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Today's News

  • Grant makes art program possible

    A $1,000 donation by the Bedford Education Foundation will help Sedalia Center with it’s new Distinguished Artist Program.

    According to Annis McCabe, the program is intended to help public school art teachers and promising high school and middle school students. McCabe is a member of Sedalia’s board of directors. She and her husband, Dr. Bill McCabe, founded the 501(c)3 non-profit arts center 20 years ago.

  • Private roads a concern for supervisors

    A project that the planning commission struggled with last month resulted in a split vote by the board of supervisors Monday night.

  • County man represents Virginia in national truck driving competition

    By John Barnhart

    Staff Writer

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

    A Bedford County man is headed for the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championships in Houston, Texas. The championship takes place from Aug. 19-23.

    Robbie Cottrell, a Bedford County resident, has been a professional truck driver for 22 years, most of that for Con-way Freight. He works out of Con-way’s freight center in Roanoke, off Peters Creek Road next to the interchange with I-581.

  • Quilt show bightens library

    The Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild has decked out the Bedford Central Library with scores of brightly colored, hand-made quilts, some of them even hand-stitched. This is part of their annual quilt show, which runs until July 22.

    One of the features of the show is a raffle quilt. Visitors buy chances to win this quilt and proceeds are distributed to area non-profits. This year’s beneficiaries will be Hospice House, the Bedford Christmas Station, Bedford Habitat for Humanity and Bedford Domestic Violence Services. Half of the proceds go to the liberay.

  • City planning commission appoints

    Bedford’s planning commission set up a committee, when it met Thursday night, to look at the sidewalk situation on Independence Boulevard.

    Steve Wandrei, an attorney representing Becky Stanley, who wants to build a beauty salon on Independence said that building a sidewalk in front of the property would be cost prohibitive. Wandrei, who spoke before the planning commission, said that it would cost $70,000 to do so.

  • USDA helps volunteer fire department

    Saunders Volunteer Fire Department members would have had to cook up a lot of chickens to pay the $226,000 that their new tank truck cost. Fortunately, county money and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reduced the amount that they have to raise.

    The new truck, with a 3,000 gallon capacity replaces a 31-year-old truck with a capacity of a little more than two-thirds of that. What’s more, the old truck was worn out and could no longer be safely kept on the road.

  • Lowe's is now open

    Most places hold a ribbon cutting to mark their grand opening. Lowe’s has a board sawing.

    A local dignitary does the honors with a hand saw. Lowe’s helps out a bit. The board is already sawn nearly in two, so the dignitary only has to complete the process. Thursday morning, District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry did the honors.

  • They can compete with Lowe's, say existing business owners

    The opening of the new Lowe’s store, last week, brings new competition to a number of existing Bedford area businesses. They say they can handle it.

  • Less than stellar - commentary

    With baseball?s All-Star game upon us, please allow me to rant a bit on how the selection of starting players takes place.

    In essence, my case is that you, the fan, should lose your right to vote.

    Look at the situation in the American League. Boston Red Sox players were in the top four in popularity at every single position. Some of this is justified. I?d certainly vote for Big Pappy and Jason Varitek.

    But, Julio Lugo?

  • DC United's Carroll hits summer soccer camp

    Jedd Zaring has one major goal, among others, for his annual Blue Ridge Soccer Academy summer camp. ?I like to bring in guys who can demonstrate what a good player looks like,? said the head coach of the Jefferson Forest boys? program.

    This year, the coach?s wish came through in spades with the appearance of Jeff Carroll at the camp, held last week at Sweet Briar College.

    Carroll is a member of the Major Soccer League?s DC United, one of the premier teams at the nation?s highest level of soccer.