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Today's News

  • Group Home provides structure for youth

    Bedford County Group Homes opened in its own home last November, after having operated out of rented facilities since first starting in 1997.

    The facility now consists of several brand new buildings off Falling Creek Road.

    Paul Tesi, the group home's executive director, said that the county originally decided to set up its own group home because it wasn't satisfied with results of other residential placement programs. These residential placements are, under certain conditions, mandated by state law.

  • Did you hear?

    Bedford prosecutor running for council in Vinton

    Next Tuesday, Bedford County Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance hopes to be elected as the newest member of the Town Council in Vinton.

    A long-time resident of the town, Nance decided to throw his hat in the ring after being encouraged to do so by several current council members. Five Vinton residents are running for the two open seats.

    Nance's family moved to the Vinton area when he was 9. He's served on the board of Zoning Appeals since 1996 and has been the board's chairman since 2002.

  • Granddaughter of former president visits with LHS students

    Mary Jean Eisenhower, the granddaughter of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, told a group of Liberty High School students last week that her grandfather learned early on as a child growing up poor in Kansas how to find answers to problems.

    As a young boy he would take vegetables grown by the family to sell to wealthier residents of the area. But one particular Saturday he also had to take his younger brother, Milton, who became "the burden of the day."

  • The madness of spring (and politics)

    Don?t hold the presses just yet, but it looks like we have actually achieved spring.

    With that comes a certain madness, the kind that makes some people think it?s July already. Modes of dress (especially among the young) are starting to become shorter and more ?summery,? if there?s such a word. Yet the colds that many people still have should refer them back to the calendar.

  • A subject for prayer

    I'm in Ukraine this week. At least, I assume I am as I wrote this before I left Roanoke on April 16. The news reports in the days before my departure were full of stories about canceled flights due to FAA inspections, but the airline I'm flying on wasn't being affected by these. I'm sure that, as you read these words, I'm in Ukraine.

  • Letters to the Editor 4/23/08

    Don?t forget the locally owned businesses

    ?What do you think will happen to your hardware business when Lowe?s opens here??

    Every day for weeks we?re asked some variation on this question. All we can say is that we?re going to keep doing the same thing we?ve done for 110 years ... listen to our customers and help them solve their problems. We?ll personally attend to those we serve, and at a fair price, just as most other locally owned businesses in Bedford have always done.

  • City and county officials should be commended for taking a look at...The status of Bedford

    Almost 40 years ago, the editorial writer of this page wrote this:

    ?We now live in the City of Bedford ? that is, some 6,500 of us do. Most of these 6,500 had little to say about the decision which brought this about. In fact, a considerable part of them, given the chance last June to render, at least indirectly, a verdict on the plan to make Bedford a city, voted against it. In the circumstances, the council?s decision for the transition must be considered unfortunate, both as to manner and timing.? (from the Bedford Bulletin-Democrat, Sept. 5, 1968).

  • City employee electrocuted while changing transformer

    A city of Bedford public works department employee was electrocuted Monday morning while changing out a transformer.

    The Bedford Police Department is investigating the industrial accident that injured 41-year-old Garth Morck of Bedford. Morck works for the City of Bedford Electric Department. The accident occurred while a transformer in the area of the Second Street Apartments was being changed.

    ?They do that periodically,? Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said of changing transformers, ?and during that transfer process the accident occurred.?

  • Did you hear?

    Clean up

    a success

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission Clean Up last Saturday was a rousing success, according to the Louise W. Robertson, clean up day leader with KBBC, drawing more volunteers than they?ve had for some time.

    Some 140 participants helped collect 111 large bags of trash from the area ? the actual total was closer to 140, a bag per person.

  • Murder charge certified to grand jury

    On Aug. 11, 2005, Jocelyn Earnest wrote in her journal that if she was killed, it would have been "Wesley Earnest, my cheating husband" that did it, according to testimony offered by Bedford County Investigator Mike Mayhew during a preliminary hearing held Monday.