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  • Quest Ministries taps into interest of local sportsmen

    There's no shortage of sports enthusiasts in Bedford County and Quest Ministries was established a decade ago at Palestine Baptist Church to reach out to them.

    The ministry continues to grow.

    This past weekend Quest Ministries sponsored its annual Wild Game Dinner with close to 1,000 area hunting and fishing sportsmen in attendance. It's an event that grows every year.

    "Our church family has just embraced it," said Rodney Dellis, about the Wild Game Dinner.

  • Big Island student wins county spelling bee

    Jackson Tomlin thought for a moment and then calmly spelled the word: "h-o-w-i-t-z-e-r."

    Bedford County, meet your new spelling bee champion.

    Jackson of Big Island Elementary School outlasted 16 other contestants last Wednesday to claim the county championship. As a result he advances to the regional contest next month in Roanoke.

    At first, Jackson said, his final word to win the spelling bee didn't register. "Then it just came to me," he said.

  • Elks National Home has been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places

    Have you ever known a New Yorker that had never been to the top of the Empire State Building? Or a Philadelphian who'd never been to visit the Liberty Bell?

    Many folks often take for granted the historical landmarks of their hometowns.

    The leadership of the Bedford Historical Society wanted to make sure that Bedfordites didn't miss out on an opportunity to discover one of our architectural jewels. The Society hosted a presentation about and a tour of the Elks National Home this past Sunday.

  • Charges certified against former SRHS teacher

    A former Staunton River High School teacher, arrested in January for having a sexual relationship with a student at the school, will have four charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial relationship sent to a Bedford County grand jury.

  • Parents pack meeting chamber

    It was standing room only at Monday night's Bedford County Board of Supervisors Meeting, as representatives from a recently formed citizen's group voiced their thoughts on the upcoming school budget proposal.

    The group Concerned Parents for Bedford County brought plenty of supporters with them filling all seats, lining the walls and loudly applauding each speaker.

  • Planning commission recommends Cedar Key rezoning

    Last week, Bedford County's planning commission found a solution to a zoning problem that members believe will satisfy the greatest number of people.

  • Feeding the flock

    Father Tom Mustard, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Bedford, is calling it quits — sort of.

    Mustard will retire in April. This doesn't mean that he's leaving Bedford.

    "This is a good parish. It's a great community. It's a good place to live," Mustard said.

    This doesn't mean he's going to vegetate, either.

    "We won't be fading off into the sunset," Mustard commented.

    Mustard plans to remain active in the community. Retirement means slowing down. He will fill in at other parishes in the area as needed.

  • Bedford man pleads guilty to soliciting sex from minor

    A Bedford man entered no contest pleas Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to charges that he solicited sex from a minor he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

    Ryan A Overstreet, 28, entered his pleas which carry the same effect as a guilty plea. At the request of his lawyer, adjudication of the pleas and sentencing were delayed until a pre-sentence report is completed.

  • Defective chimney cause of fire

    A fire that destroyed four townhouses in the Waterways development near Saunders Point, was caused by a defective chimney.

    The fire started Jan. 27 in the townhouse owned by Larry and Barbara Renner. All the townhouses are vacation homes and the Renners, who live in Winchester, were spending the weekend at the lake. John Jennings, the county's primary fire marshal for investigation, said that investigators' attention was drawn to the townhouse's chimney when they noticed it had holes in it. The holes were not consistent with building collapse.

  • More than statistics

    Sarah Panzau doesn't quote statistics when she makes a presentation on the dangers of drunk driving before high school students.

    "Statistics are something they are not going to remember," she said. "They'll remember me."

    Panzau was 21 when, on Aug. 23, 2003, she chose to get in her car and attempt to drive home drunk. She had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit.

    That drive ended in an accident, a bad accident. Her car rolled four times and, while she didn't hurt anybody else, her own injuries were devastating.