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Today's News

  • City employee electrocuted while changing transformer

    A city of Bedford public works department employee was electrocuted Monday morning while changing out a transformer.

    The Bedford Police Department is investigating the industrial accident that injured 41-year-old Garth Morck of Bedford. Morck works for the City of Bedford Electric Department. The accident occurred while a transformer in the area of the Second Street Apartments was being changed.

    ?They do that periodically,? Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said of changing transformers, ?and during that transfer process the accident occurred.?

  • Did you hear?

    Clean up

    a success

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission Clean Up last Saturday was a rousing success, according to the Louise W. Robertson, clean up day leader with KBBC, drawing more volunteers than they?ve had for some time.

    Some 140 participants helped collect 111 large bags of trash from the area ? the actual total was closer to 140, a bag per person.

  • Murder charge certified to grand jury

    On Aug. 11, 2005, Jocelyn Earnest wrote in her journal that if she was killed, it would have been "Wesley Earnest, my cheating husband" that did it, according to testimony offered by Bedford County Investigator Mike Mayhew during a preliminary hearing held Monday.

  • A tasty assignment

    At the Blues and Barbecue festival this past weekend, some superb choices were on display and Bedfordites had the opportunity to cast votes for the People?s Choice award. A trip to barbecue nirvana awaited anyone willing to part with a mere buck. That minor investment earned a sample from each of the competitors, as well as a voting ticket to bestow on the top pit.

    The three competitors were the Pig?s Ear out of Amherst, K&E Backyard Grill from Bedford, and The Crazy Rednecks from Chesterfield.

  • Schedule of events for Living Liberty/Hunter?s Retreat April 25 to 27

    New events:

    Karen Nichols will present Civil War era songs in concert Friday night at the Meeting House Church at 8 p.m.. Music was important to those experiencing the Civil War on the battlefront and back home, and various songs emerged as inspirational and culturally long-lasting. Such songs as Lorena, The Vacant Chair and much of Stephen Foster?s work will be featured in this hour long tribute to the music of that time. This concert and reception is provided by the Bedford Historical Society.

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  • Virtual school receives positive response from homeschoolers

    Discussion of increasing the cost of school meals, of decreasing the school budget and starting an online school will be among the issues considered during Thursday?s Bedford County School Board meeting.

    The meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gibson Memorial Auditorium at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, will be preceded by a 4 p.m. work session on the budget at the conference room at the School Board Administration Building. A vote on the budget will take place during the regular meeting.

  • Street battle offers unique opportunity to view battle

    This weekend?s Living Liberty offers spectators a special opportunity to get up close to a dramatic part of Civil War living history.

    Most Civil War battle reenactments normally don?t let spectators within 50 yards of the simulated fighting. Sunday?s phase of the battle reenactment lets visitors line the sidewalk as the battle takes place in the street in front of them.

  • Editorial - Taking time to remember the Virginia Tech tragedy... One year later

    "Take time to remember the legacies, remember the dreams and remember the talent that our community has lost. I hope you are inspired to work harder to honor the 32. Share your talents with the world for the 32. Achieve your dreams from the 32. Be more compassionate, friendly and thoughtful, for the 32. Be better, for the 32. To our brothers and sisters that we lost on April 16th 2007: We love you, we miss you and we would give anything for you to be here with us today.?

    Adeel Khan

    Virginia Tech Student Government Association president

  • Bringing bagels to Bedford

    Their name is Pizza, but their business is bagels.

    Michael and Beverly Pizza opened Blue Ridge Bagels in the old Fisher's Restaurant building in Bedford, across 4th Street from Smyth, formerly Piedmont Label. The couple came here from a rural area in Central Florida where Michael had a construction company.

    "I worked construction all my life," said Michael, now 37, "so this is a new venture for me."

    Most of that construction experience involved running his own company, so business is not new to him.

    "When I was 19, I started my company," he said.

  • Winter soldier hearings ignored

    A few weeks ago in Washington, D.C., Iraq Veterans Against the War sponsored the Winter Soldier Hearings, a public confessional by some of those who?d fought in Iraq and seen - and sometimes committed themselves - crimes against civilians.

    The word would be atrocities, such as what happened during the Vietnam War at the My Lai Massacre. But there are some people who can?t handle that word, and couldn?t handle it during Vietnam. So I looked it up.