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Today's News

  • Chamber hosts Goodlatte at luncheon

        Congressman Bob Goodlatte was honored at a lunch hosted by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at the Welcome Center on Monday, for a pro-business voting record.

  • Wildland fire training offered

        The Virginia Department of Forestry celebrates its centennial this year, as well as its 30th anniversary in Bedford County, according to Jeremey Falkenau, the department’s area forester here. As part of the observance, Falkenau would like to invite people to the Bedford Wildland Fire Crew’s next team meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, located at 315 Bedford Avenue.

        “We’re trying to grow our members for the fire crew here,” Falkenau said.

  • Welcome Center administrative manager, Lynn Scott, retires

        Lynn Scott, who has served as the Welcome Center’s administrative manager as long as the Welcome Center has existed has retired.

        A Bedford native, Scott moved away and, after 28 years, returned to Bedford in 1999. She initially worked for Sue Montgomery, then the county’s director of economic development, before going to work for what was then the joint city/county tourism department.

  • Promoting tourism

        Sergei Troubetzkoy isn’t leaving town for a new job because he’s unhappy with Bedford County.

        Instead, it’s strictly a practical decision for a man who will be retiring in a few years.
        Troubetzkoy has taken a job as Lynchburg’s first director of tourism and last Friday was his final day as Bedford County’s director of tourism. “Friday the 13th,” he noted. 

  • Old Fashioned Homecoming

        Gross’ Orchard will hold an “Old Fashioned Homecoming Day,” June 28, as the inaugural event for the new Apple Valley Community Center.

        The Community Center is the Former Laurel Grove Presbyterian Church located directly across Va. 640 (Wheats Valley Road) from the orchard’s sales center.    
        “I hesitated buying it, but nobody wanted it for a church,” commented Walter Gross, who along with his son, Ronnie, operates the orchard.

  • Out of the ashes

        In December, the house built in 1891 that was home to Josephine Bibb—a well-known Bedford teacher from her birth until her death in 2003—caught fire. The house was damaged beyond repair and what was left of it was demolished a month later.
        But that was then.
        Now, a new house is rising at its site and, while it will look like a Victorian house, it’s being built using the most modern construction techniques.

    The owners

  • School budget OK'd

        There will be fewer teachers, larger class sizes and lower take-home pay.
        Maintenance will go unfunded, math specialists won’t be hired and the ninth grade class won’t be carrying their textbooks to school in a tablet.
        The 2014-2015 budget for Bedford County Public Schools is now adopted and it’s far less than what the school board had hoped to be able to spend.

  • Supervisors ready to help pay for sewer line extension

        Bedford County’s supervisors may have decided last week to help fund an extension of sewer lines in Moneta.
        This would solve Moneta Elementary School’s failing septic system problem, although the proposal that District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington brought up at the very end of last week’s meeting, just a little before midnight, would treat it as an economic development measure and funnel the funds though the Economic Development Authority (EDA) instead of transferring the money to the school board.    

  • Field of schemes: If you bill it, they will shun

     

    By Tom Wilmoth and 

    Mike Forster

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    Talk about sticker shock!

    That's exactly what Bedford County's American Legion baseball team got recently.

    The team, which has had a home behind Forest Middle School for years and years, suddenly finds itself priced out of the market.

    "Our rate has tripled," said Big Island Head Coach Kelley Russell.

  • JF girls advance to State final

     

    Eleven minutes into Jefferson Forest's Group 4A state semifinal match against heavily-favored Midlothian, Cassidy Ratliff's prayers came true.

    Less than two minutes later, so did her dreams.

    The senior forward scored two goals in that span; the first “a gift from God” that went through the hands of the Trojans goalkeeper.

    “I'm glad I prayed this morning,” Ratliff said after the game.