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  • Census 2010: Taking the count

    Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution specifies that a census shall be taken every 10 years in order to decide how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives.

        This is the year.

        That first census took place in 1790, when George Washington was president, and this puts the decennial count at the beginning of each decade. It’s 2010 and that means it’s time for us to do it again, for the 23rd time.

  • Supervisors won't raise rates next year

    Bedford County taxpayers won’t be paying any increased taxes next year. The tax rates the Board of Supervisors voted to advertise, following a Thursday evening work session, are unchanged from the current rates.

  • Waynesboro residents charged in connection with body found in river

    Three Waynesboro residents have been charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder in connection with the death of a Churchville man found dead in the James River March 7.

        Bedford and Augusta County deputies arrested the three suspects last Wednesday, March 17, in connection with the investigation that was initiated when the body of a then-unidentified male was found in the James River at the Snowden Bridge in Big Island. 

  • BMS student wins regional Spelling Bee

    Amelia Wentzel continues to show that practice pays off.

        Having won the Bedford County Spelling Bee last month, Wentzel won the Roanoke region competition Saturday. The 13-year-old Bedford Middle School eighth grader will now represent the region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee later this spring.

        She defeated 18 other school district spelling champions en route to winning The Roanoke Times 37th annual Spelling Bee.

  • Man faces more charges after incident at jail

    A Bedford County man, already charged with  attempted capital murder against a police officer, now faces additional charges of attempted malicious wounding and felony assault after an alleged incident at the Bedford Adult Detention Center on March 5.

  • Breaking: Arrests made in death investigation of body found in James River

    Three Waynesboro residents have been charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder in connection with the death of a Churchville man found dead in the James River March 7.

        Bedford and Augusta County deputies arrested the three suspects today (Wednesday, March 17)  in connection with the death investigation that was initiated when the body of a then-unidentified male was found in the James River at the Snowden Bridge in Big Island. 

  • Taking the reins at BMH

    Bedford Memorial Hospital’s new CEO is a familiar face. Patti Jurkus, who took the helm on Feb. 1, first came to Bedford Memorial in December, 1988.

        “I started in human resources,” she said.

        During her time at the hospital, she went back to school and earned her bachelor of science degree in management and development from Bluefield College. Then, she earned her MBA from Liberty University.

  • Council hears budget requests

    Representatives from several local organizations made their pitch to Bedford City Council last Tuesday asking that funding for them be included in the city’s upcoming budget.

        Dan Plattus, office manager of Bedford Main Street, listed numerous changes that the organization has undergone since last year, including a new Web site, a new brand for Centertown — the Bedford Art and Antique District — a new event (2nd Fridays) and a more coordinated effort of downtown merchants working together.

  • State budget still cuts education, health care, public safety

    RICHMOND – After much deliberation, the General Assembly has passed a two-year $82 billion budget that cuts spending on education, health care and public safety to bridge a $4 billion shortfall.

        But the cuts aren’t expected to hit the local school budget as much as originally anticipated.

        “Many previous unimaginable cuts would be necessary to produce a balanced budget,” said Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple of Arlington, who chairs the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus.

  • Stalin bust controversy reaches into Poland

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation’s decision to include a bust of Joseph Stalin in its sculpture program has drawn international attention.