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  • Presidential, congressional elections take center stage

    Tuesday is the big day.

    Not only do we elect a new president, but every House of Representatives seat is up for grabs as are a number of Senate seats. Virginians will choose a new senator to replace John Warner, who is not seeking reelection. Two former governors are vying to fill the seat. Locally there are elections in both the Fifth and Sixth Congressional Districts.

    Jim Gilmore, the Republican candidate for Senate, served as governor from 1998 until 2002 after serving as the Commonwealth's attorney general from 1994 to 1998.

  • Six weeks of learning culminates in mock election

    For the past six weeks students at Bedford Elementary School have been bombarded with presidential campaign commercials, political polls and visits from campaign representatives. On Monday, the students held a mock election debate on the major issues of the presidential race. This Thursday the students vote.

    If all of this sounds familiar, that's a positive outcome.

    The effort has been both a lesson in how government works and a chance for the elementary students to be engaged with this year's presidential election.

  • The Great Carving

    The smell of pumpkins permeated the halls of Bedford Primary School Saturday.

    Inside the cafeteria, some 400 pumpkins were being carved, each representing a unique design of students and staff at the school. This Thursday and Friday those pumpkins will be placed around the drive in front of the school with lit candles inside and the school's PTA will hold a bake sale as a fundraiser.

  • 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.