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  • Chamber hands out honors at '50s themed dinner

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce awarded honors at a '50s themed dinner last week.

    A social hour, prior to the dinner, featured recordings of '50s rock-and-roll. During the dinner, itself, "The A'Cafellas" sang music from the '50s, which adapted well to the male a'capella ensemble. The young men are from E. C. Glass High School and barely remember the '90s but all agreed that their performance was thoroughly professional.

  • Vote ends in stalemate

    Residents of Cedar Key, a neighborhood on Smith Mountain Lake, are still waiting for a decision on a rezoning request after a tie vote by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.

    A number of homeowners in the neighborhood want their land rezoned from AP (agricultural preserve) to R-1 (low density residential). The planning commission had voted, earlier this year, to rezone 16 of the 29 parcels and to fix a split zoning problem on three others.

  • Fundraising letter has a new look

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department's annual fundraising letter will have a new look this year.

    According to Tom Richardson, the fire department's treasurer, the department had the letter redesigned to make it more eye-catching. One of its features is the department's new ladder truck, which went into service in January.

  • ABC employee finds, returns money

    Only in our wildest dreams do we see money floating across the landscape.

    Robyn Barbour had such an experience recently. Her subsequent actions prevented a nightmare for a fellow human.

    An employee of the Bedford ABC store, Barbour was gazing out the shop's front window, on a blustery day, along with store manager Pansy Edwards.

    Suddenly, she turned to Edwards and stated, "I thought I saw some money fly by." Barbour had seen a bill zip across the parking lot, in the direction of Cato's women's apparel shop.

  • Donation provides funds for teen driving program

    The Bedford Police Department is hoping to use an electric golf cart to help teens learn bout the dangers of impaired driving.

    The typical teen crash involves some sort of distraction plus speed, which is then coupled with running off the road and overcorrecting. The combination is too often deadly, as this area knows well.

  • County resident seeks to overturn Oakwood Villas decision

    A county resident has filed a lawsuit against Bedford County in an effort to overturn it's decision to rezone land to clear the way for a condominium development called Oakwood Villas.

  • County resident seeks to overturn Oakwood Villas decision

    A county resident has filed a lawsuit against Bedford County in an effort to overturn its decision to rezone land to clear the way for a condominium development called Oakwood Villas.

  • Planning Commission considers Bunker Hill zoning

    Bedford County's planning commissioners finally have a solution to the old Bunker Hill plant that they can live with.

    Last year, Howard Noel bought the old plant with the goal of using it for commercial purposes. The problem is that it's in an AP (agricultural preserve) zone. Its commercial use had been grandfathered when the zoning ordinance was adopted in 1998, but it's been vacant long enough that the grandfathered status was now in question.

  • April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

    Bedford's Mayor Skip Tharp has signed a proclamation declaring April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in Bedford. This is a disease that afflicts 1.5 million Americans, including Dave Ballard, who founded the Bedford Parkinson's Disease Support Group.

  • Holy Land to hold sunrise service

    A newly refurbished Holy Land USA is set to welcome people to a sunrise service Easter morning.

    The service is scheduled for 7 a.m. and will include special music, a message and refreshments. Mike Cutler, Holy Land's general manager, said that the service is scheduled so that people will have plenty of time to get to their own churches' Sunday morning services afterwards.

    "We work to compliment the local church," said Cutler.