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  • Collage wins national honor

    After a 10-year hiatus, the Collage literary magazine is back at Liberty High School.

    And in fine style.

    Adviser Charlotte Frazer and the 2006-2007 student staff resurrected the publication last year and were awarded a Gold Medal Certificate by Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their efforts. In all, Collage received 925 out of 1,000 possible points in the critique.

    Frazer is an English, journalism and creative writing teacher at LHS. Two years ago the decision was made to begin producing a literary magazine again at the school.

  • Boy pleads guilty to assaulting young girls

    A 15-year-old Bedford teenager pleaded no contest last week to four counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    Joshua Lovell, who was 14 at the time of the offenses, entered the pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday. At the defense lawyer's request, Judge James Updike deferred adjudication of the case until Lovell's sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 19.

  • Descendants of Forbes family visit Big Otter/Forbes Mill

    On Sunday, Oct. 14, about 50 of the descendants of the Forbes family, builders of the Big Otter/Forbes Mill, returned to the mill for a tour of the structure and the grounds.

    Reed Forbes and his sons, especially John William Forbes, Sr., built the mill in 1919 to 1920 to replace their mill which had burned to the ground in 1917. There have been different types of mills on this site for more than 200 years.

  • Bulletin Web site under construction

    If you happen to frequent the Web, you may have noticed a new look to the Bedford Bulletin's Web site.

    And you might have also noticed not everything's quite yet working right.

    The Bulletin?s Web site will remain ?under construction? while it is converted to accommodate new features and positioning of content.

    Changes will be phased in during the coming weeks. Some features and links may temporarily be out of service while the changeover takes place.

  • Christmas Parade is Saturday

    The Bedford Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. in Historic Centertown Bedford.

    The Centertown Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30. A window decorating contest will also be held and those attending will be able to vote for their favorite decorated storefront.

    There will be carriage rides, caroling and refreshments to add to the festivities. Stores will stay open late offering holiday deals.

  • Developer's plan must harmonize with VDOT

    A project that George Aznavorian hopes to build near Bedford will depend on whether Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requirements harmonize with his plans.

    Aznavorian has preliminary plans for a project to be called Harmony. Harmony's concept would be similar to that of Mayberry Hills in Moneta. There would be a commercial center, near U. S. 460, with a mixture of residential units farther back from the highway.

  • Board looks at accounting of funds provided to agencies

    Bedford County provides funds to outside agencies every year. No financial report is currently required from these organizations, but that could soon change.

    Monday night, County Administrator Kathleen Guzi presented the supervisors with three reporting options. Guzi said that these were based on discussion by the supervisors during past budget sessions.

  • Putney says Commonwealth is in a state of flux

    Delegate Lacey Putney described the Commonwealth as being in a state of flux following this month's election.

    Putney was the featured speaker at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Commonwealth luncheon, Tuesday. Putney, an independent, caucuses with the Republicans in the House of Delegates. Republicans retained control of the House by a 55 to 45 margin. Democrats will control the senate.

    "The coming session is certainly going to be unique," Putney said.

    "I feel optimistic that there is going to be a spirit of cooperation," he went on to say.

  • Teen pleads guilty to dealing drugs

    Last December Justin Berger of Lynchburg was walking around as an 18-year-old teen with $4,000 cash in his pocket and another $12,000 at his home ? and he didn't have a regular job.

    Now that money is in the hands of law enforcement officials and Berger stands guilty of three counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute. Berger pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court last week to the charges and faces five to 40 years on each count.

  • Projects move ahead

    During a lengthy meeting that extended to 11 p.m., last week, Bedford County's planning commission gave a thumbs up to two projects.