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  • Butt out

        Bedford Memorial Hospital is a smoke-free facility.

        Smoking is prohibited both inside the hospital and on the grounds. Nevertheless BMH has a problem with cigarette butts littering the grounds. This year the hospital held a spring clean-up.
         Employees took a break from their regular work and went outside to police the grounds last week, on April 4 and 5. About 20 employees participated.

  • Goal, mission still the same

    Back in December, the board of the  Bedford Hospice House, Inc. announced its facility off Falling Creek Road was suspending operations in order to reorganize and find a workable business plan.
        Four months later the board continues to work with possible partners to fulfill that goal and the organization’s mission, according to volunteer Board President Jeffrey Fulgham.

  • Stirring up some brew

        Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest celebrated the 270th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth with a craft beer tasting.

  • Bombing hits close to home

        Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon struck close to home for Bedford County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock—Wheelock’s sister, Jessica Doyle was one of the more than 23,000 participants.
        “She’s fine,” Wheelock said of his sister, who had finished the race about 30 minutes before the first of two explosions.

  • Chief Day recovering

    Bedford Police Chief Jim Day is back at work, though he’s still recovering from injuries he received after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Va. 43 on April 6.

        Tuesday was his first day back on the job; he will work half days this week and probably come back full-time on Monday.
        “We’ll just see how these next couple of days go,” he said of his recovery.

  • Bulletin update: Ball to run as Constitution Party candidate for 19th House District

    Joshua Ball, 25 of Bedford announced his candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates last week, seeking the seat in the 19th district being vacated by long-time independent Delegate Lacey Putney.

    Ball, a pastor in the Bedford area, announced his candidacy at the Bedford County Administration Building flanked by family and friends. He has secured the nomination of the Constitution Party of Virginia.

  • Survey marking county’s agricultural landmarks

        The Bedford Historical Society embarked on a detailed survey of Bedford County’s agricultural history at the beginning of the year.

        According to Betty Gereau, a member of the Bedford Historical Society’s board of directors, a 1998 architectural survey stated that Bedford County contains some of the finest historic rural architecture in Virginia. Gereu stated in a news release that several rural historic studies have been done since then, but none have specifically addressed barns and agricultural outbuildings.

  • CASA volunteers do their best to help save them, 'one child at a time'

        After a career as a sales/marketing manager, Michel Kordich was ready to retire—and volunteer. An experience she had shortly before retiring led her to become a CASA volunteer.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a volunteer that the Juvenile and Domestic Relations court judge can appoint when he’s handling a case that involves children. The CASA investigates the children’s needs and prepares a report for the judge.

  • Kowalchuk carried the banner for WWII nurses

        A Huddleston woman who made her mark as a flight nurse during World War II and a volunteer here in Bedford County died Sunday night.

        Evelyn Kowalchuk, 93, served as a flight nurse during World War II and landed on the beaches of Normandy just three days after D-Day in her service as a nurse.
        Kowalchuk was born in Jersey City, N.J.  She obtained her R.N. Degree in October 1941 from Newark Memorial Hospital and entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 1, 1942. 

  • Ware to serve 12 months in jail

    By Tom Wilmoth

    For justice to be served, 67-year-old Earl Anthony Ware needed to spend some time in jail, stated Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike during a sentencing hearing Monday.
    “I have seen people go to jail for stealing a cheap bottle of wine,” Judge Updike explained in handing out the 12 month jail sentence to the former Bedford County supervisor, found guilty earlier this year of stealing close to $300,000 from a widow, children and firefighters.
    And with that, he ordered Ware into immediate custody.