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  • D-Day Memorial dedicates chapel site

    The National D-Day Memorial consecrated a site for field chapel services, Monday on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, using a liturgy from the 1940 Service and Song Book for Soldiers and Sailors.

    This service had a familiar quality to people familiar with Anglican worship forms. Dr. William McIntosh, the D-Day Memorial Foundation's director, said that this World War II service book derived a great deal from Episcopalian liturgy.

  • Tax measure passes

    Bedford County's supervisors voted last week to accept a plan to eliminate personal property tax decals.

    The measure passed unanimously although two supervisors, District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer and District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek had reservations about it. Board Chairman Steve Arrrington and District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard were absent.

  • Big Island man receives 45 year sentence

    A Big Island man will spend the next 45 years in prison for sodomizing six children, some younger than 6 years old.

    Gregory D. Burton, 36, was sentenced in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for 13 counts of forcible sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery. Burton had entered Alford pleas on the charges this summer. An Alford plea, which carries the same effect as a guilty plea, meant Burton didn't admit his guilt, but felt the plea was in his best interest.

    He continued to maintain his innocence at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.

  • Big Island student diagnosed with MRSA

    Bedford County Public Schools had its first confirmed case of MRSA this year, according to Ryan Edwards, the school division's spokesman.

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a stain of Staphylococcus aureus, a common type of bacteria, that has developed a resistance to a large family of antibiotics that includes methicillin and penicillin. It is, however, treatable by other types of antibiotics.

  • Flash drive taken to school leads to child porn convictions

    A flash drive that was plugged into a computer at Liberty High School has led to a conviction of possession of child pornography against a Bedford man.

    David Shannon Caldwell, 24, pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday to six counts of possessing child pornography. The charges stem from an incident in May 2007 in which a student at LHS gave a school secretary a flash drive to run off a school assignment. According to the charges, when the secretary plugged the flash drive into her computer, pornographic images appeared.

  • The Ghosts of Avenel?

    Avenel is an antebellum plantation house has stood since 1838. Sue Soreno of Ghostec believes that some of its former residents may have left something behind, something of themselves.

    Ghostec, which Soreno and a few others formed three years ago, investigates paranormal activity — ghosts. She believes a ghost is what is left after a person's body dies — a field of energy, collected in one place, that contains the person's personality.

  • Warner stops by Bedford on campaign trail

    Former Governor Mark Warner, who is seeking the seat of retiring Senator John Warner (no relation), believes that the House's failure to pass a financial rescue package, Monday, will have an impact that goes beyond Wall Street.

    “It was an embarrassment yesterday,” said Warner, who had stopped by Centerfest on Saturday, during a follow-up phone interview, Tuesday.

  • Charges reduced, Bedford man receives probation

    A Bedford man, who had entered no contest pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court in February to charges that he solicited sex from a minor he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, received probation after the charges were reduced during a sentencing hearing Tuesday.

  • Bedford girl has Africa in her heart

    A mission trip to Africa may be turning into something more that short-term for a Bedford County teen.

    Renee Bach was two months past her 18th birthday when she landed at Entebbe Airport, outside Kampala, Uganda, on Sept. 18, 2007. She came as a short-term missionary to work in an orphanage. The experience she got was more than a culture shock.

    "I was supposed to be picked up by the orphanage I was going to," she said. "When I arrived, there was no driver."

  • UFO conference to be held at Lake this weekend

    The Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) will hold a conference at Mariners Landing this weekend. It starts, Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m.

    According to Susan Swiatek, state director for MUFON's Virginia chapter, MUFON is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization that promotes the scientific study of UFOs. Swiatek said the national organization maintains a case management system that allows the public to report sightings and investigators to update information on sightings. She said the database is still evolving.