• Trial run: New voting machine to be used

        Bedford County is getting ready to buy new voting machines, a move that will replace touch screen voting machines with an optically scanned paper ballot.

  • Tower lease transferred

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to transfer a tower lease to Region 2000. The tower will be part of the regional radio system the county participates in.
        According to County Attorney Carl Boggess, the tower was leased by Bedford County in 1997 as part of the original regional radio system. However, the tower was never actually used and Bedford County, for that reason, isn’t paying any lease money.

  • Living within the community

        “We want to make a living within, not off, the community,” said Centra Health’s CEO E. W. Tibbs.
        Tibbs was speaking to a joint meeting of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council Monday night. He was there to give the two elected bodies an update following Centra’s assuming full ownership of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • ICAC: 16 years of catching sexual predators

    Sheriff Mike Brown hosted a celebration for the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force earlier this month. It marked 16 years of catching sexual predators who use the Internet to find victims.

  • Foreman takes over as Bedford Police Department's new chief

        Todd Foreman always wanted to be in law enforcement.

        More than 18 years ago that desire became reality when he was hired by the Bedford Police Department. He's worked his way up the ranks and last week reached the pinnacle of the department, being appointed as the Chief of Police for the town of Bedford.  
        “I wanted to be able to help people,” Foreman said of his desire for a career in law enforcement.

  • Bedford Moose ask town for money to help with fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, came to Bedford Town Council last week looking for money to put on next year’s display.
        According to Dooley, the Lodge plans to launch them from the National D-Day Memorial and this will raise the cost of the display. Dooley said the fireworks will have to go higher to be visible, and this means bigger shells which, in turn, means that it will cost more.

  • Time running out to register to vote

        If you are not already registered to vote, Virginians must apply to register to vote (or update their registration name and current address) no later than October 14 in order to vote in the upcoming Nov. 4 elections.
        If you are currently registered to vote, you do not need to re-register unless you have made a change to your name or address, in which case you need to notify the Registrar in writing.

  • BRWA to hold meeting on project

        Construction on the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant and waterlines is now underway.
        The installation of the raw water pipeline that will run from the Authority’s water intake in the High Point subdivision to the proposed water treatment plant site on Radford Church Road has begun. A few hundred feet have already been installed.

  • Deputy reassigned from SRO duties

        Last year he was named School Resource Officer of the Year, for the exemplary job he did while serving in that position at Staunton River High School.

        Now Deputy Christopher Lee Cook is working in the civil division, serving papers for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, mired in the center of a federal investigation.

  • Supervisors look at fire and rescue funding

        Fire and rescue issues dominated Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.
        Forest Fire Department Chief Monty Coleman, speaking to the supervisors, said that it is still difficult for fire companies to set budgets and some of the smaller fire departments in the county are in the red.
        “We need to look at raising the base amount,” said Coleman.