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  • Chairman: Salary based on 'market value'

    If approved as proposed, the new superintendent for Bedford County Public Schools will begin his position making more than outgoing superintendent Dr. James Blevins.

        On Feb. 28 the Bedford County School Board, on a 5-1 vote, voted to hire Dr. Douglas Schuch to succeed Blevins, who is retiring on June 30 after 11 years as superintendent of the school system. On Thursday the board is scheduled to approve Schuch’s contract which calls for him to make a base salary of $140,000, up from Blevins’ salary this year of $135,313.

  • Donation made to Bedford Hospice House

    Ronnie Miller, president and manager of Bedford Funeral Home, has seen, first hand, the benefits of a hospice house.

        Miller’s brother went in a hospice in Atlanta, Ga. Miller said the hospice was geared toward making the patient comfortable. It provided a tranquil setting for a terminally ill patient, rather than the hustle and bustle of a hospital.

        “They just made the patient so comfortable,” said Miller.

  • Supervisors close in on balanced budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors closed in on a balanced budget at a Monday evening work session.

        “This budget was driven by things we have never seen before,” commented County Administrator Kathleen Guzi.

  • New law has area retailers concerned with getting the lead out

    A new law called the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) went into effect last month.

        The law sets new limits for lead content for products primarily intended for children under 12 and requires certification that these products meet the new standard. The law is retroactive, applying to products made before Feb. 10, the day the law took effect.

        Whether new lead rules will pose a heavy burden depends on who you talk to.

  • Talbot Huff resigns school board seat

        District 2 School Board Member Talbot Huff had a surprise for his fellow county school board members Thursday night.

        “I could not support putting in a superintendent who had no management experience or has never been principal of a high school,” Huff said, before handing in a written resignation.

  • Perriello briefs Chamber on federal stimulus package

        Congressman Tom Perriello stopped by the Bedford Welcome Center after President Barack Obama signed the federal stimulus bill to talk to the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce about the federal stimulus package.

        “It’s about 40 percent tax cuts,” said Perriello.

        Perriello said most of these cuts middle class tax cuts. The spending is aimed to be counter cyclical.

  • Dr. Douglas Schuch picked as new school head

        Bedford County’s school board officially announced it’s choice of a new superintendent of schools at a press conference held Friday at Bedford Science and Technology center.

        “I’m pleased to announce that the board has appointed Dr. Douglas R. Schuch as our next superintendent,” said School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler.

  • Winter wonderland

        Central Virginia was on it’s way to a winter with unusually low snowfall. According to Phil Hysell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, Lynchburg had only seen 1.5 inches of snow all winter.

        That all changed starting Sunday afternoon when a strong winter storm system rolled up eastern  North Carolina and Virginia. It dumped 11.5 inches on Lynchburg giving that city its heaviest snowfall since February, 1996.

  • Free health screening reveals danger

        A free blood-sugar screening recently revealed a problem to a Bedford County man. It may have saved his life.

        Bedford Memorial Hospital conducts free blood-pressure and blood sugar screenings at area post offices every month. Last fall, Jackie Cunningham took advantage of one at the Forest Post Office.

        “It was just a convenient thing to do while I was in the post office,” Cunningham said.

  • Supervisors work to close budget hole

    Kathleen Guzi, the county’s administrator, noted that we are in truly unique economic times.

        “There’s more unknowns this year than I’ve ever had,” she told the supervisors at a budget work session last week.

        Guzi noted that this is the first time in 22 years that she has had to deal with a downward spiral in personal property tax revenue. She is confident that there will be growth again, but she doesn’t know whether the current downturn will be short term.