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Today's News

  • An American dream

        If you visit Bella Italia and ask to speak to the owner you will get a surprise. A young man will come out of the kitchen wearing an apron and you may think he’s a waiter. He’s not. That’s Giovanni Baiada and he is the owner.

        Actually, he and his aunt, Lori Giambanco, co-own the restaurant. Giambanco owns Lori’s Italian Grill, in Forest, and she helped Baiada get financing for Bella Italia.
        “I used to work for her,” Baiada said.

  • Joppy’s opens where ‘Duchess’ used to be

        You’ve probably noticed that building that used to house the Duchess of Bedford has a different name on it – Joppy’s.

  • Embezzler gets three years in prison

        A Forest woman will spend three years in prison for embezzling $109,000 from Witt Mechanical over a four year period, starting in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson, 60, was employed by Witt as a bookkeeper and embezzled the money between September, 2009, and June, 2013 when the thefts were discovered.
        Jeff Witt, Witt Mechanical’s owner, testified, at McPhearson’s sentencing hearing Tuesday morning about the damage the embezzlement caused his business.

  • Fire chiefs want county to provide more money to support departments

        Bedford’s volunteer fire chiefs believe the county’s new fire department funding formula is inadequate, according to Eric Shell, Hardy’s fire chief.
        Shell, representing the county’s fire commission and backed by various fire chiefs who filled two pews in the supervisors’ meeting chamber, spoke before the county supervisors at a work session Monday night.
        Shell said the fire departments have had  flat funding for 20 years.

  • Supervisors not ready to make a call on what school to build

        It’s been noted that Bedford County’s supervisors, with the exception of District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington, had little to say after the school board presented three school construction options to them at a joint meeting at the end of last month. They asked for time to consider these options, and discuss them among themselves before making a decision.
        Most of them feel that there are a lot of unknowns involved in all the options, and they need time to digest the information they do have.

  • Water project moves ahead

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) plans to build a new water treatment plant and send Smith Mountain Lake water, treated at this plant, to Bedford and Forest moved one step closer to becoming a reality Monday night.

  • DAR foots bill for land book restoration

        The real estate land books in Bedford County’s circuit court are a treasure trove for people doing genealogical research.

        “They are used a lot,” said Cathy Hogan, clerk of the circuit court. “They were in terrible shape.”

  • Board lowers some fees to use school facilities

    hasn’t been used in prior years.
        Rhonda Ellis has had children in the program at Moneta Elementary and stated both benefited from it. “A student’s positive start with preschool is so important,” Ellis said, adding that the staff at Moneta Elementary “lovingly care for the children as if they were their own.”
        Jessica Chattin also spoke in favor of funding for the program at Moneta Elementary, noting the number of students who wouldn’t have access to the program if funding is cut.

  • Planning Commission decides project consistent with comp plan

        A proposal, by the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) to treat water, drawn from Smith Mountain Lake, at a new water treatment plant to be built at the former Camp 24 site, and pumped to Forest, via Bedford, cleared its first hurdle last week when the planning commission decided, on a 7-0 vote, that the project was in accord with the county’s comprehensive plan.
        Several people spoke about the project at a public hearing held before the vote.

  • Goode man arrested for shooting at family

        A domestic issue turned dangerous Sunday afternoon at a home next to the Goode Post Office.
        At 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Forest Road home. The caller was a 14-year-old teenager who told authorities his brother was threatening to kill their parents with a gun.