• Local elections not contested so far; deadline was Tues.

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

        It appears, as of press time, that Bedford County’s elections for board of supervisors and school board will be uncontested.

  • Austin is part of 3-way race for 19th House District seat

        “I feel pretty good about it,” Austin said about securing the Republican nomination for the 19th House of Delegates district. He made a particularly strong showing in Botetourt County.

  • Supervisors not interested in joining regional library study

    Bedford County will not be joining Lynchburg and Campbell County in a study to determine what savings a regional library system would bring.

  • Bedford City Council close to adopting budget—for the town

    By Tom Wilmoth and John Barnhart

        With no residents showing up to speak at a public hearing on the proposed budget for the town of Bedford, which becomes a reality July 1 when the city officially reverts to a town, Bedford City Council is now ready to finalize the community’s first town budget in more than four decades.

  • Local pharmacists actions go beyond filling prescriptions

        The Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue honored volunteer first responders for their work in the past year during a ceremony last Thursday.

        Firefighters run into burning buildings when everybody else runs out. EMTs and paramedics keep people alive during medical emergencies as they transport them to the hospital. Two of the people honored, however, were not firefighters or rescue squad members—Bruno Andrade and Alex  Lenhart are CVS pharmacists.

  • Board turns down sheriff

        Last week’s supervisors’ meeting began with John Briscoe asking them, during the citizen comment period at the meeting’s beginning, to avoid doing anything that is not revenue neutral.
        Briscoe’s comments were in reference to a request from Sheriff Mike Brown to apply for a federal grant to pay for three school resource officers (SRO) for the county’s elementary schools. Briscoe said that grants like this can increase both the size of the budget and the size of the county’s government.

  • Wilkerson to seek District 3 seat

        “It appears that way,” Steve Wilkerson said, when asked in a phone interview if he is running for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat.
        Yes, he’s running. He’s already turned in his preliminary paperwork to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. He’s also secured the Republican Party’s nod, according to Nate Boyer, the Bedford County Republican Party Chairman.

  • Cheek won't seek re-election

        Roger Cheek is calling it quits after 18 years representing District 3 on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.
        He’s the longest serving supervisor currently on the board, a status he said he never thought he would achieve when first elected.

  • Supervisors approve bus facility

        David Halsey, who owns Grand Tour & Charter, will be able to build a facility for his tour buses in Montvale.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved his special use permit, Monday night, by a 6-0 vote. District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek was absent. The planning commission voted 6-0 with 6th district planning commission member Derrick Noell absent.

  • Democrats to hold primary

        Democrats will hold a primary to select candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.  The primary, which is open to all registered voters, will be held on June 11 with polls opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. People wishing to vote in this primary, which is tax-payer funded, should go to their regular polling place. The deadline for voting by absentee ballot is June 8.
        If you aren’t registered to vote, there is still time. The cut-off date for registering is May 20.