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  • Religious assembly report goes to planning commission

    The planning commission got its first look at a report with recommendations designed to make sure the county's zoning ordinance does not interfere with churches' right to worship.

    This became an issue in 2006 when the Cowboy Church began meeting on a farm in Moneta. The Cowboy Church holds worship on Thursday nights in facilities that are not normally used for religious worship. The idea is to reach people who would not normally go to a church. The Cowboy Church was meeting in a barn normally used as part of a horse auction facility.

  • Some classes may be combined

    Close to 40 classes at Bedford County high schools have fewer than 15 students, and the decision to approve those classes for the upcoming year will be left with School Superintendent Dr. James Blevins.

    The Bedford County School Board, during its meeting Thursday, gave Blevins that responsibility after failing in its own vote to approve the classes. Any high school classes with less than 15 students must be approved by the school board for the upcoming school year.

  • Study will help show future school needs

    A study to be conducted over the next six months may give the Bedford County School Board a better idea of what facilities the county will need in the future to educate its students.

    At last Thursday's meeting, the school board approved $35,000 to hire M. B. Kahn of Roanoke to conduct the study of the system's current facilities and what projects might be needed in the years ahead. A demographic study will help project school enrollment over the next decade.

  • Local contractor helps Bedford Museum spruce up

    A contractor has concluded several weeks of work to make the Bedford Museum present a prettier face to the public.

    "This job has been 80 percent prep," noted Ivan Kirby, owner of Kirby Custom Painters, of Lynchburg. Kirby said he has been in business for 18 years.

    He and Kenneth Burdette, who has worked for Kirby for 10 years, had to go over the window sills three times to seal the 110 year old wood. Kirby said that he found 2-inch gaps in them.

  • Gosnell leaving Bedford County School System

    Victor M. Gosnell has helped Bedford County Public Schools go from having little technology in the school division to being looked at as a leader in the area across the commonwealth.

    Beginning next week, he'll be taking his know-how to another area educational institution ? Randolph College in Lynchburg ? as the school's Chief Information Officer

  • Saturday's festivals brought variety and fun to area

    Two festivals, held Saturday, complemented each other, rather than competed.

    Johnson’s Orchards held it’s annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival. Danny Johnson noted that this was a significant anniversary for them as this year marks the orchards’ 80th anniversary operating at it’s current location in Thaxton. Johnson said that his father, Elmo Johnson, and grandfather, Robert Lee Johnson, purchased the property in 1918.

  • Grant makes art program possible

    A $1,000 donation by the Bedford Education Foundation will help Sedalia Center with it’s new Distinguished Artist Program.

    According to Annis McCabe, the program is intended to help public school art teachers and promising high school and middle school students. McCabe is a member of Sedalia’s board of directors. She and her husband, Dr. Bill McCabe, founded the 501(c)3 non-profit arts center 20 years ago.

  • Private roads a concern for supervisors

    A project that the planning commission struggled with last month resulted in a split vote by the board of supervisors Monday night.

  • County man represents Virginia in national truck driving competition

    By John Barnhart

    Staff Writer

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

    A Bedford County man is headed for the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championships in Houston, Texas. The championship takes place from Aug. 19-23.

    Robbie Cottrell, a Bedford County resident, has been a professional truck driver for 22 years, most of that for Con-way Freight. He works out of Con-way’s freight center in Roanoke, off Peters Creek Road next to the interchange with I-581.

  • Quilt show bightens library

    The Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild has decked out the Bedford Central Library with scores of brightly colored, hand-made quilts, some of them even hand-stitched. This is part of their annual quilt show, which runs until July 22.

    One of the features of the show is a raffle quilt. Visitors buy chances to win this quilt and proceeds are distributed to area non-profits. This year’s beneficiaries will be Hospice House, the Bedford Christmas Station, Bedford Habitat for Humanity and Bedford Domestic Violence Services. Half of the proceds go to the liberay.