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  • New time set for Christmas parade

    The hot, humid days of mid-July don't put most people in a Christmas frame of mind. Bedford Main Street, however, has been thinking about the year-end holiday and a note at the end of its 2008 calendar of events on its Web site, indicates that the time of Bedford's annual Christmas parade has been moved to 7 p.m.

    Linda Exley, Bedford Main Street's director, said that there has been a conflict between the parade, which starts at 11 a.m. and a foot race, which starts at 10 a.m.

    "The police have to take care of the foot race,"Exley said.

  • The sky's not the limit

    While in the sixth grade, Sarah Vaden performed a science project trying to discover a way to decrease the impact of hurricanes.

    She set up a mock hurricane with a sprinkler and fan, dumping salt on the sprinkler to see if the water pressure could be reduced.

    She’s been involved in research ever since.

  • Breaking - Police: Victim in car died of smoke inhalation

    The yet-to-be identified person found dead inside a burned car off Ole Turnpike Road early Wednesday morning apparently died from smoke inhalation as the result of a traffic accident, according to a Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.

    Day said Wednesday afternoon that apparently the driver of the vehicle left the road and traveled 200 feet into brush. Excessive speed might have been a factor, he said.

    He said there wasn't any evidence of foul play involved.

  • Israeli company to purchase Barr

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, an Israeli generic drug manufacturer, will purchase Barr Pharmaceuticals. The two companies announced the agreement Friday morning.

    Teva is the world's largest generic drug manufacturer and Barr is the fourth largest. Barr owns Barr Laboratories, in Forest. With 570 employees, the company is Bedford County's largest non-public employer and, county officials note, is a major contributor to the county's tax base.

  • Man pleads guilty to abduction, assault

    A Moneta man faces at least six years in prison for abducting and assaulting a woman last year.

    Robert Edward Bignall, 31, of Moneta pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to abduction and malicious wounding charges. The abduction charge carries a sentence of between one and 10 years and the malicious wounding charge carries five to 20 years.

    According to Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Krantz, Bignall had an on-again, off-again relationship with the victim and had been staying in her home for a week prior to the incident that brought him to court.

  • Charges will go to grand jury in August

    Charges against a Stuarts Draft man for abducting a 59-year-old Bedford County woman were certified to the grand jury during a hearing in General District Court last Friday.

    Daniel Bruce Largin, 62, faces charges of abduction with the intent to defile and breaking and entering with the intent to commit rape from an alleged incident that took place May 20. If convicted, he could face from 20 years to life on each charge.

    Largin also faces a felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle from a prior alleged incident.

  • 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.