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  • Dual appointments

    It?s rare for two brothers to receive appointments to the same service academy at the same time, but it happened to two brothers from Forest this year.

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte?s office announced recently that Geoff and Josh Ranowsky have both received appointments to West Point. It?s the first time Goodlatte has ever done this.

    Josh Ranowsky, now a senior at Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS), said that this became possible because a recent Goodlatte appointee left the military academy, opening an extra slot for the 6th District Congressman.

  • Local surgeon shares his skills in Ghana

    Dr. John Kerr, a general surgeon at Bedford Memorial Hospital, frequently puts his medical specialty to work on short-term mission trips.

    Kerr, a member of Thaxton Baptist Church, has made 10 trips to Ghana in the last 15 years to do surgery at a hospital in a rural area. The hospital is run under the auspices of the Southern Baptist Convention and Dr. Kerr fills in to give the regular surgeon a break.

  • Speakers focus on school funding

    School spending was on the public's mind as Bedford County's supervisors held a public hearing on the county's budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

    The hearing took place at Bedford Science and Technology Center's Susie Gibson Auditorium with several dozen people in attendance. The applause that followed speakers calling for more school spending indicated that this issue brought many to the hearing.

  • Newman will continue to seek end to annexation

    Funding for Bedford's city reservoir improvements as well as an end to annexation were among the topics discussed when the Bedford area's General Assembly delegation briefed Chamber of Commerce members on the past legislative session at a breakfast last week.

    State Senator Steve Newman led the presentation. Newman was elected as chairman of the Senate's Republican caucus.

    "There were a lot of cats to be herded," Newman commented, describing his job.

  • Saving the red barn

    There is a consensus in the county to save the red barn near the county nursing home. Exactly what to do, and how to use it, remains a question.

    Long before Bedford County had a nursing home, it had a poor house. In fact, Falling Creek Road's original name was Poor House Road, a name which many long-time county residents still use to refer to it. The poor house dates back to the mid-19th century.

    "Bedford County was on the cutting edge of taking care of indigent people in the 1850s," commented Betty Gereau, of the Bedford Historical Society.

  • Democratic congressional hopeful visits Bedford

    Tom Perriello, the Democrat seeking the 5th Congressional District seat held by Republican Virgil Goode, stopped by the Gingerbread Caf?onday on a tour though the district.

    Perriello said that two areas at the top of his priority list are jobs and national security.

    In order for people to have jobs, the workforce in the 5th District must become more competitive. He believes that outcompeting others is the only long-term economic solution for the area.

    "That means more training and better education," he said.

  • Bedford to look at reverting to town status

    Forty years after voting to establish itself as a city of the second class, City of Bedford officials are now in talks with Bedford County officials aimed at returning Bedford to town status.

    Following a closed door meeting of the City/County Relations Committee Monday, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp and Supervisor's Chairman Steve Arrington, announced that both jurisdictions were studying the proposal, at the request of the city.

  • Program's focus: Safe teen driving

    Ben Creasey, at a teen driving presentation at Staunton River High School recently, recounted the worst night of his life.

    It was exactly four years ago last month and a friend came to his house to tell him his daughter, Ginni, had been in a crash. Creasey initially thought the damage was limited to the car. His wife, Crystal thought the same.

    "I kept saying, 'Now Ben, don't fuss at her. This is her first wreck,'" she recalled saying.

  • Bush pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

    A Bedford County woman will spend the next six years in prison for attempting to elude Campbell County Sheriff's deputies last year.

    Heather Lynn Bush, 27, pleaded guilty to a felony level attempt to elude police and involuntary manslaughter when she appeared before Judge James Updike in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

  • Bedford Police Officer returns from duty in Iraq

    Tim Brooke normally wears the uniform of the Bedford City Police Department. Last year, however, he temporarily traded it for the pixilated camouflage of the United States Army.

    A captain in the Virginia National Guard, Brooke returned recently from duty in Iraq. Brooke served as a civil affairs officer with Headquarters Company, 116th Infantry Combat Brigade. His post was actually a Major's job, but he was assigned to it as he had been selected for promotion to that rank prior to the company's deployment.