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Local News

  • Votes clear way for Hospice House to proceed

    Votes by Bedford County’s supervisors and planning commission, at a joint meeting Thursday night, cleared the way for Bedford Hospice House Inc., a non-profit organization, to start building.

  • Keeping Bedford Beautiful

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission honored some of the folks, last week, who helped keep Bedford beautiful.

  • SML shoreline management plan

    A public informational meeting was held last week on a shoreline management plan for Smith Mountain Lake.

        The meeting was held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish with stations manned by members of a steering committee that has been established to help review the plan along with representatives of Appalachian Power. The meeting was held to gather public information and was held in an open house format that allowed residents to come in and talk during the scheduled time. A steady stream of people came through in spite of heavy rain.

  • 2nd concert to benefit restaurant’s employees is this Saturday

    The second of two benefit concerts to help employees of Olde Liberty Station takes place at Liberty High School this Saturday.

        Olde Liberty Station was destroyed in a fire in September.

        The concert features Second Flyte, a local Byrds tribute band. This is no fly-by-night group. The band’s Web site contains a glowing endorsement by Chris Hillman, one of the three surviving members of the original ‘60s rock band.

  • School board may conduct benefits audit of employees

    At the request of School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler, Bedford County Public Schools may hire a firm to conduct a benefits audit of its employees.

        Hostutler brought up the proposal during a comment session at last Thursday’s school board meeting. “I bet it would be pretty eye-opening,” he said of what he believes would be discovered.

  • Honoring our veterans

    The armistice that ended World War I took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In years following that war’s end, Nov. 11 came to be known as Armistice Day. In the ‘50s, President Dwight Eisenhower made it a national holiday named Veterans Day.

        For the third year in a row, Bedford Middle School has held a special program honoring area veterans. Laura Kitts, a teacher there, has spearheaded the annual event and her husband, Col. Charles Kitts, was one of the speakers.

  • Planning commission approves business

    Moneta is closer to getting a new business.

  • Moving some dirt in New London

    The groundbreaking in New London, Friday, was a big event. It was so big that it brought state and local officials, representatives of major corporations and an official from Virginia Tech who came in from Blacksburg. It was so big that Sheriff Mike Brown was personally directing traffic.

        The groundbreaking was for the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) facility at the New London Business and Technology Center. The $7.6 million building is being paid for by a Tobacco Commission grant.

  • Sue Montgomery retires from county

        Friday morning, Oct. 30, was Sue Montgomery’s last day on the job.

        Montgomery, Bedford County’s director of economic development, has retired. She has worked for Bedford County for 20 years.

        “First, I’m going to take a long break,” Montgomery commented that Thursday evening.

  • Winter hours won't change at D-Day Memorial

    According to Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, the Memorial will remain open on its normal schedule this winter.

        Dr. McIntosh said the Foundation goes through an evaluation process every year, looking at its circumstances and deciding if it’s feasible to remain open.

        “This is a regular process that most businesses associated with outdoor activities go through,” he said.