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  • Breaking news: Earnest granted bond in murder case

    By Tom Wilmoth

    Editor

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

    Having been incarcerated since his arrest Feb. 27 for killing his estranged wife, Wesley Brian Earnest, 38, of Moneta was granted bond during a hearing Friday afternoon in Bedford County Circuit Court.

    During the hearing, in which several new twists in the case of the Dec. 19 death of Jocelyn Branham Earnest were revealed, Circuit Court Judge James Updike granted Wesley Earnest bond of $200,000 cash or $400,000 real estate.

  • Deed doesn't restrict county

    According to County Attorney Carl Boggess, the deed by which Bedford County acquired 283 acres of land on what today is Falling Creek Road does not restrict how the county may use the land.

    Bedford County originally purchased the tract from James and Susannah Jopling in 1832 for the purpose of building a poor house. A poorhouse existed there until the middle of the the 20th century. The Bedford County Nursing Home is there today and the Sheriff's Office, the PSA office and Falling Creek Park occupy other portions of the tract.

  • Couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty

    A Bedford couple will spend six months in jail after pleading guilty to animal cruelty in Bedford County Circuit Court last week.

    William Kurz, 66, and Libby Kurz, 48, were arrested last December following a four-month investigation into photographs that had been handed over to the Bedford Police Department in which they were engaged in sexual acts with a dog. They had originally been charged with felony crimes against nature, but pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

  • Donation helps woman help herself

    Can you imagine what it would be like to have no transportation? There's no public transportation in Bedford, so that means you would walk.

    Margaret Yetter, a single mother, knows what it's like from experience. She walks from Bedford's Liberty Apartments to Vista Foods to do her grocery shopping, and then walks back carrying the groceries. She walks to the Bedford Wal-Mart.

  • Thunder rolls into Montvale

    Rolling Thunder's annual visit to Montvale Elementary School is a treat for both riders and students.

    The bikers love to visit schools during their cross country ride and the students enjoy sharing lunch with the veterans. Every year, Rolling Thunder starts out on the west coast, rides across the country, arriving at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D. C. on Memorial Day. Along with the dead, there are a number of men who were listed as missing in action and Rolling Thunder rides every year to remind us of them.

  • More than a ton of documents cut into pieces

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, along with CINTAS, sponsored a community shred last week. The free shredding opportunity was held in conjunction with a chamber event at the Bedford Armory.

    CINTAS operates a commercial document shredding business and one of its trucks rolled up to the Armory, doing the shredding right on site. The shredding started at 5:30 p.m. and by the time it closed up at 7 p.m. the company had shredded 2,400 pounds of documents. All of the paper shred is recycled, so it stays out of local landfills.

  • Appomattox man enters plea for slashing

    A 58-year-old Appomattox man pleaded no contest last week to malicious wounding following a dispute over the rent of a home.

    Curtis Junior Martin had also faced charges of aggravated malicious wounding and attempted murder, but those charges weren't prosecuted following his plea. The no contest plea carries the same result as a guilty plea.

  • Bedford gives warm welcome to Special Olympics athletes

    Let me win. But, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

    ? Special Olympics oath

    Winners abounded this past weekend as Bedford was the site of the 15th annual Special Olympics Softball Tournament of Virginia.

    The tourney, hosted by Bedford's Moose Lodge, featured 30 teams from across the state. Games were played all over the county as rec leagues made room on their schedules, clearing their fields for their ball-playing brethren.

  • A half-century of service

    Bedford Memorial Hospital has been around for 53 years. Nelson Hurt has worked there for all but three of those.

    Last week, at an employee awards lunch, the hospital honored Hurt for 50 years of service. Hospital Director William Flattery presented him with an engraved watch in a presentation box with a plaque. Hurt received a standing ovation from his fellow employees as he went forward to receive it.

  • Moose team up with Safe Surfin'

    For several years the Safe Surfin' Foundation has been looking for a national organization to partner with it to promote Internet safety for children.

    Last Friday, that partnership was announced.

    Moose International, a 1.2 million member organization, has joined with the Safe Surfin' Foundation in its quest to educate youth about the danger of the Internet. Safe Surfin' is the educational arm of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, known as Blue Ridge Thunder, a unit based out of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.