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Today's News

  • April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

    Bedford's Mayor Skip Tharp has signed a proclamation declaring April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in Bedford. This is a disease that afflicts 1.5 million Americans, including Dave Ballard, who founded the Bedford Parkinson's Disease Support Group.

  • Holy Land to hold sunrise service

    A newly refurbished Holy Land USA is set to welcome people to a sunrise service Easter morning.

    The service is scheduled for 7 a.m. and will include special music, a message and refreshments. Mike Cutler, Holy Land's general manager, said that the service is scheduled so that people will have plenty of time to get to their own churches' Sunday morning services afterwards.

    "We work to compliment the local church," said Cutler.

  • For safety's sake

    Schools in the city of Bedford joined the city and the rest of the Commonwealth in a tornado drill yesterday. The city has a community warning siren and tested it at 9:45 a.m.

    According to William Crumpacker, the city's emergency management planner, the siren is designed to warn people who may be outside to take shelter. The siren sounds for three minutes with a high and low tone. A three minute constant tone serves as the all clear signal. Schools in the city are equipped with a radio that is activated with the siren.

  • County may offer online school

    In an effort to bring homeschool students ? and their state provided school fund money ? back into the public education fold, the Bedford County School Board is considering offering an online school to the county's 550 students currently educated at home.

    Originally set as an action item for last Thursday, the school board moved the proposal to an informational item in order to have time to consider the proposal before taking a vote. The proposal was first brought up to the board during a budget work session earlier this year.

  • Hotel proposal moves ahead

    Action by Bedford County's planning commission, Monday, cleared the way for a hotel/conference center to be built near the National D-Day Memorial.

    Nearly all the hotel's site is in the city limits and Bedford's zoning for that area allows the hotel as a use by right. A half acre of the site, however, is in Bedford County and that part is zoned AR (agricultural/residential). Norris Blanks, the hotel's developer, asked for it to be rezoned C-2 (general commercial).

  • City seeks 'Old Yellow' proposals

    "Old Yellow" is on the selling block.

    The city wants to receive official proposals for a new use for the former elementary school, built in 1912 and empty now for close to two decades.

    The goal, according to City Manager Charles Kolakowski, is "to get a positive reuse out of the building and preserve the building at no cost to the city."

  • Supervisors set to advertise budget

    Bedford County taxpayers won't be facing a tax increase this year.

  • Council hears budget requests

    Following a two-hour preliminary work session on the upcoming fiscal year budget, Bedford City Council heard proposals at its Tuesday night meeting from several local agencies on their request for funding in that budget.

    "We have a real challenge in front of us," Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp said about work on the budget.

    Among the agencies that requested funds from Bedford at last week's meeting:

  • The great oudoors--BOSA show a smashing success

    As is befitting the top county for deer hunting in the state, Bedford hosted a top-notch outdoor show this past weekend.

    The show, held at the National Guard Armory, was put on by the Bedford Outdoor Sportsmen's Association (BOSA) and attracted visitors from near and far, alike.

    David Looney, of BOSA treasurer, reported that the show had the biggest turnout of any of the previous events.

  • The Chinese weather machine--commentary

    I caught a small item in the sports pages of the Roanoke Times the other day. Instead of being buried in the bowels of the sports page, I feel it should have been front page news.

    In anticipation of playing host to the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Chinese government is claiming that it can control the weather. Reportedly, they are able to prevent rain when dry conditions are desired and create rain when wet conditions are preferred. This is no joke.