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  • 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."

  • Susie Gibson reunion

    Last week, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp signed a proclamation honoring the sixth all-class reunion of Susie G. Gibson High School.

    Now the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC), Susie G. Gibson High School was built in 1954 as the Bedford Area's segregated black high school. It graduated its first class in 1955 and its last in 1970. It produced a total of 852 graduates during its 16 years.

    "We always give credit to our only principal, John I. Jones," said Harriet Hurt, Class of '65.

    Ami Watson, Class of '61, recalls meeting Jones some years after graduating.

  • 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.