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  • City council to consider raising real estate tax rate

    As Bedford City Council works through the upcoming budget proposal, several city programs are already being affected. And so might city residents’ pocket books. Council is considering raising both personal property and real estate taxes.

        During a work session last week, council agreed to advertise for the possibility of raising the real estate tax rate 5 cents from the current 81 cents per $100 of assessed value, along with a 26-cent increase to the personal property tax rate. Council is also considering raising the tax on cigarettes 10 cents.

  • Bedford County seniors earn college degrees while still in high school

    Though 22 Bedford high school seniors will have to wait until June 13 to graduate from their respective high schools, they already have one diploma.

        The students, the first class of the Early College Program in Bedford County, walked across the stage at the Liberty University Vines Center Thursday night to receive their general studies associate’s degrees from Central Virginia Community College.

  • Farmers: Be alert on county road

    Bedford County still boasts a large number of farms. This means that, at any time of year, you may encounter a local farmer on the highway with slow moving piece of equipment.

        “It’s going to pick up now that we are in planting season and harvesting season,” said Scott Baker, the county’s agricultural extension agent.

  • Sounding brass at the Bower Center

    The Bower Center for the Arts rang to the sounds of Vivaldi and Bizet as the Roanoke Chamber Brass performed Friday night.

        The Bower Center was the original St. John’s Episcopal Church, built more than 160 years ago. The concert, which included pieces ranging from an anonymous 16th century composition to late 20th century works, was performed in the church sanctuary, the antebellum portion of the building. The old sanctuary provides good acoustics as 19th century pastors couldn’t rely on electronic amplification to make their voices heard.

  • Burnette located in N.C.

    The 31-year-old man who allegedly fled from police following a traffic stop last month, injuring a Bedford city police officer in the process, was arrested last week in North Carolina.

        A warrant for the attempted capital murder of a police officer was issued for Brian Aubrey Burnette last month as a result of the incident. The warrant was a result of the stop made by Investigator Tim Stanley. According to Bedford Police, Burnette fled from Stanley in a van. 

  • Owner forfeits horses to county

    The Bedford County man accused of animal cruelty has agreed to forfeit all but one of his 24 horses to Bedford County,

        On March 30, Gary Chisom, 51, was arrested by a Bedford County Animal Control deputy and charged with animal cruelty. Last week animal control deputies executed a search warrant at 304 Stewart St. in Bedford County, as part of an ongoing investigation with the case.

  • Stimulus funding provides chance to weatherize home

    A program to help area residents weatherize their homes has received a financial boost from the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year. Now local officials are trying to let residents know they might be eligible for help.

        Normally classified as a low-income program, the weatherization initiative, with the help of the stimulus funding, is now being made available to more residents.

  • Paid staff

    Bedford County rescue squad members are looking for help.

        Volunteers with area squads turned out Monday night to ask the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to provide paid staff to supplement the volunteer squads.

        According to Richard Downey, president of the Bedford County Association of Rescue Squads, the supervisors’ fire and rescue committee has a proposal before them for additional career paramedics to staff ambulances. The committee consists of District 4 Supervisor John Sharp and District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry.

  • BCSO investigates animal cruelty case

    On Monday around 7:30 a.m., Bedford County Sheriff’s Animal Control deputies executed a search warrant at 304 Stewart St. in Bedford County, as part of an ongoing investigation involving animal cruelty.

        The search warrant specifically was looking into the deprivation of horses by Gary Chisom, the owner of the horses, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Lacrosse will have to wait at JF

        Students hoping to have lacrosse as a varsity sport at Jefferson Forest High School next spring will have to wait at least one more year following a vote by the Bedford County School Board Thursday night.

        On a 5-3 vote, the board voted down a motion to add the sport for next year. Three board members in the JF district — David Black, Gary Hostutler and Julie Bennington — voted in favor of the motion while Mickey VanDerwerker, Debbie Hoback, Joy Wright, Shirley McCabe and David Vaden cast the votes defeating it.