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  • 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.

  • City looks at raising real estate tax rate

    The funds the city of Bedford pays to Bedford County for services such as schools and Social Services are going up at "an alarming rate," City Manager Charles Kolakowski stated in a letter to city council about the upcoming city budget.

  • Church plans move ahead

    Bedford County's planning commission, Monday night, unanimously recommended a proposal by EastLake Community Church to build a new facility on Hendricks' Store Road (Va. 655).

    The new church facility will be on 10 acres of a 22.75 acre tract across the road from the Sunset Cay development. The zoning of that parcel requires religious assemblies to get a special use permit before building.

  • Did you hear?

    Local couple live through quake

    On May 12 a 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked China, killing more than 34,000 people. Among those who were there was a couple teaching English with local ties to Bedford.

    According to area resident Cindy Connor, Rebecca Stormer lived here in Bedford and taught at CVCC, as well as being a local artist. Her husband, Richard Hartley worked for Bedford County and Roanoke City schools until he retired. He is from Rocky Mount. They moved to China in August to teach English and were 30 miles form the epicenter of the quake.

  • New SRHS principal visits with faculty

    Robert Stump is ready to become a Staunton River Golden Eagle.

    Stump visited with faculty, staff and students recently after being named as the new principal of the school.

    He will officially take on his new duties July 1, but the transition has already begun.

    Stump told the SRHS faculty, during a meeting held May 14, that he wanted to help them use every bit of the strengths they have in educating students.

    "This is what I want to do," he said of getting ready to assume his new position.

  • Law targets child sex predators

    A young Pennsylvania woman is getting the perfect revenge for something that happened to her six years ago.

    Alicia Kozakiewicz was 13-years old when she disappeared on New Year's Day, 2002.

    "She disappeared between dinner and dessert," her mother, Mary Kozakiewicz recalled.

    Alicia had been lured to meet somebody she met on the Internet, an Internet predator who kidnapped her, brought her to Herndon, where she was kept chained in a basement and tortured for four days.

  • Did you hear?

    'Nine for now' update

    For those who read last week's story "Nine for now" I wanted to give an update I received from Mike Poff this week.

    Mike said there is new news.

    "Pam is expecting," the father of seven wrote in an email. "Go figure! Eight will be great and 10 is the end."

    Congratulations to the Poffs on this update for their family.

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    Original 'Beale Papers' sold

    <*P><*J>Bedford historian Peter Viemeister stopped by the office to provide this update on the "Beale Papers."

  • Woman granted bond in shooting case

    On the day she turned 47 years old Sandra Faye Campbell of Thaxton was granted bond by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

    Campbell had been held without bond prior to last Thursday's hearing since her arrest in connection with the shooting of a Bedford County man in January. Campbell is one of three defendants charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting of Jesse Phillips at Campbell's home off Thaxton School Road.

  • Junior ROTC unit honors cadet achievement

    Bedford County's Army Junior ROTC program recognized outstanding cadets at a banquet last week. The program has been headed by Major William Brown and Sergeant Major Charles Green since its inception more than a decade ago. The awards are presented by various civic and military groups.