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Today's News

  • Coupons for digital TV converter boxes available

    Beginning February 18, 2009, anyone who does not own a digital television set and still gets programming via over-the-air antennas will no longer be able to receive a picture without a converter box. That is the day that the television industry completes its transition from old style analog broadcasting to digital. Viewers who have cable service or have satellite dish TV reception will not need a converter box.

  • County to consider rezoning in Cedar Key

    Bedford County's planning commission voted, 6-1, to hold a public hearing on rezoning 29 parcels in the Cedar Key neighborhood.

    Cedar Key is located on Smith Mountain Lake and some of the parcels are lake-front property. The owners of the majority of the parcels want their parcels rezoned from AP (agricultural preserve) to R-1 (low density residential). The adjoining land is already zoned R-1. Five of the lots are split zoned.

  • Foreign exchange

    Foreign exchange students and their Bedford area host families often form close bonds during their year together.

    This happened in the case of Helena Penninger and Charles and Linda Exley. The Exleys hosted the German teen during her year at Liberty High School during the 2005-2006 school year. This past Christmas, the Exleys hosted Penninger again, along with her mother, Claudine, for a visit.

  • Program helps elderly stay healthy

    Isolation and nutrition can be problems for elderly people. The Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging (CVAAA) Senior Services oversees three sites in Bedford County to extend a helping hand.

    One site is in Montvale, another in Moneta and a third in a portion of the old county nursing home off Falling Creek Road. All of them provide hot lunches three times a week.

  • Montvale man guilty of selling heroin

    A 52-year-old Montvale man who suffers from multiple sclerosis pleaded no contest Friday to distributing heroin from his residence.

    As a result of his plea, Mickey Dale Leonard was convicted and received a 15 year sentence on that charge and a separate charge of having a firearm while in possession of the heroin. He will have to serve seven years of the sentence with the other eight years suspended.

  • Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

    Family gathered from as far away as Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin to wish Helen Snyder a happy birthday.

    Snyder, who resides at Runk and Pratt in Bedford, celebrated her 100th birthday, Monday. The celebration was attended by two sons and four grandsons. One son, Jim Stubbs, came all the way from Kansas City, Mo. The other, Robert Stubbs, came all the way from Moneta. Robert is the son who brought her here in 2003.

    "She came down to live with me," he said.

    "I live in Kansas City and we fought over who was going to get her," commented Jim Stubbs.

  • Businesses open up in former city electric building

    The old Electric Department Building on Depot Street, in Bedford, has gone to the dogs.

    At least part of it has, but that's good. Paw Wash, a dog grooming business is one of the new businesses that have opened in the former city electric building.

    Jenne Chelloram served her first furry customers on Dec. 11.

    Paw Wash is equipped with state of the art pet grooming equipment and has its own dedicated parking next to the building. It even has provisions for meeting doggie toilet needs.

  • Landmark announces potential sale

    Landmark Communications Inc. officials were holding a series of meetings Thursday withemployees to discussplans to explore selling the Norfolk-based company, which includes the Bedford Bulletin and the Roanoke Times.

    "At this early stage, we cannot speculate on where this process will lead," Landmark's chief executive and chairman Frank Batten Jr. said in an e-mailed memo to employees Thursday morning.

    Landmark, parent of The Bulletin, announced last night that it has hired national investment firms to handle the potential sale.

  • Commentary: On Bowl game gifts

    A pal of mine sent me a listing of gifts that players receive for their participation in the various football bowl games.

    There are some very nice items on the listing, representing a small token to make up for the time and effort that these players put into preparing for the games. Frankly, this is the first time I'd ever heard of the practice. But, I guess if movie stars get gift bags for showing up to the Oscars, it's not unreasonable to see players get some small gesture of appreciation.

  • 'Brawled' Lang Syne

    While most folks were out buying chicken wings and party favors or locking down their lineup for bowl game viewing, wrestlers from far and wide were putting off their New Year's preparations. Instead, they were at Liberty High School to participate in the Bedford Brawl.

    Salem earned top honors for first year coach Randall Sell who, having led the Staunton River program last year, can't seem to stay away from Bedford County. Last weekend, the Spartans were involved in the River Rumble.