• Bedford County Sheriff's Office loses top investigator, friend

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its best investigators when cancer claimed Lt. Darryl Saunders last week. Saunders was lieutenant of the criminal investigations unit.

        “It left a big hole over here,” commented Major Ricky Gardner. “I’ve been here 30 years and he was here 28 years.”
        Saunders held a number of positions over the years, including road deputy and canine officer.

  • Residents sound off on road concerns to board

        Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a public hearing on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) six year secondary road plan for 2017 through 2022. Residents  living on Pike Road and Angel Place came to ask that these gravel roads be paved.

  • Town to hold public meeting on comp plan

        A public meeting has been scheduled to present information and to solicit input regarding the town of Bedford’s revision of its Comprehensive Plan. 

  • Schools to get $1M more from county

        School board chairman Gary Hostutler asked the board of supervisors for $3.45 million in additional school funding during a joint work session Monday evening. He didn’t get it, but the supervisors will provide a little more than $1 million in additional local funds for the next fiscal year.

  • It's official: Krantz will be next judge

        Randy Krantz was in Wednesday night Bible Study when he got the call – he had officially been selected as the next 24th General District Judge.

        Two days before the current Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney had been in  Richmond  meeting  with  a  joint committee of the House and Senate on the judicial appointment to replace retiring Judge Harold Black. The local legislative delegation had placed their support behind him for the appointment.

  • Nance to seek nomination for commonwealth’s attorney

        Stating he wants to build upon the legacy of his predecessor, Bedford Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance has announced his candidacy for the position of commonwealth’s attorney.

        Nance will be seeking the Republican nomination to fill the vacancy being left by current Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, who has been selected as the next 24th General District Judge, replacing the retiring Judge Harold Black.

  • Supervisors approve easement for airsoft range

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an easement that will allow Roanoke Airsoft to continue development of an airsoft range on Rucker Road, next to Moneta Park.
        Airsoft is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with soft pellets using airsoft guns.

  • Requests exceed available money

        Bedford County’s supervisors are, once again, faced with more budget requests than they have money to pay for. 
        Susan Crawford, the county’s director of fiscal management, presented the supervisors with the budget that had requests that exceed current revenue highlighted in gray. For example, the Sheriff’s Office has requested 17 new vehicles. Seven of these were in the gray section. Each vehicle, fully equipped, will cost an average of $48,000.

  • Clinton, Trump win in Virginia

        Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trounced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary election on Tuesday, and billionaire businessman Donald Trump narrowly defeated Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican contest.

  • A champion

        Last Tuesday Bedford Town Council voted to save some money and learned the town had a state champion mulberry.

        During citizens comments, Sandra Boyes told Council that Bedford has the Virginia state champion red mulberry tree at 528 South Street, in the side yard of the J. F. Wingfield House. The tree is 100 years old and is the survivor from a number of mulberry trees that were planted in Bedford as part of an effort to start a domestic silk industry.