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  • 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.

  • Tree lighting will kick off events

    Even as the Thanksgiving turkeys were thawing out to go in the oven, Bedford was being prepared this week for the Christmas season.

    Lights and Christmas decorations went up around the Centertown area and final touches were being made on the light displays at Liberty Lake Park. Those lights are scheduled to be turned on this Friday

    On Saturday, Santa's workshop cruised down Main Street en route to its Centertown Park location, where his North Pole satellite station will be set up through this holiday season.

    Events were also announced for Centertown activities.

  • County takes up slack for museum funding

    Bedford County's Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night to increase its funding for the Bedford City/County Museum by $20,000.

    The boost, which came from the contingency fund, came after the city of Bedford cut its funding for the museum by $20,000. This leaves the city's funding at $7,500 and boosts the county's funding to $50,000 this year.

  • Health worker gives advice on dealing with MRSA

    Melisa Hobbs was one of a number of parents who came to Staunton High School the morning of Oct. 16.

    Hobbs, however, wasn't there because of fears of MRSA. She came to pick up her daughter to take her for her driver's license test. Hobbs wasn't frightened by the MRSA story because these microbes are a part of her professional specialty. A registered nurse, she's the infection control coordinator at Bedford Memorial Hospital.

    "Staphylococcus Aureus is a normal bacteria on most people's skin and nose," she said. " We carry it around with us."