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  • Economic times hit city budget

    Bedford City Council will consider a request by city staff to increase personal property taxes in the upcoming 2009-2010 budget to help offset funding decreases in other areas.

        City Manager Charles Kolakowski presented the staff’s working budget to council Tuesday night, which includes the proposed personal property increase, but no increases in the electric rate, the water and sewer rates or the real estate tax rate.

  • Harrison appointed as interim J & D judge

    When Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge Philip Wallace officially retires on June 30, Louis Harrison, a Bedford attorney is scheduled to fill that bench the next day.

  • A final farewell to Elisha Ray Nance
  • Tree recalls a life cut short

    Caitlyn Burks, of Big Island would have graduated from Liberty High School this year.

        Instead, a red maple was planted at Big Island Elementary School in her memory. On April 5, 1997, Caitlyn, then in kindergarten at Big Island, was killed when she was struck by a car in front of her home on Va. 122. The Rev. Byron LePere, president of the Big Island PTA, said that it was just a tragic accident.

  • A community effort raises the flag

    The flag flying at the Adult Day Care Center, next to Bedford Memorial Hospital, was a community effort.

        The base was built two years ago by John Naples and Josh Harrison, two masonry students at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC). This was part of their classwork. Neil Rommel, the school’s masonry teacher, is always looking for real-world projects for his students. The projects have to be close enough to the school that students can get to them and still have time to do meaningful work during the alloted class time.

  • LHS senior dies in accident

    On Thursday morning students at Liberty High School took the time to sign posters to give to the family of Chase Landon Jones, the 18-year-old Liberty High School senior who died as the result of injuries suffered during a single-car accident on Bell Town Road in Bedford Wednesday afternoon.

        For the students it was a chance to begin the grieving process of losing a fellow classmate. His funeral was held Monday in Bedford.

  • A winning catch

    Keith Alan of ESPN Outdoors calls Kevin VanDam the King Kong of bass fishing.

        Others call him the Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan of the sport.

        He’s all that — and a lot more.

        Now the four-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year can add Blue Ridge Brawl champion to his growing list of accomplishments and the $100,000 champion’s prize to his bank account.

  • Cheek won’t run again

    District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek saved his surprise for the end of Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting.

        “I am stepping aside to devote my time to my family and my business,” Cheek said, announcing that he won’t seek reelection this fall. “I decided that, come December, I’m finished.”

  • Tree falls on man, killing him

    At 10:02 a.m. Tuesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting that a tree had fallen on a man and he was trapped under the tree.

        The Moneta Rescue Squad and sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene at 9395 Moneta Rd. After arriving on the scene, squad members notified dispatchers that the victim was deceased.

        The victim,Harold Kenneth Jones, 62, was cutting down the tree on his property when the accident occurred. A friend of the victim, who was helping, witnessed the accident and called 911.

  • Breaking news: VanDam wins Blue Ridge Brawl

    Keith Alan of ESPN Outdoors calls Kevin VanDam the King Kong of bass fishing. Others call him the Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan of the sport.

    He's all that — and a lot more.

    Now the four-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year can add Blue Ridge Brawl champion to his growing list of accomplishments.