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Today's News

  • Son of former Hardy fire chief pleads guilty

    The son of the former Hardy Fire Department fire chief, who had been indicted for the mismanagement of department funds following an investigation by the Virginia State Police earlier this year, pleaded guilty to seven counts of felony embezzlement in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday in connection with that case.

  • Votes clear way for Hospice House to proceed

    Votes by Bedford County’s supervisors and planning commission, at a joint meeting Thursday night, cleared the way for Bedford Hospice House Inc., a non-profit organization, to start building.

  • Keeping Bedford Beautiful

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission honored some of the folks, last week, who helped keep Bedford beautiful.

  • SML shoreline management plan

    A public informational meeting was held last week on a shoreline management plan for Smith Mountain Lake.

        The meeting was held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish with stations manned by members of a steering committee that has been established to help review the plan along with representatives of Appalachian Power. The meeting was held to gather public information and was held in an open house format that allowed residents to come in and talk during the scheduled time. A steady stream of people came through in spite of heavy rain.

  • 2nd concert to benefit restaurant’s employees is this Saturday

    The second of two benefit concerts to help employees of Olde Liberty Station takes place at Liberty High School this Saturday.

        Olde Liberty Station was destroyed in a fire in September.

        The concert features Second Flyte, a local Byrds tribute band. This is no fly-by-night group. The band’s Web site contains a glowing endorsement by Chris Hillman, one of the three surviving members of the original ‘60s rock band.

  • School board may conduct benefits audit of employees

    At the request of School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler, Bedford County Public Schools may hire a firm to conduct a benefits audit of its employees.

        Hostutler brought up the proposal during a comment session at last Thursday’s school board meeting. “I bet it would be pretty eye-opening,” he said of what he believes would be discovered.

  • Honoring our veterans

    The armistice that ended World War I took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In years following that war’s end, Nov. 11 came to be known as Armistice Day. In the ‘50s, President Dwight Eisenhower made it a national holiday named Veterans Day.

        For the third year in a row, Bedford Middle School has held a special program honoring area veterans. Laura Kitts, a teacher there, has spearheaded the annual event and her husband, Col. Charles Kitts, was one of the speakers.

  • Planning commission approves business

    Moneta is closer to getting a new business.

  • The General Assembly should take a look at lowering speeds

    ccidents happen.

        Sometimes those accidents can’t be avoided, but far too often they could have been. Reducing the speed on secondary roads in Virginia might help.

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors plans to ask legislators to lower the speed limits on all secondary roads from 55 miles per hour to 45 mph, unless a different speed is posted. That change could potentially help save lives in Bedford County and across the commonwealth.

        It’s a request worthy of consideration.

  • Letters

    Festival of Trees

        When we moved here several years ago it was a pleasant surprise to see the signs, “Bedford, The Christmas Capital of Virginia.”

        We have enjoyed the display at the Elks Home and really appreciate the work involved for the wonderful display at Liberty Lake Park. What a treat for the children to see the Christmas Parade and enjoy the Buggy Rides in Centertown on Fridays.