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  • Microboard concept allows family to make sure loved one's needs met

    Providing for a severely disabled child who will require lifetime care is a challenge for a family. Harvey Clarke, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and engineer, found a solution that works for his daughter.

    Clarke's 34-year-old daughter, Melanie, has cerebral palsy, the result of oxygen deprivation during birth. The resulting damage left her able to think just fine, but unable to control her body. She can't live without a caregiver and Harvey Clarke, who is 71, and his wife won't be able to do this forever.

  • Reenactment brings war correspondent back to life

    Ernie Pyle paid Liberty High School a visit last week.

  • Sheriff earns state honor

    According to Nathaniel Young, director of the Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement, Bedford County has the best record in the state when it comes to parents paying court-ordered child support.

  • Event highlights work of Farm Bureau

    According to Stephanie White, Bedford County's project manager for 21st Century Agricultural Curriculum, Virginia Tech has a two-year agriculture program because of Farm Bureau. White was the keynote speaker for Farm Bureau's local dinner meeting last week.

  • Big Island woman pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    A Big Island woman pleaded guilty to 13 felony embezzlement charges during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday.

    Christina Carmichael Poore, 38, was arrested in April. She originally faced 27 embezzlement charges that spanned a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she was accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.

    As part of the plea agreement, 14 of the charges weren't prosecuted.

  • JFHS senior tapped for U.S. Army High School All-American Marching Band

    There was a time when Greg Thompson had a hard time playing even a note with a trumpet.

    But that was years ago, when he first took up the instrument as a fourth-grader. Today, the Jefferson Forest High School senior is an accomplished All-American musician, lauded for his playing, work ethic and leadership.

  • Moose join fight against Internet predators

    Wes Crowder and Paula Brazell dropped by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office to present a check for $11,245.

    Crowder and Brazell are officials with the Virginia Moose Association and the check represents money that the Moose collected in this state for the Safe Surfin' Foundation. Safe Surfin' is the educational arm of Operation Blue Ridge Thunder and its purpose is to educate children and teens about the dangers lurking in cyberspace.

  • All tied up in history

    Bedford's library system has a history exhibit that's fit to be tied: aprons.

    The aprons come from CeCe Guida's collection which she has been assembling for 30 years and date from an example from the 1870s up to modern pieces. Some are displayed on dresses of the same vintage as the apron. One, a linen apron from 1901 is displayed on a long brown cotton dress with puffy shoulders made for a small woman with a narrow waist.

  • Most local bankers offer assurances during these turbulent times on Wall Stree

    With unpleasant developments from the financial sector dominating the recent news, local citizens may be justly concerned about what it all means to them.

    Certainly, a government-driven bailout of Wall Street will translate into higher taxes somewhere down the road.

    Naturally, downturns in the stock market will negatively impact a great number of individual investors, including those with individual retirement accounts or 401(k)s.

  • Council to consider eliminating decal fees

    Following the lead of surrounding communities — including a recent decision by Bedford County — Bedford City Council will consider dropping its vehicle decals and fees.

    But don't expect for that to mean less taxes. In fact, if approved, the city will likely raise personal property taxes to offset the loss of revenue of eliminating the decal fees.