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Today's News

  • Volunteer helps transform Bedford Memorial gift shop

    As Christmas approaches, Barbara Hurt, Bedford Memorial Hospital’s manager of volunteer services, wants to call attention to the hospital’s gift shop. Hurt said that the shop’s merchandise goes beyond gifts for patients — it’s stocked with the general public in mind.

  • Recognizing those who keep Bedford beautiful

    A community’s appearance affects its desirability as a tourist destination, according to Sergei Troubetzkoy, the Bedford area’s director of tourism. Troubetzkoy spoke at the Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission’s (KBBC) annual awards dinner last week.

  • Counselor’s journey lands her here

        Bryant Counseling has a counselor whose life has taken her to a variety of places, including a few years in Armenia.

        Avery Flory, a North Carolina native, originally received a degree in economics from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. She followed a career in that field that included working as a fundraiser for a hospital and a stint selling securities. Over the years, however, her focus changed. She went back to school after her children grew up, earned a master’s degree in counseling and began practicing in 2000.

  • A recession proof business

        When Spinner’s Barbershop closed this summer, a local entrepreneur saw an opportunity.

        Chris Pannell, an Altavista native who has lived in Bedford since 1989, had formerly operated a mobile car wash business called TLC. He brought the car wash to the customer.
        “People aren’t doing luxury in this economy,” Pannell commented.
        However, people still need haircuts. Computers can’t do this, and you really can’t do it yourself.

  • Dr. Samir Ghobrial isn't retired, but he's also not on call 24/7 any more

    Dr. Samir Ghobrial has been working in Bedford for a long time.
        “It will be 21 years come January 1,” he said.

        During those years he has delivered about 3,000 babies. Before Bedford Memorial Hospital closed its maternity ward, Dr. Ghobrial found himself occasionally delivering the babies of babies he had delivered at the beginning of his practice here.

  • British dignitaries visit with JF band

    There’s nothing quite like receiving an invitation in person. Just ask the Jefferson Forest High School band members.

  • Perriello, Hurt pledge cooperation in process

    Democrat Tom Perriello has pledged cooperation as he hands off the 5th Congressional District seat to last week’s election victor, Republican Robert Hurt. Hurt defeated Perriello in the nationally-watched election as part of a wave of Republicans elected to the House of Representatives.

  • Prosecution tries again to convict Earnest of murder

    The second murder trial against Wesley Brian Earnest began Monday.
        First up in the retrial of Earnest—who was granted a mistrial this summer after being found guilty of murdering his wife at a two-week trial in April—will be the presentation of any pre-trial motions as well as seating the jury that will hear the case.

        A Nelson County jury will decide the fate of Earnest, with the trial itself being held in Amherst County Circuit Court.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Nov. 3, 2010)

    Sign-ups and notices

        For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    Bedford VFD portrait drive

  • Church news (week of Nov. 3, 2010)

    Ladies in Red/Men in Suits

    First Baptist Church of Goode will be having a program on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Ladies in Red/Men in Suits. In concert will be The Sensational Harmonizers of Central Virginia with the Oakmulgee Baptist Church as the guest choir.

    Notices

    21-year-old founder of African mission organization comes home with newly adopted daughter