• Bedford Police Department now at full strength

        Bedford’s police department is now up to full strength with the hiring of Lt. Carla Spencer.
        According to Chief Todd Foreman, the department, with an authorized strength of 24, had been short eight officers a year ago. Foreman deliberately left the lieutenant’s slot open as the last to be filled.

  • McKelvey to seek 5th District GOP nomination

        Following Congressman Robert Hurt’s announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term, Jim McKelvey has become the first Republican to toss his hat in the ring for his party’s nomination to run for the seat.

        McKelvey originally sought the nomination back in 2010. He came in second in a crowded field with a little better than a quarter of the votes cast. Hurt won the nomination and went on to win the election, unseating incumbent Tom Perriello who, in turn, had unseated incumbent Virgil Goode in 2008.

  • Eubank ends more than 40 years of public service

        On January 1, 1968, Lucille Boggess became the County’s first female Commissioner of the Revenue. 

        On that same day, Faye Eubank began working as one of her deputies.  As a 19 year old, Eubank had started working part time for former Commissioner, Garrett Ballard in May of 1967.

  • Hurt won’t seek fourth term

        Congressman Robert Hurt, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, unseating former Congressman Tom Periello after one term, will not seek a fourth term next year.

  • Mark Carter promoted to lieutenant

        Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue, said the department likes to promote from within. They did that last week when Mark Carter was promoted to lieutenant.

        Carter is a native of Body Camp. He attended Virginia Tech for two years before switching to the Jefferson College of Health Science, graduating with a medical associates degree that qualified him as  a paramedic. He’s both a nationally registered and state certified paramedic.

  • Out of the ‘trailer park’

        Bedford County Fire and Rescue made its official move from what some called “the trailer park” into its new quarters on Sept. 1.

  • As year ends, some farewell remarks

        Monday night’s supervisor’s meeting marked the last appearance of four elected officials.        

        Commissioner of the Revenue Faye Eubank’s term of office ends Dec. 31 and she did not seek reelection, ending a 48-year career with Bedford County. She made a final appearance before the supervisors explaining why attempting to do real estate reappraisals in-house, rather than hiring a firm to do them, won’t provide any advantage.

  • County supports rail study

        Bedford County will join other localities to fund a study that may convince the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to reconsider its decision to not include Bedford as a stop for an Amtrak train that will run between Lynchburg and Roanoke.

  • Resident asks council to lower taxi rates

        A resident wanting to start a taxi service in town asked Bedford Town Council to consider lowering its rates to make her charges competitive.
        Penny Beard has filed paperwork to have a cab service in town, but told council members at Tuesday’s meeting that the current rates are too high. She asked that rates be changed to be more in line with what Roanoke has in place.

  • They want an Amtrak stop

        The possibility of getting an Amtrak stop in Bedford isn’t dead, but local governing bodies will have to move fast.
        After the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) chose not to include Bedford as a stop for an Amtrak train that will run between Lynchburg and Roanoke, a volunteer group consisting of people from Bedford County and Franklin County got to work and assembled a set of facts that show that the stop would have an economic impact that would reach beyond Bedford, going down into Franklin County.