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  • 2nd concert to benefit restaurant’s employees is this Saturday

    The second of two benefit concerts to help employees of Olde Liberty Station takes place at Liberty High School this Saturday.

        Olde Liberty Station was destroyed in a fire in September.

        The concert features Second Flyte, a local Byrds tribute band. This is no fly-by-night group. The band’s Web site contains a glowing endorsement by Chris Hillman, one of the three surviving members of the original ‘60s rock band.

  • School board may conduct benefits audit of employees

    At the request of School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler, Bedford County Public Schools may hire a firm to conduct a benefits audit of its employees.

        Hostutler brought up the proposal during a comment session at last Thursday’s school board meeting. “I bet it would be pretty eye-opening,” he said of what he believes would be discovered.

  • Honoring our veterans

    The armistice that ended World War I took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In years following that war’s end, Nov. 11 came to be known as Armistice Day. In the ‘50s, President Dwight Eisenhower made it a national holiday named Veterans Day.

        For the third year in a row, Bedford Middle School has held a special program honoring area veterans. Laura Kitts, a teacher there, has spearheaded the annual event and her husband, Col. Charles Kitts, was one of the speakers.

  • Planning commission approves business

    Moneta is closer to getting a new business.

  • 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.