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Today's News

  • Valley Processing sold; plant in Bedford shuts down

        Valley Processing in Bedford has closed its doors, leaving 40 of its employees out of work.
        The plant, which produces custom-mixed, rubber-based compounds, ceased operations last week, following the sale of the plant.
        Valley Processing was bought out by HEXPOL Compounding, which was consolidating operations which led to the Bedford plant being closed. The Bedford plant was not included in the sale.
        Four years ago Valley Processing purchased Rubatex out of bankruptcy.

  • Board OK’s budget

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the county’s budget, with all members present, during its regular meeting Monday. The vote followed a lengthy budget discussion during a work session that preceded the meeting.

  • Derby Day slated for May 6 at Avenel

        Derby Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at Avenel.

        Avenel Foundation marks the annual running of the Kentucky Derby with a festive event that serves as a major fundraiser. The Foundation exists to maintain the historic home.
        Avenel was built by Col. William Burwell to serve as a home for his family and his in-laws. That’s why the house has such a complex internal stair system. The two families shared the public areas of the house, but each had their own private section.

  • Love letters

        Bedford County’s Love Letters will be unveiled next week at the Bedford Welcome Center.

         These Love Letters are not amorous missives. The are actual, large, metal letters that spell out the word “LOVE.” It’s part of a state-wide tourism branding project and localities around the state are doing it. This initiative of the Virginia Tourism Corporation started in 2012.
        However, Bedford’s Love Letters are unique.

  • Centra BMH to expand ER

        Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital is about to embark on an expansion of its emergency department.

          In order to do that, the hospital needs a temporary home for that department while the work is being done. The solution is to temporarily move it to the second floor of the old hospital building. It will use parking in the area currently dedicated to administrative parking. There will be directional signs that will show people where they need to go. Volunteers will also be on hand to help people find their way.

  • Exhibit marks centennial of US entry into World War I

        The Bedford Museum opened an exhibit this month that marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. The United States declared war on the German Empire, and its allies, on April 6, 1917.

        Grace Peterson, the Museum’s archivist and business manager, arranged the display, selecting items loaned to the Museum by Lee Anthony. Peterson said the greatest difficulty in setting up the exhibit was deciding what not to put in the limited space she had to work with.

  • Art show, auction to benefit Big Otter Mill

        Friends of the Big Otter Mill will hold an art show and auction to raise money to complete the restoration of the Mill.

  • Montvale FD gets new pumper

        The Montvale Fire Department has purchased a new pumper, a brand new Pierce Rescue Engine with a tank capacity of 1,000 gallons.

        According to Montvale Fire Chief Scott Hawkins, the truck was bought through the county’s fire apparatus replacement rotation. The truck cost $520,000 and the county put up $260,000 of that amount. The fire department had to raise the rest. This price does not include the cost of the equipment the truck carries.

  • Bedford County Public Schools names teacher of the year finalists

        Three Bedford County teachers have been named as finalists for the 2018 Bedford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

        The winner will be announced at a dinner on April 27 at the Boonsboro Country Club.
        Jodi Shirey from Bedford Science and Technology Center, Cheryl Musgrove from Bedford Primary School and Brian Miller from Staunton River High School, have been named as finalists from among Teachers of the Year at each county school.

  • Town owes county $148,000

        Sonia Jammes, Bedford’s director of finance, had some strange news for Town Council last week. It seems that the Town received $148,000 in vehicle rental tax that was supposed to go to Bedford County.
        According to Jammes, the state department of taxation collects vehicle rental tax and divvies up the local share of the tax to localities depending on where the rental agency is located. The state depends on the agency to select the correct locality when it reports. This is where the problem comes in.