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  • 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."

  • 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.