a plan to eliminate personal property tax decals.

    The measure passed unanimously although two supervisors, District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer and District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek had reservations about it. Board Chairman Steve Arrrington and District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard were absent.

  • Big Island man receives 45 year sentence

    A Big Island man will spend the next 45 years in prison for sodomizing six children, some younger than 6 years old.

    Gregory D. Burton, 36, was sentenced in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for 13 counts of forcible sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery. Burton had entered Alford pleas on the charges this summer. An Alford plea, which carries the same effect as a guilty plea, meant Burton didn't admit his guilt, but felt the plea was in his best interest.

    He continued to maintain his innocence at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.