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  • Bedford chips in to help a neighbor

    Since a major fire derailed Olde Liberty Station, efforts have been underway to help the restaurant’s staff who were left unemployed. Corey Crompton, the city’s IT manager, notes that unemployment benefits don’t do much for waiters and waitresses. Crompton said that the fire affected 50 people.

        Crompton’s involvement in this effort is as a member of the band Generic Folk, one of three bands that will perform a benefit concert for Olde Liberty Station employees at the Bower Center on Nov. 14.

  • Memorial layoffs

    Almost half of the D-Day Memorial Foundation’s 24 full- and part-time employees have been laid off as a result of cost-cutting measures, according to Foundation Director Dr. William McIntosh.

        Eleven employees were notified last week about the decision.

        “Everybody has had their hours reduced already,” McIntosh said. “We have had a gradual reduction in benefits that has played out through this calendar year.”

  • School board looks at future facility needs

    Last Thursday the Bedford County School Board worked through two draft plans for future facility needs for the school system, tentatively agreeing to one that calls for construction of a new middle school in the Liberty zone, as well as the expansion and renovation of Bedford Elementary and Forest Middle schools.

        In all, the plan accounts for about $50 million in construction costs with another $6 million proposed for new Central Office space.

  • It's time to go to the polls

    The debate, last week, between Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell and Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds got off to an inauspicious start. Due to a technical malfunction in the audio feed, neither the TV audience nor people in the press room got to hear the candidates’ opening statements. The glitch was corrected in time for the debate, itself.

  • County supervisors receive update on swine flu preparations

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to restate its support agreement with the Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) and also heard a report about local preparations should there be an increase in swine flu cases.

        According to County Administrator Kathleen Guzi, the supervisors passed a support agreement for bonds that the PSA issued. The bonds are through the Virginia Resource Authority, which is refinancing its bonds in order to get reduced rates. The VRA is asking the county to reaffirm its 2002 agreement.

  • Competency hearing delayed until Nov. 4

    A competency hearing has been delayed for a Rhode Island man accused of traveling to Bedford County to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, the defense attorney for Andrew Fitzgerald Holloway, 22, of 774 West Shore Road, Warwick, R.I., had requested a second competency hearing for the accused.

  • A legacy of work

    Capt. Timothy Hayden, of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, believes that parents can leave either a positive or a negative legacy for their children.

        Hayden was the keynote speaker for the Bedford Branch NAACP’s annual Freedom Fund banquet, held Saturday evening. He believes that his success in his law enforcement career is due to the positive example that adult members of his family set for him when he was growing up.

  • State, local elections on ballot

    In less than one week, voters across the Commonwealth will decide who will fill a number of state and local elected offices.

  • Earnest’s trial delayed again

    The first-degree murder trial against Wesley Brian Earnest has been delayed for a fourth time, following a motion in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

        Bedford County Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance and Earnest’s defense attorney Joseph Sanzone jointly made the request, one Circuit Court Judge James Updike granted reluctantly.

  • Cuccinelli speaks in Forest at event

    By John Barnhart

    Staff Writer

    johnbarnhart@bedfordbulletin.com

        Ken Cuccinelli was one of the three featured speakers at an event sponsored by Concerned Women of America and held at Brookhill Wesleyan Church Thursday night. Cuccinelli is the Republican nominee for attorney general.

        According to Chris Freund, vice president of policy and communications for the Family Foundation and another of the featured speakers, the candidate elected attorney general will make a difference.