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  • Day camp focuses on performing arts

    Last month, Little Town Players (LTP) gave 27 local youth a chance to learn about theater by doing.

    Every summer LTP holds a theater camp. According to Mickey VanDerwerker, who along with Margie Skalka, runs the day camp, they can only take 20 campers. The problem is the camp is so popular that they hate turning youth away and often fudge that number. There are limits, however. VanDerwerker said that if they get too many youth, it diminishes the learning experience.

  • History you can sink your teeth into

    A group of children from Body camp Elementary School had an opportunity to learn about gardening and history this summer.

    This is the second year the National D-Day Memorial has grown a victory garden. Each year, the garden is grown by local children.

    Victory gardens were part of the homefront during World War II. The idea of the victory gardens was to put more land into cultivation by encouraging people to turn backyards into gardens, growing part of their own food supply.

  • Hardy man gets 8 years for punching child

    A Hardy man will spend the next eight years in jail after being sentenced Friday for fracturing the skull of a 17-month-old child.

    In sentencing Robert Lewis Evans, 24, for child abuse and malicious wounding, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike said the case was one of the most reprehensible he had seen while serving in the court, and sentenced Evans above the guidelines in the case.

  • Planning commission seeks more information before taking action on religious assembly report

    Although Planning Commission Chairman Frederic Fralick was ready Monday to take the Religious Assembly Committee report to a public hearing, other members were not so sure.

    District 5 Planning Commissioner Steve Stevick was the first to question the report, objecting to language in the definitions section of the report.

    The first paragraph defines a religious assembly and then states: "Such Assembly is a protected right under the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, and further guarded by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 as amended."

  • Recreation area dedicated to Vic Thomas

    State dignitaries, local residents and members of the late Delegate Vic Thomas, turned out on a hot Friday afternoon to dedicate the recreation area at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Thomas's honor. The recreation area is the finger of land extending into the lake and includes the beach.

    "This was very near and dear to his heart," commented his wife, Dot Thomas.

    She said that Delegate Thomas had a vision for the park, the beach and the cabins. The couple frequently came to the park while the beach was under construction, checking out the progress.

  • Road closed this week

    Please be advised that 4th Street between Macon Street and West Main Street in the City of Bedford will be closed to all traffic beginning at 7:00 AM on August 4, 2008 until August 8th, 2008 to install a new storm water drainage pipe. Detours will be established using Summit Street and Macon Street.

  • New London cannery opens its doors for the season

    The New London Cannery kicked off the canning season with an open house last week.

    Located behind New London Academy, the cannery is designed to help people with large gardens to produce in quantity. Gardeners canning in quantity can get the whole job done in one morning.

    You buy your cans when you come in. These are regular tin cans, like you see on store shelves. The big difference is that when you're done, you know exactly what's in them because you put it there.

  • New substation will meet Forest needs

    Bedford County's supervisors gave a new American Electric Power (AEP) substation in the Forest area their unanimous approval.

    Called the Coffee Substation, it will be located on an 11 acre site on Old Farm Road, near Coffee Road. An existing 138,000 volt transmission line, which George Clemo, an attorney representing AEP, said had been there since the 1920s, crosses one side of the parcel. The towers on this line are 115 feet tall.

  • Employers given keys to deal with changing work force

    Employers need to be flexible to deal with a changing work force, according to Greg Roth a senior manager at the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW).

    Roth spoke last week at a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce seminar, part of the Chamber's Lunch & Learn Series. Roth's organization is an affiliate of the United States Chamber of Commerce. ICW, in collaboration with the Families and Work Institute and the Twiga Foundation, did a four year study on workplace flexibility. This study is what got the Chamber's attention and led to the invitation for Roth to speak.

  • Event raises funds for educational programs

    Sedalia Center rang to the sounds of bluegrass music this past weekend as the Bedford County Sheriff's Office held its fifth annual bluegrass festival.

    According to Sergeant David Marsh of the Sheriff's Office, this is one of two major fundraising events to support its educational programs such as GREAT, a school based program designed to encourage youth to stay away from drugs and gangs. A golf tournament is the other fundraising effort.