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  • Did you hear?

    Tattoos and sidewalks

    The Bedford Planning Commission took a look at tattoo parlors and sidewalks during its meeting held last Thursday. A tattoo parlor appears to be on the way and a sidewalk will likely appear along Independence Boulevard, though only in places.

  • Law enforcement honored

    For the fifth year, Bedford Domestic Violence Services has honored local law enforcement with its Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) awards.

    According to Connie St. John, Bedford Domestic Violence Services' director, the award highlights the local collaborative climate between law enforcement, the court system, social services and Bedford Domestic Violence Services. St. John said that she works around the state and this collaborative environment doesn't exist in all localities.

  • Nine for now

    In 2001 Mike and Pam Poff were ready to take over a youth group at their church.

    But the night before that announcement was going to be made everything changed. Pregnant with what she believed was twins, Pam suffered complications late one night and went to Bedford Memorial Hospital. An ultrasound technician was called in.

  • DEQ meets with neighbors of sewage treatment plant

    Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a public information meeting Monday night at Camp Jaycee, on the department’s intention to reissue a permit for the camp’s sewage treatment plant.

    According to District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard, the board of supervisors had originally asked DEQ to hold a public hearing on the permit reissuance. After DEQ denied this request, the county requested a public information meeting.

  • Library renewal

    Sometimes one project reveals the need for another. This happened at Bedford’s Central Library.

  • BCSO: Students threaten teacher

    Charges are pending against two sixth grade students at Montvale Elementary School for disorderly conduct as a result of an investigation in which a teacher’s life was allegedly threatened.

  • 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.