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  • Not yet finished

    For Dr. James Blevins, making the decision ? and announcement ? of his retirement as superintendent of Bedford County Schools was emotional.

    And though that decision is now public, he also knows his work for the school system isn't yet finished. As Shirley McCabe pointed out at last week's board meeting, there's still a budget yet to do.

    "I want to make sure I continue to do what the board wants," he said.

  • Tractor rolls over injuring farmer

    The owner of Scott's Strawberry Farm was injured Thursday afternoon when a tractor he was using rolled over on him at his farm off Joppa Mill Road in Moneta.

    Sixty-three-year-old J.D. Scott was airlifted by MedFlight III to Lynchburg General Hospital from the scene in serious condition. As many as 50 emergency personnel from multiple agencies joined in the rescue effort, that took about an hour and a half to free him out from under the tractor.

  • Blevins announces retirement as school superintendent

    After 10 years with the Bedford County School System, School Superintendent Dr. James Blevins has announced plans to step down at the end of the school year.

    "The Bedford County School Board would like to thank Dr. Blevins for his over 10 yeras of service to the students of Bedford County and we wish him well in his retirement after 38 years in education," School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler said."

  • Breaking: Tractor rolls over on man

    A man in his 60s was injured Thursday afternoon when a tractor he was using rolled over on him at Scott's Strawberry Farm in Moneta. The man was airlifted by MedFlight 3 to Lynchburg General Hospital. As many as 50 emergency personnel from multiple agencies joined in the rescue effort, that took about an hour and a half to free the man out from under the tractor. The man was conscious while he was being extricated. He had been pinned by the tractor's steering wheel. Some other workers on the farm heard him yelling for help.

  • Tractor rolls over on man

    A man in his 60s was injured Thursday afternoon when a tractor he was using rolled over on him at Scott's Strawberry Farm in Moneta. The man was airlifted by MedFlight 3 to Lynchburg General Hospital. As many as 50 emergency personnel from multiple agencies joined in the rescue effort, that took about an hour and a half to free the man out from under the tractor. The man was conscious while he was being extricated. He had been pinned by the tractor's steering wheel. Some other workers on the farm heard him yelling for help.

  • Wireless network reaches Centertown

    Beginning this week, Centertown Park is officially connected to the Internet.

    After a year of planning, a wireless system has been installed in Centertown that will service the park area. In essence, folks can bring their laptops or PDAs to the park and connect to the Internet if they choose.

    "I think it will be a useful tool," noted Linda Exley, executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc. "Putting wi-fi in Centertown is going to help our merchants as well as those visiting."

  • Moneta now has a farmers' market

    Although the summer is over, Moneta's new farmer's market has new offerings coming.

    According to Mantana Heim, apples from Gross' and Kennedy's Orchards will be available. During peach season, the market featured fresh peaches, harvested the day of the market, provided by Skinnell's, another Bedford County orchard.

    The market is open on the second and fourth Saturday's of each month and sets up in a section of the Moneta Library's parking lot, behind the library building. It's open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Heim currently has 13 vendors selling a variety of products.

  • Three men charged in connection with thefts of catalytic converters

    Two Roanoke men and one Bedford County man have been arrested and charged in connection with property damage and stealing catalytic converters from two businesses in Bedford County.

    On Aug. 29, Bobby E. Taylor, 38, of Roanoke, and Gregory D. Brown, 53, of Roanoke, were arrested just after midnight while allegedly attempting to steal catalytic converters from Sydisco Salvage, located on Quarterwood Road in Montvale. Both men were charged with destroying private property, trespassing and attempting to steal a catalytic converter.

  • Supervisors approve cell tower for Bowyer's Loop; set to expand landfill

    Bedford County's supervisors approved, by a 5-2 vote Monday, a request for a special use permit to build a cell tower on a site on Bowyer's Loop. Bowyer's Loop is adjacent to Va. 122.

    A public hearing was held on Aug. 25 and a number of nearby property owners spoke against it. Some supervisors expressed concern about the tower's visibility. Board Chairman Steve Arrington was absent that night and the supervisors chose to delay action until a full board was present.

  • Putting on your best face

    Cancer can be a different journey for everyone. Patients not only must deal with the disease, they must also cope with the side effects of the treatment. These can include the loss of hair and eyebrows as well as skin changes.