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  • Agreement could help keep city power costs down

    In an effort to help keep the cost of electricity stable for the next several years, Bedford City Council authorized a contract Wednesday in which it will team with 78 other cities to purchase power.

    Also on Wednesday, council approved changes to the rear parking lot of the former Hunan Restaurant building, which will allow American National Bank & Trust Company to put in a drive-in area.

  • CASA adds to its volunteer staff

    Judge Philip Wallace swore in seven new CASAs in Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court this month.

    CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. These are volunteers who have been trained to be advocates for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. When such a case comes to court, the judge can appoint one of these advocates to represent the child's best interests in court.

  • Bedford couple arrested for crimes against nature

    By Tom Wilmoth

    Editor

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

    In what he called a disturbing case, a Bedford couple has been arrested and charged with crimes against nature, according to Capt. Stephen Rizzuto of the Bedford Police Department.

    William Kurz, 65, and Libby Kurz, 47, were arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 18, following a four-month investigation, Rizzuto said. The charges involve sexual acts with an animal, specifically a dog, he stated.

  • Christmas Station helps area families

    Some 1,000 residents of Bedford and Bedford County will have a better Christmas season thanks to volunteers' efforts at the Bedford Community Christmas Station this year.

    Those volunteers have been busy the past two weeks helping eligible families shop for Christmas at the store, now in its second year.

    "We hope to grow every year until we serve all the families that need help," stated Karen Hughes, president of the Christmas Station. "People looked very pleased and volunteers had a great time."

  • Oakwood Villas project moves ahead

    Bedford County's planning commission voted, Monday night, to recommend Oakwood Villas.

    Oakwood Villas is a condominium project which, its developers say, will be aimed at retirees or those who will soon retire. Because the project straddles the city/county line both the city and the county have to approve a rezoning.

  • Sixth graders may move out of BSTC

    Bedford area sixth graders, now holding classes at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, will likely be moved next year, probably to Bedford Elementary School.

    Bedford County School Superintendent Dr. James Blevins has asked the school board to consider moving second grade classes, currently meeting at the elementary school, to Bedford Primary School to free up space for the sixth graders to move to Bedford Elementary.

  • 'Skim and scan' to be added to selection process

    A committee looking into how Bedford County schools review books to be included in school libraries doesn't want to see its policy changed, but it does suggest adding another layer of protection ? a "skim and scan" approach.

  • Putney assumes role as chairman of Appropriations Committee

    Delegate Lacey Putney has taken on a new role in the House of Delegates.

    Putney, who has been the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is now its chairman. This committee is responsible for developing the House of Delegates version of the entire state budget. In addition, Putney said that all legislation regarding the Virginia Retirement System, and public employee pay and insurance goes through the Appropriation's Committee.

  • Staunton River High School ponders move to Blue Ridge District

    Staunton River High School has applied to leave the Seminole District in order to join the Blue Ridge. The move, if approved, would impact all VHSL sanctioned extracurricular activities. It would also break up the current configuration in which all Bedford County high schools are a part of the Seminole District.

    If approved, the move would take place for the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Election winners sworn in

    Generally, the people who appear before Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike are in serious trouble. Monday was one of the exceptions.

    "It's nice to have a happy occasion in here," Judge Updike told a gathering of the winners of last month's elections.

    This was their swearing-in ceremony, a ceremony always conducted in circuit court. Judge Updike normally brings with him the newspaper photo of his first ceremony, when he was sworn in as Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney in 1979.