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  • Cuccinelli running for attorney general

    Although most people's attention is focused on this year's federal elections, Virginia will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in 2009.

    Ken Cuccinelli, a state senator from Northern Virginia, wants to be Virginia's next attorney general. First, however, Cuccinelli, a Republican, must get his party to nominate him. As part of that effort, he showed up in Bedford on the day that the county's Republicans opened the doors of their headquarters on North Bridge Street.

  • Goode calls for broad brush approach on energy

    Incumbent 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode believes the best approach to the energy challenge is to do everything.

    Goode, who has represented the 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 1996, stopped by the Bulletin’s office recently on his way to the Bedford Area YMCA. Goode was in town to attend the Y’s success in landing a $700,000 federal department of education grant.

    He is being challenged this year by Democratic candidate Tom Perriello for the 5th Congressional District seat.

  • Cintas implements environmental efforts

    According to James Mercadante, it’s profitable to “be green.”

    And, he said, it’s also a sign of being a good neighbor to the community.

    Cintas Corporation has implemented a variety of environmentally-friendly practices and business ventures to its uniform rental service, including its recent announcement that the business has become the first major industrial launderer to transition to an environmentally-friendly detergent.

  • Board considers changes to ranking system

    Beginning in 2010, the top 10 designation for graduating seniors may be eliminated by the Bedford County School System as part of an effort to change that selection process.

  • Bedford County man recalls role of Mighty Midgets

    Pete Jensen, a Bedford County man, made a pilgrimage recently to Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif., for a ceremony honoring the last of the Mighty Midgets.

    Mighty Midget was the name given to a class of Navy vessels developed late in World War II. They were the craft that everybody wished they’d had at D-Day. Based on the LCS hull, a type of large landing craft, these vessels could accompany landing craft right to the shore during an amphibious assault.

  • Supervisors consider cell tower requests

    Two cell tower applications met different reactions when they came before the board of supervisors, Monday night.

  • Parents choose to keep students at Bedford Primary, Elementary

    Though they had the opportunity to send their children to another school, parents of students at Bedford Elementary and Bedford Primary schools are happy to have their students stay just where they are.

    "I think what we heard is that people in Bedford just really trust the principals and staff at those two schools," said Karen Woodford, literacy development specialist with Bedford County Public Schools. "They just really love their schools."

  • Project's goal is to reduce teen accidents

    Before long, some teen drivers in Bedford County will be told about any bad driving habits by a monitor in their vehicle. The goal: Stop a problem before an accident occurs.

    Newly licensed teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than their adult counterparts, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. With that fact in mind, VTTI is partnering with the Bedford County and Montgomery County school systems in the Virginia Teen Driver Coach Safety Project.

  • Friends remember an outdoorsman

    It's been said that you can tell how well a man has lived his life by the number of people who attend his funeral.

    Gene Parker, who died of cancer at his home on Parker Road, must have lived very well, considering the fact that as many as 900 people passed through Tharp Funeral Home last week during visitation hours.

  • Fit for life: Funding gives program running start

    The target for fitness is 225 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

    YMCA executive director Mary Jo Boone noted, Friday, that although that's the goal, the national trend among youth is downward for physical activity and upward for obesity. The Carol M. White Physical Education Grant, a federal grant funded by Congress, is intended to combat that.