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  • 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.

  • Goode calls for broad brush approach on energy

    Incumbent 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode believes the best approach to the energy challenge is to do everything.

    Goode, who has represented the 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 1996, stopped by the Bulletin’s office recently on his way to the Bedford Area YMCA. Goode was in town to attend the Y’s success in landing a $700,000 federal department of education grant.

    He is being challenged this year by Democratic candidate Tom Perriello for the 5th Congressional District seat.

  • Cintas implements environmental efforts

    According to James Mercadante, it’s profitable to “be green.”

    And, he said, it’s also a sign of being a good neighbor to the community.

    Cintas Corporation has implemented a variety of environmentally-friendly practices and business ventures to its uniform rental service, including its recent announcement that the business has become the first major industrial launderer to transition to an environmentally-friendly detergent.

  • Board considers changes to ranking system

    Beginning in 2010, the top 10 designation for graduating seniors may be eliminated by the Bedford County School System as part of an effort to change that selection process.

  • Bedford County man recalls role of Mighty Midgets

    Pete Jensen, a Bedford County man, made a pilgrimage recently to Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif., for a ceremony honoring the last of the Mighty Midgets.

    Mighty Midget was the name given to a class of Navy vessels developed late in World War II. They were the craft that everybody wished they’d had at D-Day. Based on the LCS hull, a type of large landing craft, these vessels could accompany landing craft right to the shore during an amphibious assault.

  • Supervisors consider cell tower requests

    Two cell tower applications met different reactions when they came before the board of supervisors, Monday night.

  • Parents choose to keep students at Bedford Primary, Elementary

    Though they had the opportunity to send their children to another school, parents of students at Bedford Elementary and Bedford Primary schools are happy to have their students stay just where they are.

    "I think what we heard is that people in Bedford just really trust the principals and staff at those two schools," said Karen Woodford, literacy development specialist with Bedford County Public Schools. "They just really love their schools."