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  • 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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  • Virtual school receives positive response from homeschoolers

    Discussion of increasing the cost of school meals, of decreasing the school budget and starting an online school will be among the issues considered during Thursday?s Bedford County School Board meeting.

    The meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gibson Memorial Auditorium at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, will be preceded by a 4 p.m. work session on the budget at the conference room at the School Board Administration Building. A vote on the budget will take place during the regular meeting.

  • Street battle offers unique opportunity to view battle

    This weekend?s Living Liberty offers spectators a special opportunity to get up close to a dramatic part of Civil War living history.

    Most Civil War battle reenactments normally don?t let spectators within 50 yards of the simulated fighting. Sunday?s phase of the battle reenactment lets visitors line the sidewalk as the battle takes place in the street in front of them.

  • Saturday's event in Centertown will have everyone... Singing the blues

    Blues and barbecue.

    The two go together like salt and pepper and milk and cookies. Both add to the spice of life and while you can enjoy one alone, if you put them together it's even better.

    This Saturday, you can enjoy both.

    Centertown Bedford will come alive with the sounds of the Blues and the taste of the grill with Bedford Blues and BBQ.

  • School board reduces raises

    Though it had hoped to give teachers a 5.8 percent raise next year, the Bedford County School Board will likely cut raises to 4 percent or less next week when it finalizes the school budget.

    In a work session last Thursday, the school board debated how to balance the budget numbers it received from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors which came in some $2.1 million less than requested. Much of that difference will likely be saved by cutting the proposed raises.

  • County landfill expands

    Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved $97,000 for engineering services to prepare for a 10.1 acre expansion of the county?s landfill. This follows a lengthy process that the county had to go through to get a state Department of Environmental Quality permit to do this.

    In a phone interview prior to the meeting, Sheldon Cash, the county?s solid waste manager, said that this will be the first area added to the landfill since 1998 when a new 8-acre section was opened. The landfill currently covers 14 acres.

  • Supervisors make cuts before adopting budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting to adopt the county?s budget began with a 5 p.m. work session and bad news.

    County Administrator Kathleen Guzi told the supervisors that the amount of money that the county will get from the Commonwealth has been reduced by $311,000. What?s worse is that this is an estimate that may be revised as late as Aug. 1.