• 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.


    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.

  • 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.

  • Two new faces join Town Council

        A special election, required as a result of Bedford's annexation of some territory as part of it's reversion deal with the county brought two new faces to Town Council.
        Tim Black was the number one vote getter in the six-way race for Council's four two-year seats. Black got 1,104 votes, representing 23 percent of the votes cast. Black is the son of former clerk of the circuit court Carol Black.

  • What should be done with Bedford Middle School?

    Have an idea about what should happen to Bedford Middle School once the new middle school is built in the Liberty attendance zone?

    You may be just the person Bedford Town Council is looking to help with that issue.

    Council is seeking area residents who would be interested in serving on an advisory committee to discuss ideas about what to do with BMS once it is vacated by Bedford County Public Schools. The advisory committee will be made up about seven members.

  • Community development director named

        County Administrator Mark Reeter announced, Monday evening, that Gregg B. Zody has been hired as the county’s new director of community development. Zody replaces Tim Wilson, who left to take a position with South Boston in June. Zody will take over the job on Nov. 3.

  • Reception honors Rogers for his service here

        County staff and members of the board of supervisors bid farewell to Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers at a reception this week. Rogers leaves next week to take a job as Campbell County’s county administrator.

  • Stanley seeks open government

        At 24, Beckham Stanley is the youngest town council candidate on the ballot. A Bedford native, Stanley graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, near Farmville, with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He works in Bedford as an insurance agent at Holdren, Eubank and Stanley and does landscaping on a part-time basis.

        Why is he running?
        “It is very important for Bedford to elect a person who has the time and the energy to put into the job,” he said. “I have both.”