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  • Safety day slated for Centerfest

    As always, public safety will be a major feature of Centerfest.

        According to Capt. Jim Bennett, of the Bedford City Police Department, this year’s public safety displays will be on South Street and flow into the parking lot behind the County Administration Building.

        City Police and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will be there. Along with displays, they plan demonstrations.

        “We are going to do the airbag sled demo,” said Bennett.

  • New LHS principal starts Monday

    New Liberty High School Principal Mary Brandon will be initiated by fire as she starts her first week at the school on Monday.

        Next week is spirit week at the school.

        “I feel that it’s an honor for me to come here,” she told LHS teachers and staff this week as she met with them after school on Monday. “I believe that the job that you all and I do is the second most important job in the world. Parenting is the most important.”

  • N.C. man faces dog fighting charges

    A two month interstate undercover investigation has led to the arrest in Bedford of a North Carolina man on animal fighting charges. 

        On Saturday, Sept. 19, members of the Bedford County Animal Control and field deputies, assisted by the Humane Society of the United States, seized five pit bull dogs in cages from the Best Western Motel in Bedford.

  • Volunteers help regional parks take shape

        Moneta Park is taking shape.

        And much of the success has been because of the efforts of volunteers, organizations and businesses providing funding and labor for the project.

        Moneta Park, located off Rucker Road, is one of four regional parks planned or under construction in Bedford County. One of the driving forces behind the Moneta effort has been that of Wayne Shepherd, who has served as a volunteer site manager for the project.

  • New principal at LHS named

    The Bedford County School Board has named Mary Howlett-Brandon of Stafford as the new principal at Liberty High School.

        Howlett-Brandon comes to Bedford County from Stafford County. She takes over for Dr. Cherie Whitehurst who was named last month as the school system's assistant superintendent.

        The school board announced the appointment at Thursday night's meeting.

  • Moneta man dies in construction accident

    A construction accident off Falling Creek Road in Bedford County claimed the life of an employee installing a septic system Friday afternoon.

        At 1:45 p.m. today, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received the call reporting the accident at 4177 Falling Creek Rd., involving a trench collapse.  The caller advised that a man was trapped in the collapse. Rescue workers and deputies were sent to the scene arriving at 1:54 p.m.

  • End of an era

    Murray & Bolling Chevrolet has had a Chevy dealership franchise for more than 70 years. That’s gone now. Its last day is Oct. 5.

        “Other than that, how’s the play, Mr. Lincoln,” was Richard Bolling’s comment when asked about his feelings about this. Bolling and his father, Onex, form the Bolling portion of the dealership.

  • Flag dedication held

        Woodmen of the World locally marked 9/11 by dedicating a flag and flag pole at Mountain View Union Church, located off U. S. 460 just west of Bedford.

        “We started this on the first anniversary of 9/11,” said Davis Dowdy, president of the Woodmen Lodge in Thaxton. “This makes our eighth consecutive year.”

  • No cuts in K-12 education

        “The revenue picture has continued to deteriorate,” says Delegate Lacey Putney.

  • City electric bills to be lower

    While much of the talk lately has been about tough economic times, Bedford City Council voted last week to take a little of the pressure off its electric customers, reducing customers’ bills by about 5 percent for the next six months.

        Council voted unanimously on the measure which lessens the hourly charge on kilowatt usage. The change will be in effect for at least six months until the next power adjustment is reviewed.