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  • Wireless network reaches Centertown

    Beginning this week, Centertown Park is officially connected to the Internet.

    After a year of planning, a wireless system has been installed in Centertown that will service the park area. In essence, folks can bring their laptops or PDAs to the park and connect to the Internet if they choose.

    "I think it will be a useful tool," noted Linda Exley, executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc. "Putting wi-fi in Centertown is going to help our merchants as well as those visiting."

  • Moneta now has a farmers' market

    Although the summer is over, Moneta's new farmer's market has new offerings coming.

    According to Mantana Heim, apples from Gross' and Kennedy's Orchards will be available. During peach season, the market featured fresh peaches, harvested the day of the market, provided by Skinnell's, another Bedford County orchard.

    The market is open on the second and fourth Saturday's of each month and sets up in a section of the Moneta Library's parking lot, behind the library building. It's open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Heim currently has 13 vendors selling a variety of products.

  • Three men charged in connection with thefts of catalytic converters

    Two Roanoke men and one Bedford County man have been arrested and charged in connection with property damage and stealing catalytic converters from two businesses in Bedford County.

    On Aug. 29, Bobby E. Taylor, 38, of Roanoke, and Gregory D. Brown, 53, of Roanoke, were arrested just after midnight while allegedly attempting to steal catalytic converters from Sydisco Salvage, located on Quarterwood Road in Montvale. Both men were charged with destroying private property, trespassing and attempting to steal a catalytic converter.

  • Supervisors approve cell tower for Bowyer's Loop; set to expand landfill

    Bedford County's supervisors approved, by a 5-2 vote Monday, a request for a special use permit to build a cell tower on a site on Bowyer's Loop. Bowyer's Loop is adjacent to Va. 122.

    A public hearing was held on Aug. 25 and a number of nearby property owners spoke against it. Some supervisors expressed concern about the tower's visibility. Board Chairman Steve Arrington was absent that night and the supervisors chose to delay action until a full board was present.

  • Putting on your best face

    Cancer can be a different journey for everyone. Patients not only must deal with the disease, they must also cope with the side effects of the treatment. These can include the loss of hair and eyebrows as well as skin changes.

  • The real CSI

    The students who returned to Bedford County's schools recently had a variety of summer experiences.

    For one group of middle schoolers and high school students, the summer included a week of crime scene investigation.

    The day camp was held at Central Virginia Community College's Bedford facility. Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Krantz said that each day covered one of the forensic sciences, and the general science behind it.

  • Effort yields arrests, traffic violations

    A recent DUI sobriety checkpoint, held on Aug. 30, yielded numerous traffic violations and even some criminal activity.

    According to authorities, some 75 traffic summonses or arrests were a result of the effort on Route 24 the end of last month.

    The checkpoint was a joint effort between the Virginia State Police and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, according to First Sgt. Michael Bailey with the State Police.

  • Accident Friday sends five to hospital

    A three-car accident on Va. 122, north of Liberty High School, sent five people to area hospitals Friday afternoon. Traffic backed up for more than an hour as the road was closed following the accident which occurred around 3:20 p.m. One of the vehicles, a black Nissan Altima, was sideswiped by another vehicle, a white Nissan Maxima, which was traveling on the wrong side of the road trying to make a pass, according to Va. State Trooper J. E. Edgell. The Altima went over the embankment, flipping several times.

  • Armed robbery being investigated

    Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating an armed robbery at the Apple Market located at 4640 Stewartsville Road, Moneta.

    At 9:29 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Apple Market located at the intersection of Stewartsville Road and Stony Fork Road reporting an armed robbery. After arriving on the scene, the clerk advised deputies that a man wearing camouflage clothing, a mask over his face, black gloves and dark glasses entered the store armed with a knife.

  • 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.