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  • 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.

  • MRSA clean up: $216,605

    The cost for hiring a professional cleaning company to sanitize several Bedford County schools after MRSA cases were discovered last month: $216,605.44.

    School officials said the cleaning had to be done to help deal with the community's fears about MRSA, following the death of Staunton River High School senior Ashton Bonds, apparently of complications from acquiring Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

  • Bedford Mended Hearts celebrates seventh anniversary of organization

    Bedford Mended Hearts ended October by celebrating its seventh birthday.

    Mended Hearts is a national organization dedicated to providing support to heart patients and their families. Most are people who have had a cardiac event and have lived to tell about it. The telling about it is what Mended hearts is all about. These people volunteer to encourage others who are going through the same thing that they survived.

    They can bring the message, " I made it, and so can you."

  • Putney honored by dental community

    Virginia's dental community held a reception at The Inn at Trivium to honor Delegate Lacey Putney on Oct. 30.

    The group noted that Putney was instrumental in securing funds for a new building at Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) School of Dentistry. This will allow the dental school to expand its class size.

  • Business has plans for property

    A family business, HLC Innovations, now owns the old Bunker Hill plant on Va. 122, south of Bedford and has commercial plans for it.

    Monday night, Don Rowe, a Bedford Attorney representing Howard Noel, one of HLC's partners, spoke to the county planning commission.

    Noel has three commercial plans for the extensive complex. One will be a custom counter top shop, producing granite counter tops.

  • County to hold informational meeting

    Bedford County residents, potential neighbors of the proposed Oakwood Villas development, will have a chance to learn more about it tomorrow night. A neighborhood informational meeting will be held Thursday, at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building's ground floor training room.