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  • 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.

  • Area residents gather one last time at The General Store

    For years, H.D. Coffey General Store served as a gathering place for local residents of that area. Students gathered there to catch the school bus; adults came to check up on the latest news.

    Thirty years ago the store closed, but it stayed intact, like a museum preserving the area's history. And every so often some individual or group would come to the store to take a tour ? and to remember memories of the past.

  • Victim in car died of smoke inhalation

    Police have yet to identify the person found dead inside a burned car off Ole Turnpike Road early last Wednesday morning, but the medical examiner's office has tapped smoke inhalation as the cause of death.

    Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said the fire started as the result of a traffic accident.

    Day said last week 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.

  • Accident caused power outage last week

    An accident by an electrical contractor left three-fourths of Bedford in the dark for more than a half hour last Thursday.

    According to Jeff Weddle, Bedford's public services director, a truck belonging to New River Electric, an American Electric Power (AEP) contractor, struck a guy wire at the Mosley substation. This substation, located just west of Bedford, is partially owned by AEP and partially owned by the city's electric department. It fees power from AEP's lines to Bedford's system. The contractor was doing work on AEP's side.

  • Big Island man faces up to 13 life sentences

    A Big Island man faces up to 13 life sentences after entering pleas Tuesday for having sexual acts with six children, some younger than 6 years old.

    Gregory D. Burton, 36, entered Alford pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court for 13 counts of forcible sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery. An Alford plea, which carries the same effect as a guilty plea, means Burton does not admit his guilt, but feels the plea is in his best interest.

  • Earnest's next court date set for October

    The murder trial of a Moneta man accused of killing his wife last December in Forest likely won't be held until 2009.

    Wesley Brian Earnest, 38, has been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, in connection with the Dec. 19 death of his estranged wife Jocelyn Earnest at her home.

    Earnest had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, but that court appearance was continued until October. That court date will likely be used to argue pretrial motions in the case with the actual trial set for a later date.

  • Two schools expected to fall short of AYP goals

    Students at two Bedford County Public Schools may be able to transfer to Big Island Elementary School if testing results come back as expected.

    Bedford Primary School and Bedford Elementary School will likely be required to offer public school choice to its students this year for failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress numbers under the No Child Left Behind Act. Parents of students at those schools will likely soon receive letters informing them of the option to choose to have their children transferred.