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  • Dominion’s Salem dealership closes; sales now focused in Bedford

    Chrysler’s decision to close 789 dealerships nationwide is giving Bob Kaplan the opportunity to focus his sales on the Bedford area.

        Kaplan owns Dominion of Bedford and, up until now, owned a Dodge dealership in Salem. The Salem dealership, which he has owned since 1976, was one of the franchises that got the ax.

        “You deal with changes that are put upon you,” Kaplan commented. “We can focus all our energies and sales work here.”

  • Dealing with the pain

    Eighteen months ago Katie Vann was an athlete on the Forest Middle School track team. Now she has trouble even walking.

  • Man pleads guilty in rooster case

    A 63-year-old Coleman Falls man pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting animal fighting, specifically roosters, in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday.

        Avery Fitzgerald will serve four months of a 12-month sentence in jail as part of the plea agreement. In addition, he won’t be able to purchase any more companion animals or roosters for two years. He is to report to jail on July 10.

  • Drill helps prepare responders for an actual emergency

    he accident to which firefighters, rescue squad members and city police responded to Friday morning wasn’t real. It was just a drill.

  • County water, sewer rates rise

    Bedford County’s water and sewer rates are going up, effective July 1.

        The new water rate will be $5 per 1,000 gallons, an 11 percent increase. Sewage will cost $6 per 1,000 gallons, a 20 percent increase. This follows a 5 percent increase in the water rate and a 14 percent increase in sewage rates last year.

        Why the back-to-back rate hikes?

  • Breaking: Council to fund Main Street program for six months

    Bedford Main Street, Inc. will receive funding from the city of Bedford for the next six months, but representatives from the organization must appear before city council in July to explain how they plan to reorganize.

  • Transition begins for new superintendent

    Dr. Douglas Schuch began in earnest last week the transition process to become the new superintendent of Bedford County Public Schools.

        Schuch was in Bedford visiting the county’s schools, meeting with principals and attending the school board meeting Thursday and high school graduations on Saturday. On Friday, he was officially sworn in for the superintendent’s position at the court house by Cathy C. Hogan, Clerk of the Circuit Court.

  • Conference features historian

    A conference, Overlord Echoes, held at Liberty University featured both scholars and D-Day veterans.  The veterans told about what they personally saw and experienced. The scholars gave the larger picture.

  • Local voters follow state in primary voting

    n spite of spending more than Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran put together, Terry McAullife scored only 26 percent of the vote in the primary that Virginia’s Democrats held to determine who their candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would be. Last Tuesday's primary results in the Bedford area were much like those in the rest of the state.

        Bedford County saw 1,635 people cast ballots, according to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. Creigh Deeds got 1,001 votes while McAullife got 453. Moran came in a distant third with 152 votes.

  • Bedford Humane Society purchases land for adoption center

    The Bedford Humane Society’s search for a suitable site on which to build its limited admission, no kill animal adoption center came to a close last Friday with the purchase of a 3.3 acre parcel of land on Ole Turnpike Drive.

         The property is the site of the former Bedford County Girl’s Home.  A preliminary site plan for a 6,000 square-foot animal shelter building was approved by the city of Bedford prior to acquisition of the parcel.