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Today's News

  • Residents oppose proposed ordinance changes

        Two board of supervisors-initiated amendments to the subdivision ordinance and zoning ordinance drew fire from some people at public hearings held by the planning commission last week.
        One area of contention was what Commission Chairman Steve Wilkerson called a “very specific” provision on private streets in subdivisions. It only applies to subdivisions that were in existence prior to 1989 and have an existing private street.

  • Mother, daughters attend classes together at CVCC

        Not too many mothers go to school with their daughters, but that’s what happened to Angelika Gutierrez, a county resident, and her daughters Ariel Gutierrez and Jillian Branch. All three recently attended Central Virginia Community College’s (CVCC) Bedford campus at the same time.

        Angelika had originally started taking classes when Jillian was a baby, but the combination of classes and family were just too much and she quit.
        “Jillian got me to go back to CVCC,” Angelika said.

  • New rec association board holds first meeting

        Bedford, once it reverted to town status, got out of the recreation business. Instead of a recreation department, the town now has a recreation association, joining the county’s other 10 associations as the 11th.

        “After tonight I have no official role,” commented Assistant City Manager Bart Warner at the organizational meeting. Warner chaired the meeting until the board could adopt its bylaws and elect officers.
        “This is the beginning of a brand new thing,” he said.

  • Local woman leads ministry to help Rwandan people

        Nancy Strachan likes handing out hugs, and getting them.

        Through her ministry Rwandan HUGS, she does plenty of both.
        HUGS is an acronym for Help Us Get Started. The ministry's mission is to “embrace, encourage and empower the people of Rwanda, and share their stories,” as they continue to recover from the 1994 genocide in which extremist Hutus killed more than 1.1 million people in 100 days.

  • Board to take look at facilities use policy

        As the result of a citizen’s comment at a recent board meeting questioning the costs of using a school facility, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors will review its facilities use policy at the upcoming Dec. 5 meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the School Board Office Conference Room.

  • Students look beyond themselves to help others

    Television was full of scenes of devastation after a powerful typhoon struck the Philippines two weeks ago. Photos from the hard-hit city of Tacloban looked much like World War II photos of Pacific islands after they had been shelled by battleships.

  • Karl enters pleas in child molestation case

        Faced with three charges of aggravated sexual battery against three girls, Douglas Earl Karl Jr, 31, of Amherst, chose to make Alford pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday.
        An Alford plea is when a defendant, while maintaining his innocence, pleads guilty due to the evidence the prosecution has against him. He will serve 18 months in prison as a result of the plea agreement.
        “I plead guilty as it’s in my best interest,” said Karl to the charges.

  • Trailer, tent stolen from Big Otter Mill; reward offered for recovery

        A reward is being offered for the recovery of items stolen from the Big Otter Mill last week.
        It is believed that sometime between Thursday, Nov. 14, and Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, a car trailer was stolen from the Mill, located on Big Island Highway, north of Liberty High School. Stolen was a white, 24’ x 8.5’, dual axel car trailer. Inside was a 60’ x 30’ tent with ropes and poles. The thief apparently cut the security lock and pulled the trailer away with a sizable truck.

  • Working to allow Americans to keep their health plans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last week, the House approved legislation to allow Fifth District families to keep their health care policies in 2014. H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, passed the House with bipartisan support.

     

  • Paying tribute to our nation’s veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Communicating with the people of Virginia’s 5th District and hearing your feedback is very important to us. In order to ensure that we keep you up to date on what is going on from month to month, we record a monthly video address. You may watch the video address here, and you may read the address below: