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Today's News

  • Rabies vaccinations save lives

    Ask anyone whose pet has had a run-in with a rabid animal, and they will tell you how important it is to keep pets’ rabies vaccines up to date, according to a report from the Virginia Department of Health.
        This year during Rabies Awareness Week, September 24-30, the VDH and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) are stressing the importance of safeguarding the lives of pets and family members by vaccinating pets against rabies.

  • Agape Center granted tax exempt status

        The facility that the Agape Center uses in Moneta will receive tax exempt status. The supervisors voted unanimously, Monday night, to grant this.
        When County Attorney Carl Boggess presented the request to the supervisors, he noted that an important test for this status is that the organization gives back to the community more than the county loses in tax revenue. He said that the taxes on the building amount to $2,000 per year, but Agape clearly gives more than that back to the community.

  • Volunteer chaplains celebrate 10th anniversary

    Bedford Memorial Hospital’s volunteer chaplains celebrated their 10th anniversary this month.

         They marked it with a presentation of a painting by Beulah Witt. Witt’s painting depicts 10 hands in a circle forming a heart. All the hands depicted are hands of real people, either people who work at the hospital or people who worship at Mountain View Union Church.
        The volunteer chaplains seek to show love to people coming to the hospital through kindness.

  • Planning commission looks at allowing chickens in county’s residential sections

        It may soon be possible for people living in residential areas in Bedford County to keep chickens.
        The Bedford County Planning Commission is considering a text amendment to the county’s zoning ordinance that will allow chickens without any special permits.
        One decision was minimum lot size.

  • Gathering at Sedalia provides chance to learn new skills

        Sedalia Center will host some new events this year. Actually, one is new and one is semi-new.

        The new event is called Gathering.
        According to Doris McCabe, the Center’s director, this is a skills sharing event and one she hopes will bring more young people to the Sedalia Center. The title comes from its goal to gather as much sustainable systems information together in one place as they can.
        Gathering will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6.

  • Vandals destroy election signs

        “We just lost our fourth election sign,” said Ann Duncan, chairman of the Bedford City Democratic Committee. Duncan spoke in a phone interview Thursday about vandalism to the previous signs.
        The signs were on private property. Three of them, one being a replacement for a previously vandalized sign, were along U. S. 460 and a fourth was along Independence Boulevard in Bedford. These were four-by-four-foot signs that Duncan said cost $13 each.

  • Planning staff preferred revising existing ordinance

        Two weeks ago District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker read a statement asserting that the county’s planning staff supported revising the existing zoning ordinance over writing a new one.
        Parker was a member of the planning staff at the time of her election last fall and resigned the position prior to being sworn in to her elected office. Last week, four members of the county’s planning staff went on record in phone interviews supporting Parker’s contention.

  • County holds first Agriculture Economic Development Forum

        More than 60 county farmers and agriculture supporters attended the Bedford Agriculture Economic Development Advisory Board’s (AEDAB) first public forum on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at the Bedford Welcome Center.

        Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Matt Lohr attended the event and spoke to attendees about the challenges and opportunities in agriculture, a $55 billion industry that produces more than 357,000 jobs statewide annually.

  • D-Day Memorial remembers the missing

        The National D-Day Memorial marked POW/MIA Awareness Day Friday.

        According to statistics from the Defense Prisoner of War Personnel Office, there are still 73,000 men missing in action from World War II, 7,500 from Korea and 1,600 from Vietnam. There are 126 men who never came back from Cold War era missions and remain unaccounted for. Six are missing in action from Iraq and other conflicts.

  • Fall festival excitement

    This week welcomes two of the area’s key festivals as the fall season bursts into its full colors this year.

        Bedford’s signature festival, CenterFest, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, but will get an early start this year with a new event, Friday’s CenterFest Gala. Meanwhile the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival also will draw thousands to the event held just across the Lake in Franklin County at LakeWatch Plantation in Moneta.

    Centerfest Gala is Friday