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  • Parade returns to morning time slot

    After being announced as an evening Christmas parade for this year, Bedford's parade on Dec. 6 will, as usual, take place in the morning.

    The parade has begun for a number of years at 11 a.m., but Bedford Main Street decided last summer to change the parade's time to 7 p.m. Main Street handles the parade and other downtown Christmas festivities.

  • School salutes its own veterans

    For the second year, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's students invited area veterans to a Veterans Day program at the school. The event, which drew a large turnout, featured music by a student choir and treats provided by the school's PTA.

    According to Mac Duis, the principal, Kevin Smith, one of the school's two music teachers, spearheaded the project.

    “We started the program last year,” said Smith.

  • Perriello claims victory, lead at 745 votes

    Democratic challenger Tom Perriello's lead in he 5th District Congressional race stood at 745 votes one week after the election, as the vote counts continued to be updated following last Tuesday's election. Perriello was claiming victory while incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode was expressing concerns about the accuracy of the vote totals.

    After holding onto the slimmest of leads for most of the day last Wednesday, Goode fell behind Perriello late that afternoon and the margin continued to grow for the Democrat.

  • The homefront

    Approximately 800 people turned out for the National D-Day Memorial's Veteran's Day salute Tuesday.

    The centerpiece of Tuesday's ceremony was a plaque, donated by the Veterans Committee of UAW Local 2069 of Dublin, Va. The plaque, featuring “Rosie the Riveter,” honors the effort of the American workers who made the weapons, equipment and ammunition that American soldiers needed to win.

  • Grand jury indicts former SRHS teacher on three more charges

    A former Staunton River High School teacher, arrested in January for having a sexual relationship with a student at the school in 2005, is now facing three more charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

    Last month, a Bedford Grand Jury indicted David Allen Cherry, 39, of Forest on those additional charges. He had been indicted in April on four charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial relationship.

  • Former school employee guilty of embezzlement charge

    A former New London Academy cafeteria employee pleaded guilty to embezzlement last month in connection with money taken from the school nutrition fund.

    Barbara Allen Wilson, 52, of Goode, faced one charge for taking in excess of $200 from the school during the time period Aug. 25, 2007, to March 31, 2008.

  • New digital images improve X-ray use at BMH

    Bedford Memorial's radiology department's switch to digital X-rays is providing a number of advantages, according to hospital officials.

    Don Updike, the hospital's director of imaging services, said that a major advantage is that a digital image can be enhanced for interpretation.

    “That's a huge plus for our radiologists,” he said.

  • Camp plans opposed

    A plan by Garland Simmons to build a 16-acre campground, with five cabins, doesn't sit well with a number of his neighbors. The campground is off Meador Spur Road. Members of the Bedford County Planning Commission also had questions about it when the request for the necessary special use permit came before them Monday night.

  • About recounts

    In Virginia, there are no automatic recounts; only the presumptive losing candidate can ask for a recount; and only in cases where the difference between the apparent winning and losing candidate is not more than 1 percent of the total votes cast for the two candidates. The apparent loser cannot request a recount until after the election is certified.

  • You don't need to leave to succeed, notes local businessman

    Local businessman Ronnie Miller notes that it's not necessary to leave the Bedford area to succeed.

    Miller spoke at the local NAACP's annual Freedom Fund banquet, held at the Peaks of Otter Association's building on Shiloh Church Road. Local NAACP branches across the country hold Freedom Fund banquets to celebrate the past and continue the organization's legacy. Proceeds from the Bedford Branch's banquet are used for local scholarships. The NAACP, itself, is at a historic juncture and will celebrate its centennial next year.