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  • BCLP honors group's founders

    Bedford Citizens for Land Preservation (BCLP) honored two of its own with its third annual Barbar Hatcher award.

    The award was presented to Steve Stevick and Nancy Raine, two people who were at the grass roots of this grass roots organization.

    According to Annis McCabe, Raine and Jim Jones created a DVD that illustrated the need of preserving the county's farmland and forest.

  • The art of woodworking

    Termites would not receive a warm reception from the Central Virginia Woodworkers Guild, but anybody else interested in wood would be welcome.

    The guild, based in Lynchburg but with many Bedford area members, always has room for a few more folks interested in the craft. Members range from accomplished artisans to beginners. The organization, founded 10 years ago by Carl Miller, currently has 50 members.

    Todd Holt and James Jones represent the professional end of the spectrum, as does Roger Henderson.

  • School board won't pursue 4-day school week

    The Bedford County School Board briefly took a look at a four-day school week in order to cope with rising diesel costs. The board shelved the idea after concluding that it would create more problems than it would solve.

    Dr. James Blevins, superintendent of schools, told the board that savings are so soft that they could not count on them. He said that estimated savings would be less than $10,000 and contracts with school bus drivers and cafeteria workers would be an issue.

  • Flash drive brought to school leads to child pornography charges

    A flash drive that was plugged into a computer at Liberty High School has led to six counts of possession of child pornography against a Bedford man.

    David Shannon Caldwell, 24, was arrested earlier this month on the charges, following indictments handed down by a Bedford County Grand Jury.

  • Former school employee faces embezzlement charge

    A former New London Academy cafeteria employee faces an embezzlement charge in connection with money taken from the school nutrition fund.

    Barbara Allen Wilson, 51, of Goode, faces one charge for taking in excess of $200 from the school during the time period Aug. 25, 2007, to March 31, 2008.

  • Tattoo parlor approved

    Bedford City Council approved a conditional use permit, at its Tuesday night meeting, for a tattoo parlor in the 6C's Shopping Center.

    The first order of business was to amend the city's zoning ordinance to allow a tattoo parlor in a General Business District zone. This passed council with a unanimous vote and little discussion.

  • Big Island woman faces 27 counts of embezzlement

    A Big Island woman is facing 27 counts of embezzlement from H & H Food Market.

    Christina Carmichael Poore, 37, was arrested in April. The 27 embezzlement charges span a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she is accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.

    According to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Wheelock, Poore, who was employed by the store, allegedly used the store's return key to extract cash from the register. That key is used to obtain cash when a customer returns products.

  • Accident claims life of Florida teen

    A car accident early Sunday morning along the Smith Mountain Lake Parkway claimed the life of a Florida teenager.

    William Bradford Sowers, 19, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., died after being transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital from the single vehicle accident, according to Sgt. Robert Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police. He was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.

  • Church expansion approved

    A Lake area church got the approval to build a new church facility on Hendricks Store Road.

    Troy Keaton, EastLake Community Church's pastor, said that the church had been planted in the Moneta area by a Roanoke church. At the time, the church acquired an existing building on Va. 122 and renovated it, knowing that they would outgrow it. That has now happened and that's why the church wants to build a 21,875 square foot facility.

  • Man dies in logging accident

    A 69-year-old Botetourt County man died following a logging accident Friday morning in Montvale.

    The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Friday in a remote area in Montvale off Partridge Lane, in the Goose Creek Valley area. Montvale fire and rescue crews responded to the scene.

    Killed in the accident was Haden Lee Dunbar, 69, of Webster Road. The man was described as a long-time employee of Eddie Dooley Inc., a Blue Ridge logging company.