Today's News

  • Artisan Cafe under new management

        The timing was perfect for Ron and Jennifer Siver.

        The couple were relocating to the area and were looking for a business opportunity. Karen Gorneau, meanwhile, was looking for a buyer for the Artisan Cafe. Gorneau has rheumatoid arthritis and needed to spend less time on her feet than running the business would allow.
        “We came here, walked in the door and we were sold,” Ron commented, noting that their first impression of the place was how bright and cheerful it was.

  • Cruzin in Centertown

        More than 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles lined the streets of Centertown Saturday afternoon, twice what organizers had expected for the Cruzin event.

        “All the comments we are getting are very favorable,” stated Sue Montgomery, executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc.
        In fact, the response was so positive that it’s likely another event will be planned.

  • Preliminary hearing waived on embezzlement charges

        The 26-year-old Evington woman accused of embezzling from Kroger in Forest waived her right to a preliminary hearing May 14.
        Jennifer Elaine Johns faces 15 embezzlement charges, eight felonies and seven misdemeanors. A Bedford County grand jury will now decide whether to indict Johns on the felony charges.

  • Relay for Life Event raises money for Cancer Society

    The weather was perfect for this year's Relay For Life.

        It was sunny and warm, but not hot. A large crowd gathered at the National D-Day Memorial, which opened its facility for the event. Teams that have been raising money for the American Cancer Society walked a paved loop around a grassy area that centers on a replica of Le Monument aux Morts from Trévières in Normandy.

  • City Council takes a look at the budget

        Bedford City Council looked at several items, last week,  as it continued work sessions aimed at developing a budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
        One item involved Virginia Retirement System (VRS) contributions mandated by the state. City Manager Charles Kolakowski’s proposal calls for an approach that will result in no pay loss for employees. The state mandate calls for a 5 percent increase in employee VRS contributions, but permits localities to take a multi-year approach in implementing this.

  • Poplar Forest provides chance for families to learn together

    By Laura Enderson

  • Judge to rule on embezzlement charge by June 5

        An embezzlement charge against the former director of Bedford Main Street, Inc., has been taken under advisement following a preliminary hearing in General District Court Wednesday.

        Calling it “an awkward embezzlement” charge, Judge Harold Black said he will rule within three weeks on whether to certify the charge against 46-year-old Daniel A. Plattus to a Bedford grand jury.

  • Longwood Industries survives by being flexible

        Agility is Longwood Industries’ key to survival, according to Renee Fisher, Longwood’s executive director. Fisher has served in that post since 1976.

        Fisher said that Longwood was incorporated in 1972, one of 40 sheltered workshops that were set up after Virginia deinstitutionalized people in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

  • School Board must make cuts to budget

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a county budget Monday night, by a unanimous vote. As a result, the County School Board will have to revisit its budget and make cuts.
        The county’s budget allocates $88.8 million in the general fund and also includes $39.04 million in local funding for the school budget. But that figure is $750,000 less than the school board had requested from the county.

  • ‘Cujo’ readies for dog fight

    Superman has his Fortress of Solitude.
        Batman has his Batcave.
        Scott Sigmon has his Hurt Factory.

        Each is a place where its owner prepares to do battle with arch-nemeses:  Lex Luthor or the Joker, for example.
        In Sigmon’s case, however, his enemy exists beyond the imagination of a comic book writer.  Sigmon, AKA “Cujo,” will test his mettle in the boxing ring against none other than Kelly Pavlik.