At last night's Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting, more than 150 people turned out to oppose what's being called "The Center for Commerce and Technology at Montvale."
The Bedford County Industrial Development Authority wants to turn this 220- acre farm in Montvale into the county's newest industrial park.
County officials say the park will attract clean, safe industry like business offices and light manufacturing.
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((SUE GILBERT/BEDFORD CO. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY DISCUSSION WITH ANY POTENTIAL FIRM REGARDING A LOCATION ON THIS PROPERTY, OR HAS THERE BEEN ANY MARKETING OF THE PROPERTY.))
[SUPER=01-Sue Gilbert/Bedford Co. Economic Dev.; :00]
[OUT Q=of the property.]
But more than 650 residents have signed petitions opposing the park.. they say their safety and way of life are being sacrificed to the lure of tax dollars.
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((JULIA MCDANIEL/OPPOSES INDUSTRIAL PARK: THE NOISE NUISANCE, THE AIR POLLUTION, THE WATER POLLUTION, FIRE SAFETY, THE DISTURBANCE OF THE HABITAT OF DEERE AND OTHER ANIMALS ON THE FARM.))
((LLOYD CLARK/OPPOSES INDUSTRIAL PARK: WHAT DRIVES JOBS IS EDUCATION AND COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE, NOT GOVERNMENT SCHEMES. WE, THIS GROUP OF CONCERNED CITIZENS OF BEDFORD COUNTY, ARE ASKING YOU TO VOTE THIS PROPOSAL DOWN AT THIS TIME ONCE AND FOR ALL.))
[SUPER=01-Julia McDaniel/Opposes Industrial Park; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lloyd Clark/Opposes Industrial Park; :13]
[OUT Q=once and for all.]
Neither the supervisors nor the planning commission were scheduled to vote on the project last night.
Some Bedford County residents want to use the county's tax dollars to give the area's public high school teachers a major raise.
Teachers have been asking the county for years to make their salaries more competitive with surrounding counties.
Under a plan discussed last night, the next school budget would give educators a raise of between 15 and 17 percent.
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((DR. JAMES BLEVINS/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: I THINK IF THIS MOMENTUM CAN KEEP GOING THEN WE SHOULD HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF TRYING TO GET THIS PACKAGE THROUGH. THE SCHOOL BOARD RIGHT NOW IS COMMITTED TO THE TEACHERS' SALARY PROPOSAL.))
((JESS TUCKER/BEDFORD CO. EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: HOPEFULLY, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL SEE THAT WE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THAT SHOULD WEIGH MORE FOR IT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. James Blevins/Bedford Co. Superintendent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jess Tucker/Bedford Co. Education Association; :12]
[OUT Q=weigh more for it.]
Comments from last night;s meeting will be passed on to the board of supervisors during the county's budget session.
The Virginia Court of Appeals will NOT consider the cases of 10 men convicted of soliciting
sex from undercover police officers in Roanoke parks. Last November, a three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld the convictions of the men and rejected their attack on the state law against sodomy. A lawyer for the men is considering asking the Virginia Supreme Court to take the case.
Authorities are calling the death of a four year old Pittsylvania County boy suspicious.
Sheriff's deputies say Matthew Jerome Giusto (Juice-toe) was last seen alive at his home on Rockford School Road Saturday night.
His mother found him and called police just before three o'clock Sunday afternoon.
An autospy will be performed today.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department says the boy had no history of medical problems.
During the winter months, researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping their technology could help make dangerous icy roads safer.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute rolled out their "Smart Road" in March, so this is the first winter they've been able to make snow in Blacksburg ..
As Meredyth Censullo reports, so far its driven past everyone's expectations.
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Some Patrick County schools apparently have more students than they can handle--
At Patrick Springs Primary School, some classes are held in hallways and storage closets.
The overcrowding is caused by increased enrollment and the push by the state to have fewer students per class.
To fix the growing problem, construction of an addition at Patrick Springs is underway.
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((JUDY LACKS/SUPERINTENDENT: THEY'RE RECEIVING A GYMNASIUM AND ALSO A WING THAT WILL INCLUDE FOUR ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS, SPACE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSES AND ALSO A TEACHERS LOUNGE.))
[SUPER=01-Judy Lacks/Patrick Co. Superintendent]
[OUT Q=also a teachers lounge]
Several other schools in the county are also running out of room.
That's why the school board hired a consulting firm to come up with a plan to deal with the situation.
The board received the consultant's recommendations last week.
Members plan to study their options and then hold public hearings over the next few months.
After attention was drawn to the low salaries of the Radford Police Department, city council votes to increase police pay.
Radford City Council approved an across the board pay scale increase for all officers last night.
It will take effect in July.
It will increase the starting salary by ten percent to nearly 27-thousand dollars a year.
Radford's acting police chief says it will help recruiting efforts and morale.
It will also make Radford's pay more competitive with other departments in the New River Valley.
Council will wait to act on a proposal to hire ten new officers until budget issues can be worked out.
The cases of 10 men convicted of soliciting sex from undercover officers in Roanoke will NOT go to the Virginia Court of Appeals
Last November, a three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld
the convictions of the men and rejected their attack on the state
law against sodomy
A lawyer for the men is considering asking the Virginia Supreme
Court to take the case.
Although a Virginia man was put to death last year, the Catholic church will wants to clear his name.
Derek (Barn-uh-Bay) Barnabei was convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of 17-year old Lynchburg native Sarah Wisnosky.
Barnabei proclaimed his innocence to the end and was executed in September
Yesterday, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond asked the Norfolk Circuit court to release evidence
in the case.
The diocese wants to retest the D-N-A evidence used to convict Barnabei.
The Attorney General's spokesman refused to comment on the request.