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  • Historical Society holds annual luncheon

    The Bedford Historical Society held its annual Hanging of the Greens Luncheon at the Bedford Historic Meeting House last week.

    Hanging of the Greens refers to putting up Christmas decorations incorporating greenery. It was traditionally done just prior to Advent. The decorations would remain up through the 12 days of Christmas and would be taken down after Epiphany.

    In this case, the Historic Meeting House had already been decorated. The luncheon is used by the Historical Society to raise money that will be used in restoration projects.

  • Bedford Education Foundation checks in

    The Bedford Education Foundation presented checks to two county schools last week.

    A $600 check went to Thaxton Elementary School to help pay for Weekly Readers and Accelerated Readers. The Weekly Reader is the modern version of the publication that elementary school children have read for decades. The Accelerated Reader program is more recent.

  • Airport hosts police driving course

    Sheriff's deputies from Bedford County and Campbell County spent last week at New London Airport.

    They weren't there to fly and although the airport also hosts drag racing, they weren't there to race.

    "This is our annual drivers' training," said Sergeant David Marsh, of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    Marsh said that this is the third year they have conducted this training, and they always do it at New London Airport. The airport shuts down for a week and its paved runways/drag strip offer a safe place for law enforcement officers to do this training.

  • Journey to Japan

    My enchantment with faraway places began as a child reading stories about people of different cultures. My determination grew to visit destinations around the world.

    As School Library Media Specialist at Thaxton Elementary School in Bedford County, I was recently given such an opportunity as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. Along with 200 educators from around the country, I embarked on an exploration of Japan on Oct. 14.

  • The gift of life only you can give

    This time of year we are more conscious of gifts than at any other time. However, there are those who donate their blood, the gift of life, to others all during the year.

    One such man is John Davis-McMullan, who is a regular blood donor. John usually gives what we call "doubles" (2 pints) every 112 days. John has been giving blood most all of his adult life, and in Virginia for the past seven years.

  • A matter of the heart

    Time ran out for Andrew Madison, a freshman at Liberty High School, on Nov. 13.

    Madison had been living on borrowed time, or rather a borrowed heart for seven years. He underwent a heart transplant on July 17, 2000, a procedure to replace his own heart, which had several things wrong with it. The biggest problem, according to his mother, Linda Johnson, was that the heart's left ventricle never developed.

  • Va. 655 set for realignment

    A project, scheduled to start next year, will eliminate a traffic hazard on Va. 122, south of Moneta.

    This project will align Diamond Hill Road with Hendricks Store Road. Both of these are Va. 655. The problem is that the roads don't intersect with Va. 122 at the same point. Those traveling east on Va. 655 have to turn right at its intersection with Va. 122, then turn left less than 100 yards down the road. Those traveling west must reverse this process. Both intersections are controlled by traffic signals.

  • Unpaved roads concern citizens

    The county's unpaved roads were the primary concern of citizens who spoke at a public hearing, Monday night, on the six year plan for secondary roads.

    According to Bob Sutton, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) residency administrator for Bedford County, there are 250 miles of unpaved roads in the county; 150 of these roads qualify for paving. More than 50 vehicles must go over a road each day in order for it to qualify.

    David Powers, who lives off Va. 635, said that there are 26 houses on this one mile unpaved road. There is a new subdivision planned there.

  • Charges certified against man accused of striking child

    Charges against a 23-year-old Hardy man, accused of the malicious wounding of a 17-month old child, have been certified to a Bedford County grand jury.

    Robert Lewis Evans has been charged with felony malicious wounding in an incident in which he allegedly struck the child several times in the face.

  • Counterfeit bills show up in Bedford

    At least two counterfeit $20 bills were turned in by Bedford businesses to authorities last week.

    Those businesses include Rainbow Restaurant and a local body shop, according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.

    "We do have a very good suspect," Day said.

    Day said investigators have not yet been able to apprehend that person. "We're not sure where he has gotten these (counterfeit bills) and how many he's passed."