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  • 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.

  • For safety's sake

    Schools in the city of Bedford joined the city and the rest of the Commonwealth in a tornado drill yesterday. The city has a community warning siren and tested it at 9:45 a.m.

    According to William Crumpacker, the city's emergency management planner, the siren is designed to warn people who may be outside to take shelter. The siren sounds for three minutes with a high and low tone. A three minute constant tone serves as the all clear signal. Schools in the city are equipped with a radio that is activated with the siren.

  • County may offer online school

    In an effort to bring homeschool students ? and their state provided school fund money ? back into the public education fold, the Bedford County School Board is considering offering an online school to the county's 550 students currently educated at home.

    Originally set as an action item for last Thursday, the school board moved the proposal to an informational item in order to have time to consider the proposal before taking a vote. The proposal was first brought up to the board during a budget work session earlier this year.