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  • Stalin bust still headed to Memorial

        The Stalin bust is still on its way to the National D-Day Memorial.

        “We have not seen the bust yet, or the plaque,” said Jeff Fulgham, the D-Day Memorial’s director of development.

        According to Fulgham, there are a number of reasons that can delay a piece of bronze sculpture. In this case, the bust comes with a plaque to explain it and there is a proofing process before the text, and the way it's formatted, is finalized and set in bronze.

  • Bedford’s Company A deploys for Iraq

    Family and community supporters turned out en masse for a send-off ceremony for 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment Friday morning. The battalion includes Bedford’s Company A.

        The ceremony was originally scheduled for the National D-Day Memorial but cold, blustery weather resulted in a last minute change to an indoor venue. Many of soldiers have small children and infants and the Memorial’s windy hilltop would have provided harsh conditions on a day when the temperature didn’t make it out of the 20s.

  • Update: Former SRHS football coach granted bail

     Former Staunton River football coach Rick Witt is set to be released from custody following a bail hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

        Judge James Updike offered Witt the choice of $5,000 cash or $10,000 real estate bond.  Witt's strong ties to the community were cited during the hearing.

  • 400 Virginia Guardsmen prepar for Iraq deployment

    About 400 members of the Virginia National Guard are preparing for deployment to Iraq.

    A departure ceremony is scheduled Friday at Liberty University for the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team

    The Guard says the Lynchburg-based unit will undergo mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss., for 45 to 60 days before deploying to Iraq

  • Lawsuit pits two groups vying for rights to research

    Just who owns the rights to information gathered by members of the Bedford Genealogical Society for the past two decades is at the heart of a lawsuit filed in United States District Court.

  • Business flourishes in spite of economy

    In spite of the bad economy, some businesses are flourishing. Legacy Tile and Flooring is one of those. The business has even expanded.

        Michael Williams and his wife, Karen, own the place, located in Forest Square. They opened the store, which sells tile, carpet, stone and hardwood flooring, two-and-a-half years ago.

        “We opened up with a customer driven approach, rather than product driven,” Michael Williams said.

  • Neighbors question impact of proposed water, sewer system

    A proposal to build a private water and sewer system in Goodview brought a crowd of opponents to the Bedford County Planning Commission’s first meeting of the new year. Opposition wasn’t limited to just the special use permit under consideration but extended to the density of the residential developments it is intended to serve.

  • Southern Flavoring celebrates 80 years

    In spite of a tight economy, one of Bedford’s oldest businesses is prospering.

        Southern Flavoring got its start in 1929 after a mine cave-in left William G. Claytor a paraplegic. Claytor had worked as a mine inspector.

  • Attempted capital murder charge

    While investigating a burglary at a barn on Homestead Road in Bedford County, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigator Sgt. Brian Neal testified at a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court that he was approached by Jay Woodrow Creasy, who lived adjacent to the property, who notched an arrow in a bow and pointed it in his direction.

        “I don’t allow pigs on my farm,” Neal said he was told by Creasy, who then added, “now you’re going to die.”

  • Attorney: Woman ‘remorseful’ for faking diagnosis

    The Moneta woman accused of faking having terminal breast cancer, and receiving money from  fundraisers to help her, is remorseful for her actions, according to her lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Michael Lonchar.

        Ashley Barton Weeks, 27, waived her right Monday in Bedford County General District Court to a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of obtaining money by false pretense. The case will now go before a grand jury, likely to be heard in February.