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Local News

  • Bedford Alzheimer’s support group folds

        Bedford’s Alzheimer’s support group has folded. The group held its last meeting in November, according to Cindy BonDurant. BonDurant is regional director for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

        BonDurant said that the Bedford group, which held meetings on the third Monday of each month at 3 p.m., had zero attendance month after month for the last two years. That mystifies her.

  • Letters

    Some things need to change

        I read the article in last weeks paper about the cock fighting.

        The Humane Society of the United States is a wonderful organization that fights to protect animal rights and has support from people from all walks of life that send whatever donation they can.

        People now have access to newspapers, T.V. and the Internet and know more of what is going on than they did years ago.

  • Council re-elects Tharp as mayor

        Bedford City Council will have plenty on its plate the next year as it considers whether to revert to town status and works to balance a budget in these tough economic times. Monday night council officially began its work for the year by swearing in those council members who were elected in November — including first-time member Steve Rush — and by re-electing Skip Tharp as the city’s mayor.

  • Getting Alarmed

    A state grant is making it possible for the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department to install free smoke detectors.

        The grant is from the Virginia Department of Health and has allowed the fire department to buy 500 smoke detectors. It also paid for tools to install the detectors and nine volt lithium batteries, according to Kenny Taggart, who is heading up the program. Taggart said that the grant requires these batteries, allegedly good for 10 years, rather than less expensive batteries.

  • School board facing millions in funding cuts

        With Bedford County Schools expected to receive about $5 million less in state funding than last year, this year’s budget process is expected to be a challenge. That process will get underway this week as the school board holds a work session Thursday afternoon and then a public hearing on the budget that evening.

        “We’re looking at almost every single line item and every program,” stated Randy Hagler, director of finance for the school system. “It’s going to be a pretty difficult year.”

  • State budget will challenge General Assembly

    Virginia’s General Assembly will face a serious budgetary challenge when it convenes in Richmond on Jan. 14.

        “The picture is not pretty,” commented Delegate Lacey Putney, chairman of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.

        The Appropriations Committee, one of 14 standing Committees of Virginia’s  House of Delegates, has jurisdiction over state budget matters, according to the committee’s Web site.

  • Roosters turned over to county at hearing

        A Bedford County man facing charges for selling roosters for cockfighting will have to post a bond of $8,000 if he hopes to get the 40 birds confiscated from his property back.

  • Caged

    A Bedford County man is facing charges for selling roosters for cockfighting, following his arrest last week as part of a pre-Christmas round-up of criminals in the county.

  • Sheriff cites Bullet ad for arrests

    An advertisement, placed by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in The Bullet earlier this fall, is being credited by Sheriff Mike Brown as a catalyst to numerous arrests since it appeared, including several announced last week in a pre-Christmas round-up.

        During a news conference last Tuesday, the sheriff announced charges against 18 different individuals. Most of those charges involved the distribution of drugs including    marijuana,   cocaine and heroin.

  • Boone wins Athena Award

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce selected the area’s Athena Award from a field of nine nominees. The winner was announced at the Chamber’s annual Women of Influence Luncheon earlier this month.

        The winner was Mary Jo Boone. Boone, who serves as CEO of the Bedford Area YMCA, was nominated by a number of people associated with the Y.