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  • BCEA seeks 5% raise commitment for next three years

    Over the next couple of months, representatives from the Bedford County Education Association hope to make their case for higher salaries for Bedford County teachers.

    What's at stake, the BCEA claims, is the future of education in the county.

    "There are people who are starting to look elsewhere," states Fred Glover, BCEA president, on the salaries being offered by Bedford County in relation to other school districts.

    What the BCEA will be asking for is a commitment from the county for a 5 percent raise for teachers, for each of the next three years.

  • School system trims expenses to cover shortfall, cleanup

    A $1.4 million shortfall in state funds, along with a $216,000 bill for MRSA cleanup, has the Bedford County School administration and School Board looking for ways to cut expenses.

    A report to the School Board earlier this month by School Director of Finance Randy Hagler noted that state sales tax revenue is expected to fall some $500,000 short of budget projections while the state revenue based on average daily membership is down some $900,000.

  • KBBC presents awards

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission (KBBC), at an awards dinner this month, honored individuals and organizations that have performed noteworthy accomplishments to improve the city's appearance.

    The Volunteerism Award went to the Shepherd's Table. Although this organization's work doesn't affect the city's appearance, its volunteers make a difference for many people in the community. They serve 100 meals a day, aiming to help people in tight circumstances.

  • New Christian middle school plans to open next fall in Lake area

    A new Christian school serving the Lake area is in the works to begin holding classes next fall.

    A "town hall" meeting on the school, Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy, will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., at Radford Baptist Church. This will be the second informational meeting held about the school in an effort for organizers to answer questions from area residents.

    The first meeting, held earlier this month at Halesford Baptist Church, drew about 55 area residents.

  • D-Day Memorial salutes veterans

    Although Veterans Day fell on Sunday, the holiday was marked on Monday as government offices closed.

    It was a beautiful day for the National D-Day Memorial to celebrate the service of those who have worn or still wear the uniforms of our armed forces. It was sunny, with a light breeze and temperatures in the 60s as children from Bedford Elementary School, dressed in white shirts and black pants, sang a selection of songs for people gathered in the plaza below. Students from Staunton River Middle School passed thank-you letters to veterans of all services.

  • Voter turnout average

    Voter turnout for last week's election was average for a state and local election that does not feature a gubernatorial candidate.

    Voter turnout in Bedford County was 31 percent.

    "It's pretty much our norm," commented Barbara Gunter, the county's registrar.

    In the city, 37 percent of all registered voters came to the polls. City Registrar Randi Herrick said that this is the same percentage the city saw in the 2003 election, a comparable election year.

  • How to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner

    As Thanksgiving approaches, cooking the traditional turkey dinner gives rise to all the wonderful smells and sounds of the holiday season: friends and families gathering together, renewing old acquaintances, and lots of cooking and eating wonderful foods, including the turkey feast with all the trimmings that have become the focal point of our Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Middle School honors veterans

    Bedford Middle School took time out Monday to honor this community's veterans with its "Take a Veteran to School Day."

    Several local veterans participated in the event, including Robert Monk, the school's resource officer, who also was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Monk served as the emcee for the program.

  • Accident injures work crew

    Two members of a city of Bedford work crew repairing a water line break were injured Monday night when a car struck one of the men and rammed into the back of their dump truck.

    Johnny Cash, 31, was airlifted to Lynchburg General Hospital Monday with injuries to his arm, according to Bedford Police Captain Stephen Rizzuto. He remained at the hospital Tuesday morning.

  • From a Gold Star Mother

    Editor's note: Debra Booth was recently asked by the Boston Globe to write an essay from a "Gold Star Mother" for Veterans Day.Gold Star Mothers are those mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of this country. Last October, Booth's son, Josh, was killed while serving in Iraq. He was buried here in Bedford. Since Bedford and Virginia were mentioned throughout in her essay, she thought she would share it with us. We're glad she did.