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  • Moving some dirt in New London

    The groundbreaking in New London, Friday, was a big event. It was so big that it brought state and local officials, representatives of major corporations and an official from Virginia Tech who came in from Blacksburg. It was so big that Sheriff Mike Brown was personally directing traffic.

        The groundbreaking was for the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) facility at the New London Business and Technology Center. The $7.6 million building is being paid for by a Tobacco Commission grant.

  • Sue Montgomery retires from county

        Friday morning, Oct. 30, was Sue Montgomery’s last day on the job.

        Montgomery, Bedford County’s director of economic development, has retired. She has worked for Bedford County for 20 years.

        “First, I’m going to take a long break,” Montgomery commented that Thursday evening.

  • Winter hours won't change at D-Day Memorial

    According to Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, the Memorial will remain open on its normal schedule this winter.

        Dr. McIntosh said the Foundation goes through an evaluation process every year, looking at its circumstances and deciding if it’s feasible to remain open.

        “This is a regular process that most businesses associated with outdoor activities go through,” he said.

  • Vendors learn about ways to improve Farmers Market

    Those in Bedford who would like to see a thriving Farmers Market heard Monday just how successful one can be.

        Tom Womack, a farm producer who has been involved in the successful Staunton/Augusta County market for a number of years, told the 15 in attendance of that market’s growth. It now draws, at peak times, some 40 vendors on a Saturday morning who serve up to 3,000 customers a day. In all, that market will account for close to $400,000 in sales this season.

        But it wasn’t always that way.

  • Putney reelected; Republicans sweep top three state offices

        Tuesday, Nov. 3 proved to be a good day for Republicans as their candidates made a sweep of the top state offices by solid margins. Bob McDonnell became Virginia's 71st governor, defeating Democrat Creigh Deeds by 1,100,470 votes to 774,676. 59 percent of those voting in the gubernatorial race preferred McDonnell.

         Bill Bolling was reelected for another term as lieutenant governor with 1,086,145 votes, defeating Democrat Jody Wagoner, who got 836,203. Voters preferred Bolling by a margin of 56.46 percent to 43.46 percent.

  • Bedford resident drops out of race for Republican nod

    Brad Rees, an Appomattox County native and Bedford resident, announced last week that he is no longer seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Congressman Tom Perriello in next year’s election. Rees was one of several people seeking the Republicans’ nod to try to unseat Perriello.

  • Bedford has a new postmaster

    The new job for Bedford’s new postmaster represents both something new and a lot that’s familiar.

        Cindy Sours took charge on Sept. 3, replacing May Massie who retired this year. She comes from the Rocky Mount post office where she served as the supervisor. According to Sours, the supervisor is the second in command at the post office, working directly under the postmaster. So, becoming Bedford’s postmaster was a step up for her.

  • All-Americans

    For the second year in a row, Jefferson Forest High School’s (JFHS) marching band will be represented in the U. S. Army All-American Marching Band. The Band performs at the U. S. Army All-American Bowl during half-time on Jan. 9.

  • 'Tuesday Mourning'

        The Waynesboro Players, a community theater group in Waynesboro is kicking off its season with a play about Bedford’s D-Day experience.

        It’s called “Tuesday Mourning” and it got started when Duane Hahn read Alex Kershaw’s book “The Bedford Boys.” Hahn has been with the Waynesboro Players for 40 years and has written plays before. The book inspired him to do a play about these men.

  • Bedford chips in to help a neighbor

    Since a major fire derailed Olde Liberty Station, efforts have been underway to help the restaurant’s staff who were left unemployed. Corey Crompton, the city’s IT manager, notes that unemployment benefits don’t do much for waiters and waitresses. Crompton said that the fire affected 50 people.

        Crompton’s involvement in this effort is as a member of the band Generic Folk, one of three bands that will perform a benefit concert for Olde Liberty Station employees at the Bower Center on Nov. 14.