Local News

  • County water, sewer rates rise

    Bedford County’s water and sewer rates are going up, effective July 1.

        The new water rate will be $5 per 1,000 gallons, an 11 percent increase. Sewage will cost $6 per 1,000 gallons, a 20 percent increase. This follows a 5 percent increase in the water rate and a 14 percent increase in sewage rates last year.

        Why the back-to-back rate hikes?

  • Breaking: Council to fund Main Street program for six months

    Bedford Main Street, Inc. will receive funding from the city of Bedford for the next six months, but representatives from the organization must appear before city council in July to explain how they plan to reorganize.

  • Transition begins for new superintendent

    Dr. Douglas Schuch began in earnest last week the transition process to become the new superintendent of Bedford County Public Schools.

        Schuch was in Bedford visiting the county’s schools, meeting with principals and attending the school board meeting Thursday and high school graduations on Saturday. On Friday, he was officially sworn in for the superintendent’s position at the court house by Cathy C. Hogan, Clerk of the Circuit Court.

  • Conference features historian

    A conference, Overlord Echoes, held at Liberty University featured both scholars and D-Day veterans.  The veterans told about what they personally saw and experienced. The scholars gave the larger picture.

  • Local voters follow state in primary voting

    n spite of spending more than Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran put together, Terry McAullife scored only 26 percent of the vote in the primary that Virginia’s Democrats held to determine who their candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would be. Last Tuesday's primary results in the Bedford area were much like those in the rest of the state.

        Bedford County saw 1,635 people cast ballots, according to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. Creigh Deeds got 1,001 votes while McAullife got 453. Moran came in a distant third with 152 votes.

  • Bedford Humane Society purchases land for adoption center

    The Bedford Humane Society’s search for a suitable site on which to build its limited admission, no kill animal adoption center came to a close last Friday with the purchase of a 3.3 acre parcel of land on Ole Turnpike Drive.

         The property is the site of the former Bedford County Girl’s Home.  A preliminary site plan for a 6,000 square-foot animal shelter building was approved by the city of Bedford prior to acquisition of the parcel.

  • Passing the budget

        The city of Bedford will continue to provide school resource officers for Bedford Elementary and Bedford Middle School, but will eliminate its economic development coordinator position. And just what funding the Bedford Main Street, Inc. program will receive has yet to be determined.

  • Celebration

    More than 800 seniors from the three Bedford County high schools walked across the floor of the Vines Center at Liberty University Saturday to receive their diplomas and officially become graduates. They were urged to embrace the challenges ahead and be willing to take risks.


    Jefferson Forest High School

  • Perfect attendance: JF student doesn't miss a day

         As a student at Forest Elementary School, Kelsey Shelton found out early on it paid to go to class, receiving certificates and awards for perfect attendance.

        So she set as one of her goals in life to not miss a day of school. This week, that goal became reality.

  • Recalling Overlord

    Jenny Creasy and Carolyn Rogers of Roanoke looked intently at the map. They were searching for the spot where their uncle, Joseph Comer Sr., had been dropped during the Normandy invasion that began June 6,1944.

        Comer had been a member of the 82nd Airborne at D-Day. He, along with his nieces and son, attended Saturday’s 65th anniversary commemoration at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.