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Local News

  • Supervisors approve campground

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors agreed, Monday night, that Garland Simmons’ request for a special use permit to build a campground on a portion of his farm would have been a simple process had he followed the rules. In the end, however, the supervisors approved the request.

  • Red Cross honors SRHS

        Staunton River High School’s (SRHS) students were honored for their efforts to raise money for the Historic Virginia Chapter.

  • People to People

        Several area middle school students will be part of a delegation from Virginia participating in a People to People Leadership trip to Australia this summer.

  • Budget hearing draws requests for fewer cuts

        Virginia’s General Assembly convenes today in its biennial “short session” in which it tweaks the two-year budget adopted the previous year.

  • Bedford Alzheimer’s support group folds

        Bedford’s Alzheimer’s support group has folded. The group held its last meeting in November, according to Cindy BonDurant. BonDurant is regional director for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

        BonDurant said that the Bedford group, which held meetings on the third Monday of each month at 3 p.m., had zero attendance month after month for the last two years. That mystifies her.

  • Letters

    Some things need to change

        I read the article in last weeks paper about the cock fighting.

        The Humane Society of the United States is a wonderful organization that fights to protect animal rights and has support from people from all walks of life that send whatever donation they can.

        People now have access to newspapers, T.V. and the Internet and know more of what is going on than they did years ago.

  • Council re-elects Tharp as mayor

        Bedford City Council will have plenty on its plate the next year as it considers whether to revert to town status and works to balance a budget in these tough economic times. Monday night council officially began its work for the year by swearing in those council members who were elected in November — including first-time member Steve Rush — and by re-electing Skip Tharp as the city’s mayor.

  • Getting Alarmed

    A state grant is making it possible for the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department to install free smoke detectors.

        The grant is from the Virginia Department of Health and has allowed the fire department to buy 500 smoke detectors. It also paid for tools to install the detectors and nine volt lithium batteries, according to Kenny Taggart, who is heading up the program. Taggart said that the grant requires these batteries, allegedly good for 10 years, rather than less expensive batteries.

  • School board facing millions in funding cuts

        With Bedford County Schools expected to receive about $5 million less in state funding than last year, this year’s budget process is expected to be a challenge. That process will get underway this week as the school board holds a work session Thursday afternoon and then a public hearing on the budget that evening.

        “We’re looking at almost every single line item and every program,” stated Randy Hagler, director of finance for the school system. “It’s going to be a pretty difficult year.”

  • State budget will challenge General Assembly

    Virginia’s General Assembly will face a serious budgetary challenge when it convenes in Richmond on Jan. 14.

        “The picture is not pretty,” commented Delegate Lacey Putney, chairman of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.

        The Appropriations Committee, one of 14 standing Committees of Virginia’s  House of Delegates, has jurisdiction over state budget matters, according to the committee’s Web site.