http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Competent to stand trial http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/competent-stand-trial <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shana_witt_arrest_1_col_0.jpg" alt="Shana Marie Witt" title="Shana Marie Witt" align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Bedford woman, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, has been declared mentally competent to stand trial.</p> Goodview man sentenced for accident that took life of his friend http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/goodview-man-sentenced-accident-took-life-his-friend <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/durham_westley_falabella_1_col.jpg" alt="Durham Westley Falabella " title="Durham Westley Falabella " align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A 22-year-old Goodview man will spend 12 months in jail for an involuntary manslaughter conviction involving a single-vehicle accident that killed a Bedford man.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Durham Westley Falabella received a 10-year-sentence with all but 12 months of that sentence suspended, on the involuntary manslaughter conviction. He also received a 12 month sentence on a misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction, which runs concurrently with the other sentence.<br /> Liberty men fall, ladies roll at Beacon http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/liberty-men-fall-ladies-roll-beacon <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6711_lhb.jpg" alt="&quot;MJ as in Mega Juice.&quot; Liberty&#039;s MJ Parker drives toward the hoop. The senior a sparkplugs for the M-Men comeback." title="&quot;MJ as in Mega Juice.&quot; Liberty&#039;s MJ Parker drives toward the hoop. The senior a sparkplugs for the M-Men comeback." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> One Liberty team picked up a moral victory. &nbsp;The other picked up a plain, old win.</p> <p> Such were the results of Saturday afternoon tilts at the Beacon Classic, held at E.C. Glass.</p> <p> The Liberty boys and girls basketball teams continued along their divergent paths this season.</p> <p> In a pair of partially concurrent games, the Lady Minutemen topped Appomattox, 61-33, to stay unbeaten, at 4-0. &nbsp;Meanwhile, the M-Men were being bested by Tunstall, 56-55, to remain winless, at 0-5.</p> Fire department volunteers donate hams to BCM http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/fire-department-volunteers-donate-hams-bcm <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hams_a_4_col.jpg" alt="Members of the Bedford Fire Department brought hams to Bedford Christian Ministries. The department&#039;s members agreed to donate their hams—given to each member from the county as a thank you for their service—to the ministry for distribution this holiday season." title="Members of the Bedford Fire Department brought hams to Bedford Christian Ministries. The department&#039;s members agreed to donate their hams—given to each member from the county as a thank you for their service—to the ministry for distribution this holiday season." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Many less fortunate families in Bedford will have a Christmas ham at their dinner table this Thursday as a result of actions taken by the Bedford Fire Department.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved funding in the Department of Fire &amp; Rescue&rsquo;s budget for volunteer appreciation. County fire&nbsp;&amp; rescue officials chose to purchase hams with this appreciation funding to give to the volunteers.<br /> What to do with BMS? http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/what-do-bms <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Within the next couple of years a new middle school will be built to replace Bedford Middle School in the Liberty zone.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;While there will be much excitement about opening the new school&mdash;once it is built&mdash;the current middle school building will then become vacant. So what will its future be?<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Bedford Town Council has selected a group of local individuals to help guide that decision.<br /> Even at 88, county woman keeps up the pace http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/even-88-county-woman-keeps-pace <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept14ff_023.jpg" alt="Her horses, “Show Boat” and “YoYo” came with her when Jean moved from Wisconsin. " title="Her horses, “Show Boat” and “YoYo” came with her when Jean moved from Wisconsin. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jean Baum is a remarkable person.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;While Jean now resides in Bedford County, most of her life was spent in Wisconsin where she first taught chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and then raised three children.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; She was also instrumental in the foundation of the Tennessee Walking Horse Association in Wisconsin.&nbsp; And at 88 years old, Jean Baum is still active showing her walking horse, &lsquo;Walk on Command&rsquo; at breed horse shows throughout the Southeast.<br /> Mature Driver Law change goes into effect Jan. 1 http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/mature-driver-law-change-goes-effect-jan-1 <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Beginning January 1, Virginia law requires drivers age 75 and older to visit a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service center every five years to renew their driver&rsquo;s licenses.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;These drivers do not need to renew their licenses until their current licenses are set to expire. At each renewal, they will have a vision screening, which is the standard for all individuals renewing in person.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Currently, drivers 80 and up renew their licenses in person every eight years.<br /> BRWA develops strategic plan http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/brwa-develops-strategic-plan <p> Staff reports<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The Bedford Regional Water Authority has released its first strategic plan that will guide the Authority over the next few years.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been an exciting process to go through for the Authority. After operating for a year and a half,&nbsp;we&nbsp;are ready to take the next step of planning for the future to ensure that we are the most efficient and effective water authority we can be,&rdquo; stated Brian Key, Authority executive director.<br />