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  • County hires Stephanie White to develop new ag curriculum

    How do you sell square bales of hay for $75 a bale when your neighbors are getting $3 a bale for the same product?

  • Local rider, trainer has 'perfect job'

    "I have the perfect job," says Sue Ott.

    Ott, who lives in the New London area of Bedford County, gives riding lessons and trains horses. She also performs in horse shows on a Lipizzan horse named Desche.

  • Did you hear?

    Keep your cars locked

    The Bedford Police Department is urging area residents to keep their cars locked, following a string of larcenies from vehicles in the city.

    There have been a dozen larcenies from unlocked cars since the first of the year, six in the past month, according to reports from the department. Items taken include money, wallets, checks, an IPOD, a Blackberry and phone charger, a camera, DVD players, a handgun and video games.

  • Bedford nurse wins first Region 2000 geriatric award

    A nurse at Oakwood Manor has received Region 2000's first Outstanding Geriatric Nursing Professional award.

    According to a Region 2000 press release, the award is given to the nursing professional who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve the aging population. The winner was nominated and selected by a panel of peers.

    Joanne Goding, the winner, has been a nurse for 41 years. According to Harriet Hurt, her supervisor, she has a natural love for all people, especially the elderly.

  • Planning commission weighs in on cell tower requests

    Two cell tower requests elicited different responses from a bare quorum of the Bedford County Planning Commission.

    District 1 Planning Commissioner Rick Crockett, District 6 Planning Commissioner Robin Hartman and District 3 Planning Commissioner Steve Wilkerson were absent. Both cell tower requests were from AT&T and, according to Mike Pace, the attorney representing the company, are needed to complete its network.

  • Real estate tax rate won't increase in city

    Following some funding cuts to outside agencies, Bedford City Council passed a budget last week that eliminated a proposed increase to the real estate tax rate.

    Council was considering raising the real estate tax rate by 3 cents, but the approved budget keeps the rate at 81 cents per $100 of valuation. Most outside agencies, however, will see their funding cut by 50 percent. Also eliminated from the budget was a proposed $1 increase to the city refuse collection fee.

  • Breathing life into history

    Jim Hendry enjoys bringing inspiring stories of the past to life.

    Having taught history for years, Hendry, along with his wife Shelley and their children, now have His Image Ministries as a tool to present living history programs to audiences locally as well as in neighboring states.

    This Saturday, June 14, Hendry will present the true story of Dr. Max Rossvally at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Academy for the Arts. The performance is described as being “a wonderful program to inspire the whole family and dramatically depict the power of one life.”

  • Man pleads guilty to injuring child

    A Bedford County man pleaded guilty, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to injuring a 17-month-old child.

    Robert Lewis Evans, 24, of Hardy pleaded guilty to child abuse and malicious wounding.

    On Nov. 7, 2007, Evans and his girlfriend brought the child to Community Hospital in Roanoke. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance said that they told the hospital that they found the child in his crib bleeding from the nose and ear.

  • SRHS seniors urged to embrace opportunities

    For the 231 Staunton River High School seniors graduating last Saturday during the school's 45th Commencement held at the Liberty University Vines Center, it was a time for remembering the journey and for looking ahead to the future.

    This year's graduation theme: "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."

    And that's what the seniors were urged to do, prior to receiving their diplomas.

  • JFHS graduates take next step in their journey

    Jefferson Forest High School valedictorian Phillip Gorman, and the other speakers during graduation exercises held Saturday at the Liberty University Vines Center, urged classmates to strive forward in the journey that was waiting for them.

    This year's commencement theme: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," by Lao-tzu.

    "The future is forever long," Stated Gorman, urging each of the 320 graduates to not do anything they will regret later.