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Today's News

  • Schmookler to challenge in District 6

        Dr. Andy Schmookler, a Shenandoah County Democrat, will challenge incumbent Congressman Bob Goodlatte for the 6th Congressional District seat. Dr. Schmookler said, in a phone interview last week, that he has the party’s nomination.

  • Apartments request gets OK

        A request by developer Bob Conner to rezone a parcel of land in Forest to build apartments got a 6-0 thumbs up from the Planning Commission Monday night.
        The five acre parcel is located off U. S. 221 and is currently part of a larger parcel zoned PID (planned industrial development), across the highway from its intersection with Perrowville Road. Conner needed it rezoned High Density Multifamily Residential in order to build the apartments. Conner proposes to build seven apartment buildings containing 54 units.

  • Local welder has been in business for 50 years

        Leo Klein had been in business for 52 of his 74 years.

        A welder and machinist, he’s been at his current location on U. S. 460, east of Bedford, for 22 years.
        “I came out of Pittsburgh,” Klein said.
        Actually, he has worked for other people, but even at those times, he’s had a business on the side.

  • VT honors engineer for career achievements

        His early years in Bedford sparked Marvin Johnson’s career.

        Johnson, now of Huntington Beach, Calif., earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1964. Now he is a 2012 inductee into Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence, joining an elite group of 112 individuals out of more than 58,000 living engineering alumni.

  • Five apply for District 3 seat

        Five residents in District 3 have applied to fill the Bedford County School Board seat left open when Brad Whorley resigned from the board earlier this year.    
        Deadline for applications was Monday. Those submitting applications included: Jean McKeague of Forest; Dennis Groenke Sr. of Bedford; Eric Thompson of Bedford; Pete Parziale of Forest; and John Hicks of  Evington.

  • Tax rates set

    Bedford County has a tax rate, but no formally adopted budget.
        The supervisors met Monday night to set the county tax rates, which remain unchanged from those of the current fiscal year. The real estate tax rate remains at 50 cents per $100 in assessed valuation.
        Normally, the supervisors adopt the tax rate and the budget at the same meeting. This year, they were unable to adopt a budget at this point because there is no state budget, which impacts how much money the county and the school division will get from the state.

  • Completing puzzle took more than a year

    Clara Burnette isn’t one to give up easily.
        That’s why after 13 months of work and 6,000 pieces of a puzzle, she finally got that last piece placed. She started the puzzle of Noah’s Ark on Jan. 24, 2011, and finished Feb. 24, 2012.

  • Goodview man faces murder charge

        A Goodview man has been charged with first degree murder following an apparent domestic incident last Tuesday, April 10, at Jeters Chapel Road.
        Charles Edward Glover, 43, was taken into custody in Vinton, by officers with the Vinton Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, just minutes after Bedford County dispatchers received a call reporting a structure fire and an injury to an unresponsive male.

  • Sports commentary: Bad boys

      It's not too difficult to find jocks behaving badly.

  • Keeping it fresh

      Technically, Jefferson Forest's baseball team and Liberty's softball squad had their spring breaks last week.