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Today's News

  • Death of child ruled a homicide

    A special grand jury will be impaneled next month to investigate the death of an eight-month old child in September.

        Bedford Police Department Chief Jim Day said Friday that the death of the child, Marissa Burnette, had officially been ruled this week as a homicide.

        On Sept. 2, officers responded to 1114 Maiden Lane in the city of Bedford regarding a possible injury to the child.  The child was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital and then to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The infant was pronounced deceased on Sept. 4. 

  • Layoff affects 90

    Frank Chervan, Inc. announced last week the closure of several operating units located at its Bedford plant.

        The company notified about 90 affected workers Tuesday that operations will be closed in early February.  The company will still operate a rough lumber mill in Bedford that will likely employ around 30 people.

  • Zoning meeting draws public interest

    t look, Monday night, at proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance.

        Bedford County’s community development department held an informational meeting in the County Administration building’s ground floor training room. The walls were covered with maps of each district showing the current zoning and the proposed new zoning. The maps for the proposed new zoning were covered with clear plastic sheets that allowed people to write suggestions on them. The proposed maps were the first draft of the zoning maps.

  • Substation request greeted with skepticism

    Bedford County’s supervisors expressed skepticism Monday over the location of a proposed Southside Electric substation.

        The power company wants to build a new power substation on a 5.7 acre lot on Dickerson Mill Road. The county’s planning commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval.

  • Greens hung at historic meeting house

        The Bedford Historical Society held its annual Hanging of the Greens lunch at the Bedford Historic Meeting House.

        Hanging of the Greens is an old English tradition observed in many churches. It marks the beginning of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas. It got its name because of the green wreaths that were hung as decorations for the season. It marks the point when many churches put up their holiday decorations, leaving them up through Epiphany, which comes on Jan. 6 and marks the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.

  • Preserving their stories

    A lake area author has written a book on combat veterans and he came to the National D-Day Memorial last week to sign copies.

        Bob Vanderlinde knows something about serving in combat. A member of the 187th Airborne, he made two combat jumps during the Korean War. He was wounded three times and still has pieces of shrapnel in his body.

        His first jump was on Oct. 20, 1950.

        “We jumped 50 miles north of Pyongyang,” he said.

  • Government seems more concerned about Producing debt

    Frank Chervan, a furniture maker, recently announced it would shut down the majority of its Bedford operations.  It seems that 90 jobs are in jeopardy of going away.

        There will be no federal bailout.  Frank Chervan is not “too big to allow to fail.”

        There will be no testimony (translated:  begging for money) in front of Congress, such as we’ve seen lately, most recently with the Big Three automakers.

  • The Christmas story

        I love this time of year because I get to watch Christmas movies  and shows — Elf, the Santa Claus trilogy, Snow, It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Charlie Brown Christmas, to name a few. The day after Thanksgiving my kids were begging us to watch Elf and it seems like every other day my daughter is coming into the living room proclaiming that one of The Santa Claus movies is on television.

  • Respect election results

        It’s common, after an election, for those of us who voted for the losing candidate to gripe. That’s what we saw last month in the Bulletin’s Letters section. I’ve also done it in this column space. That’s the American way. We want to express our opinion that the majority made a mistake.

        It’s also the American way for us to respect the result of elections. Once we’ve had our say, we accept the fact that our candidate lost.

  • Do Republicans have the will for reform?

        As President-elect Barack Obama (what a wonderful phrase!) prepares for his January inauguration, reaction to the election results from the other side has ranged from silence to hysteria.

        Even in the Internet age, letters to the editor of a newspaper are always an interesting barometer of what “the public” is thinking, at least some of the public.