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Today's News

  • A program in which the county would purchase land development rights from property owners might be more hype than help

    Some 40 percent of land in Bedford County is farmland, according to the most recent census by the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

    But that is a shrinking figure.

    From 1997 to 2002 the county lost 8,000 acres, almost 4 percent, of its farmland. Over that same time the county lost 165 farms, 11 percent of its total, which is well above the state average. Across the state, during that five-year period, Virginia lost 1.5 percent of its farmland and 3.6 percent of its farms.

    A new census is due to be taken and those figures are expected to continue the trend.

  • Citizens don't want Oakwood Villas

    At the July 24, 2007, Bedford City Council Hearing, members voted (5 - 2) for an ordinance approving the preliminary plans for Oakwood Villas Town homes (4-plex and duplex patio condominiums behind Bedford Memorial Hospital) and amending the zoning map from R-1 to PRD.

  • MRSA clean up: $216,605

    The cost for hiring a professional cleaning company to sanitize several Bedford County schools after MRSA cases were discovered last month: $216,605.44.

    School officials said the cleaning had to be done to help deal with the community's fears about MRSA, following the death of Staunton River High School senior Ashton Bonds, apparently of complications from acquiring Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

  • Liberty opens playoffs at Botetourt

    The Minutemen get another shot at the Cavs. This time, Liberty won?t be facing their arch-rivals from the East. Instead, these Cavaliers are situated to the west.

    Liberty opens its second season, hitting the road for an opening-round playoff game with Lord Botetourt.

    Liberty is the number 5 seed in Region III, Division 3, while Botetourt is the number 4 seed. Botetourt (4-6) got the higher seed than Liberty (5-5) due to the VHSL points system, despite a worse record.

  • Bedford Mended Hearts celebrates seventh anniversary of organization

    Bedford Mended Hearts ended October by celebrating its seventh birthday.

    Mended Hearts is a national organization dedicated to providing support to heart patients and their families. Most are people who have had a cardiac event and have lived to tell about it. The telling about it is what Mended hearts is all about. These people volunteer to encourage others who are going through the same thing that they survived.

    They can bring the message, " I made it, and so can you."

  • Putney honored by dental community

    Virginia's dental community held a reception at The Inn at Trivium to honor Delegate Lacey Putney on Oct. 30.

    The group noted that Putney was instrumental in securing funds for a new building at Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) School of Dentistry. This will allow the dental school to expand its class size.

  • Business has plans for property

    A family business, HLC Innovations, now owns the old Bunker Hill plant on Va. 122, south of Bedford and has commercial plans for it.

    Monday night, Don Rowe, a Bedford Attorney representing Howard Noel, one of HLC's partners, spoke to the county planning commission.

    Noel has three commercial plans for the extensive complex. One will be a custom counter top shop, producing granite counter tops.

  • County to hold informational meeting

    Bedford County residents, potential neighbors of the proposed Oakwood Villas development, will have a chance to learn more about it tomorrow night. A neighborhood informational meeting will be held Thursday, at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building's ground floor training room.

  • Group seeks help in finding final production items for documentary

    The Johnson Group, a film production company doing a documentary on Bedford, has entered the final stage of its project.

    According to Joe Fab, The Johnson Group's vice president, work began on the documentary in 2005. One of the first things the group filmed was the Civil War street battle held that summer. After spending two years gathering more than 100 hours of video, the company is now in post-production. That involves turning this into a 90 minute film. Fab said that this target is chosen because it is the amount of time that the group can expect to keep an audience engaged.

  • Bringing WWII to life

    While many Bedford area residents are familiar with Civil War reenactors, two Liberty High School seniors reenact soldiers from a more recent conflict.

    David Seamster and Josh Grimstead portray World War II soldiers from the 29th Division. Their age adds to their authenticity as they are close to the age of the men who actually fought in that conflict. Bob Slaughter, a Roanoke D-Day veteran who spearheaded the effort for the National D-Day Memorial, was 19 when he came ashore that June morning.