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  • Montvale couple face drug charges

    A Montvale couple is in jail on drug charges and their 2-year-old child has been placed in the custody of Bedford County Social Services following the couple's arrest Sunday.

  • Teachers to receive 4.25 percent raises

    Though originally set at 5.8 percent, the Bedford County School Board still hopes a 4.25 percent pay raise for teachers approved Thursday will help make the school system's salaries more competitive with other area districts.

    The board approved its $108 million budget on a 7-1 vote. District 3 board member David Black cast the dissenting vote, stating the raise was inadequate.

    "We're just not doing it," he said of funding the needed increases.

  • Group Home provides structure for youth

    Bedford County Group Homes opened in its own home last November, after having operated out of rented facilities since first starting in 1997.

    The facility now consists of several brand new buildings off Falling Creek Road.

    Paul Tesi, the group home's executive director, said that the county originally decided to set up its own group home because it wasn't satisfied with results of other residential placement programs. These residential placements are, under certain conditions, mandated by state law.

  • Did you hear?

    Bedford prosecutor running for council in Vinton

    Next Tuesday, Bedford County Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance hopes to be elected as the newest member of the Town Council in Vinton.

    A long-time resident of the town, Nance decided to throw his hat in the ring after being encouraged to do so by several current council members. Five Vinton residents are running for the two open seats.

    Nance's family moved to the Vinton area when he was 9. He's served on the board of Zoning Appeals since 1996 and has been the board's chairman since 2002.

  • Granddaughter of former president visits with LHS students

    Mary Jean Eisenhower, the granddaughter of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, told a group of Liberty High School students last week that her grandfather learned early on as a child growing up poor in Kansas how to find answers to problems.

    As a young boy he would take vegetables grown by the family to sell to wealthier residents of the area. But one particular Saturday he also had to take his younger brother, Milton, who became "the burden of the day."

  • City employee electrocuted while changing transformer

    A city of Bedford public works department employee was electrocuted Monday morning while changing out a transformer.

    The Bedford Police Department is investigating the industrial accident that injured 41-year-old Garth Morck of Bedford. Morck works for the City of Bedford Electric Department. The accident occurred while a transformer in the area of the Second Street Apartments was being changed.

    ?They do that periodically,? Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said of changing transformers, ?and during that transfer process the accident occurred.?

  • Did you hear?

    Clean up

    a success

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission Clean Up last Saturday was a rousing success, according to the Louise W. Robertson, clean up day leader with KBBC, drawing more volunteers than they?ve had for some time.

    Some 140 participants helped collect 111 large bags of trash from the area ? the actual total was closer to 140, a bag per person.

  • Murder charge certified to grand jury

    On Aug. 11, 2005, Jocelyn Earnest wrote in her journal that if she was killed, it would have been "Wesley Earnest, my cheating husband" that did it, according to testimony offered by Bedford County Investigator Mike Mayhew during a preliminary hearing held Monday.

  • A tasty assignment

    At the Blues and Barbecue festival this past weekend, some superb choices were on display and Bedfordites had the opportunity to cast votes for the People?s Choice award. A trip to barbecue nirvana awaited anyone willing to part with a mere buck. That minor investment earned a sample from each of the competitors, as well as a voting ticket to bestow on the top pit.

    The three competitors were the Pig?s Ear out of Amherst, K&E Backyard Grill from Bedford, and The Crazy Rednecks from Chesterfield.

  • Schedule of events for Living Liberty/Hunter?s Retreat April 25 to 27

    New events:

    Karen Nichols will present Civil War era songs in concert Friday night at the Meeting House Church at 8 p.m.. Music was important to those experiencing the Civil War on the battlefront and back home, and various songs emerged as inspirational and culturally long-lasting. Such songs as Lorena, The Vacant Chair and much of Stephen Foster?s work will be featured in this hour long tribute to the music of that time. This concert and reception is provided by the Bedford Historical Society.

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