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  • Former SRHS teacher arrested

    Former SRHS teacher arrested

    Bedford County Sheriff?s Office investigators received a complaint on Oct. 1, 2007, of possible improper conduct by a former teacher towards a former student at Staunton River High School.

    Bedford County Sheriff?s investigators along with Bedford County Social Services Child Protective investigators and officials with the Bedford County School System investigated the complaint.

  • Mandatory water restrictions likely to be lifted

    At its meeting Tuesday, Bedford City Council was expected to lift mandatory restrictions on the use of water that had been in effect since October.

    The city's Stoney Creek Reservoir is now full, according to city manager Charles Kolakowski.

    Kolakowski said city staff was prepared Tuesday to recommend lifting the restrictions.

    "We express our appreciation to all who did what they could to save water," he said.

  • County to consider rezoning in Cedar Key

    Bedford County's planning commission voted, 6-1, to hold a public hearing on rezoning 29 parcels in the Cedar Key neighborhood.

    Cedar Key is located on Smith Mountain Lake and some of the parcels are lake-front property. The owners of the majority of the parcels want their parcels rezoned from AP (agricultural preserve) to R-1 (low density residential). The adjoining land is already zoned R-1. Five of the lots are split zoned.

  • Foreign exchange

    Foreign exchange students and their Bedford area host families often form close bonds during their year together.

    This happened in the case of Helena Penninger and Charles and Linda Exley. The Exleys hosted the German teen during her year at Liberty High School during the 2005-2006 school year. This past Christmas, the Exleys hosted Penninger again, along with her mother, Claudine, for a visit.

  • Program helps elderly stay healthy

    Isolation and nutrition can be problems for elderly people. The Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging (CVAAA) Senior Services oversees three sites in Bedford County to extend a helping hand.

    One site is in Montvale, another in Moneta and a third in a portion of the old county nursing home off Falling Creek Road. All of them provide hot lunches three times a week.

  • Montvale man guilty of selling heroin

    A 52-year-old Montvale man who suffers from multiple sclerosis pleaded no contest Friday to distributing heroin from his residence.

    As a result of his plea, Mickey Dale Leonard was convicted and received a 15 year sentence on that charge and a separate charge of having a firearm while in possession of the heroin. He will have to serve seven years of the sentence with the other eight years suspended.

  • Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

    Family gathered from as far away as Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin to wish Helen Snyder a happy birthday.

    Snyder, who resides at Runk and Pratt in Bedford, celebrated her 100th birthday, Monday. The celebration was attended by two sons and four grandsons. One son, Jim Stubbs, came all the way from Kansas City, Mo. The other, Robert Stubbs, came all the way from Moneta. Robert is the son who brought her here in 2003.

    "She came down to live with me," he said.

    "I live in Kansas City and we fought over who was going to get her," commented Jim Stubbs.

  • Landmark announces potential sale

    Landmark Communications Inc. officials were holding a series of meetings Thursday withemployees to discussplans to explore selling the Norfolk-based company, which includes the Bedford Bulletin and the Roanoke Times.

    "At this early stage, we cannot speculate on where this process will lead," Landmark's chief executive and chairman Frank Batten Jr. said in an e-mailed memo to employees Thursday morning.

    Landmark, parent of The Bulletin, announced last night that it has hired national investment firms to handle the potential sale.

  • Seatbelt saved teen driver

    Trees along a curved section Va. 24, between Spradlin Road and Morgans Mill Road bear the signs of motor vehicle accidents.

    One of those was made by a Staunton River High School student on May 1. Katherine Hogan believes she is alive today because of the "granny car", a 1996 Mercury Sable, that her family got for her to drive and the fact that she always wears her seatbelt.

  • Burn building will help get firefighters prepared

    Bedford area firefighters will soon have a new facility that will help them be better trained to fight fires and respond to emergency situations.

    Construction of a burn building off Orange Street in Bedford should be finished later this month or in February. The cost of the building ? $430,000 including construction and engineering ? is being paid for through a grant from the Department of Fire Programs, applied for by the Bedford Fire Department. The facility will be used by all 12 independent fire departments in the city and county, representing some 705 volunteers.