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  • Well head protection, convenience store plans move ahead

    Both a well head protection overlay and a convenience store, both in the Hardy area, received the Bedford County Planning Commission's approval last week.

    Virginia Ridge Water Company, a private water company that serves the Virginia Ridge subdivision on Hardy Road, requested the well head protection overlay. This would restrict how parcels of land within 1,000 feet of each of its three well heads could be used. Certain uses, including fuel storage, are prohibited within 500 feet of the well head.

  • Two lose lives in separate accidents

    Two area residents lost their lives on Bedford County roads this past week ? one as a result of icy conditions on county roads Friday morning.

    Pamela Joyce Miller, 54, of Thaxton, was traveling south on Virginia 691 when she ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, according to Sgt. Bob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police. The accident occurred at about 9 a.m. and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Carpentieri said Miller was wearing her seat belt, adding that the single-vehicle accident was weather related.

  • Local group sends packages to Bedford soldiers

    Normally this time of year the Bedford Bunko Club meets for a cookie exchange.

    But not this year.

    Rather than sharing their goodies amongst themselves, the group members decided to sweeten the holiday season for Bedford area soldiers serving in Iraq.

    Last Thursday, the Bunko Club hosted a Christmas party for local military personnel serving overseas and, assisted by members of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church and other friends, 79 boxes filled with Christmas goodies and expressions of love to be sent overseas. They were expected to arrive in Iraq late this week.

  • Board approves driving range, condos

    A driving range and a condo project, recommended for approval last month by the Bedford County Planning Commission, received the final go ahead from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.

    The driving range will be located on Va. 608, a short distance from its intersection with Va. 122. It will be right next to the site of a diner, already approved, and near a drive-in theater that is now under construction.

  • Former JF student pleads guilty to taking gun to school

    It doesn't appear as if John Thomas Hess Jr. will have to spend much, if any, more time in jail for taking a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun to Jefferson Forest High School last May.

    But what still remains to be answered is if Hess, now 19, will face a felony or misdemeanor conviction for the crime.

  • Snow receives this year's Athena award

    Friday started on a slippery note when a surprise freezing rain made area highways treacherous. By late morning, the rain had stopped and the roads were safe, allowing the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's Women of Influence luncheon to go on as scheduled.

    "We did not order the weather," commented Susan Martin, the chamber's president, before introducing the event's keynote speaker, Donna Tyson.

  • 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.