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Government

  • 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.

  • Bedford has top crime rate —sort of

        Crime in the town of Bedford is up.
        In fact, according to the Virginia State Police, the town has the highest rate of crimes per capita in Virginia.
        But those numbers are a bit misleading – according to the report itself.
        For 2014, the VSP report states that the town averaged 11,735 crimes per 100,000 people. Of course, Bedford doesn’t have close to that number of people – but it does have more than the report states.

  • SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS ON ROADWAYS DURING AFTERNOON COMMUTE

    Roads are snow-covered and icy as temperatures drop

    SALEM– (3:30 p.m.) With snow beginning to taper off in some areas of the district, contractors and crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation in western Virginia are actively plowing the interstate and primary roads. At this time, most roads throughout our region are being reported as moderate to snow-covered meaning that snow and ice are present on roadways.

  • Gov. McAuliffe Taken to VCU Medical Center

    By Benjamin May

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe was admitted to VCU Medical Center on Monday after being thrown from a horse while vacationing with his family in Africa.

  • First Amendment cries misplaced

    By Mike Forster

        There is a relationship between rights and consequences, although recent events might have you thinking otherwise.
        Two major incidents have pundits screaming about first amendment rights:  the Sony hacking and the Paris massacre.

  • Study looks at fire department needs

        When you call 911 and report a fire, it’s vital that firefighters can get to your place safely, with the equipment they need. That means replacing firetrucks as needed.

        “Apparatus is a big need on the fire side because of the expense,” said Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue.

  • Board OKs money for radios

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to approve $600,000 to complete the purchase of radios that will be compatible with the new regional radio system. The supervisors had earlier approved $1.5 million for initial purchases.

  • Auction seeks to make Christmas brighter

        Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, and Warren Radford, a partner in McCraw Auction Company, are teaming up to host a fundraiser to buy toys for children who won’t be getting much, if anything, for Christmas. The effort is called Toys for Kids.

        According to Gross, Radford came up with the idea. Gross said Radford was looking for a way that he could use his talents as an auctioneer to give back to the community. The idea of raising money to buy toys came from Julie Hertig, a local teacher.

  • GOP dominates local vote totals; Hurt, Goodlatte cruise to victories

        Democrat Senator Mark Warner will return to the Senate for another six years, but the election didn’t turn out the way pundits were calling it.
        In late October, Warner was supposed to beat Ed Gillespie by 10 percentage points. Instead, Warner barely survived, defeating Gillespie by 1,073,033 votes to 1,055,622 — less than 1 percent. Robert Sarvis, a libertarian got 53,053 votes, accounting for 2.43 percent.

  • Town elects new council

        Several Town Council candidates offered their thoughts on the Nov. 4 election in phone interviews, following last Tuesday’s election.
        The election saw new four-year terms go to Bedford Mayor Robert Wandrei, Vice Mayor James Vest and Councilman Steve Rush. Two year terms—in a contested election for four seats among six candidates—were won by Tim Black, Robert Carson, Stacey Hailey and Beckham Stanley.

    Tim Black