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Today's News

  • Free health screening reveals danger

        A free blood-sugar screening recently revealed a problem to a Bedford County man. It may have saved his life.

        Bedford Memorial Hospital conducts free blood-pressure and blood sugar screenings at area post offices every month. Last fall, Jackie Cunningham took advantage of one at the Forest Post Office.

        “It was just a convenient thing to do while I was in the post office,” Cunningham said.

  • Supervisors work to close budget hole

    Kathleen Guzi, the county’s administrator, noted that we are in truly unique economic times.

        “There’s more unknowns this year than I’ve ever had,” she told the supervisors at a budget work session last week.

        Guzi noted that this is the first time in 22 years that she has had to deal with a downward spiral in personal property tax revenue. She is confident that there will be growth again, but she doesn’t know whether the current downturn will be short term.

  • The Electric Company celebrates first year

    It’s been a successful year for The Electric Company.

        The business, located on Depot Street, takes it’s name from the fact that it occupies the building that formerly housed the city’s electric department. Patti Siehien and Al DeWeese purchased the old building in the autumn of 2007, after the electric department moved to new quarters. They opened for business on Jan. 8, 2008.

  • Guilty pleas

    A Vinton man will be spending the next 25 years behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple violent felony charges in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday. George Leroy Keaton, 31, entered a signed plea agreement to charges of abduction, rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated malicious wounding and attempted capital murder.

        Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz termed Keaton a sexual sadist.

  • Local health clinics provide a safety net

    Naturally, when we face economically trying times, the social safety nets become ever more important.

        With people losing jobs and companies cutting back on hours and benefits, obtaining health care becomes more of a concern.  Oftentimes, illness or injury can be the straw that breaks a family’s financial back.

        That’s where places such as the Bedford Christian Free Clinic (BCFC) and the Free Clinic of Central Virginia (FCCV) can offer help.

  • Faster Ineternet service

    Bedford County’s supervisors voted, Monday night, to set up a broadband authority.

  • Who shot Slick?

    Somebody shot one of Anne Ferrell’s best friends a few weeks ago.

        This particular friend is a young dog named Slick. Slick is an all black short-haired mutt who’s name came due to her short, smooth fur according to her son, Billy Ferrell.

  • In the hot seat

    We don't envy the folks on the county's school board, Bedford City council or Bedford County's supervisors. Perhaps some of them are wondering why they volunteered for these jobs. Are they really glad they were elected or reelected?

        The seats they are now sitting in are certainly hot seats. No matter what they do, they are going to make somebody mad.

  • Lady Eagles' Golden Season

    Clean out the cobwebs and dust the shelves:  The trophy case at Staunton River is back in business.

  • Portent of things to come?

     

    Outside of the team room of the Staunton River girls’ basketball team, there is a clipping from one of the local papers.  It is the preseason predictions and it shows the Eagles landing in fourth place.