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Today's News

  • Long, hard winter will soon give way

    My mother lives for the springtime.
        Until she can get out among the flowers, the birds, and the sunshine, winter is simply a cruel ordeal to be endured.
    Already in mid-February, she was going on about the robins in her Bedford County front yard, certain that they were “a sign of spring.”

  • Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
  • More coyotes taken this year

        Bedford County’s coyote lottery grew this year.
        The 97 coyotes taken represent a slight increase over last year in spite of winter weather that created poor conditions for trapping and hunting. The number of sponsors providing prize money also grew, providing enough money to create two additional prizes.

  • School days to be extended in BCPS

        After missing in excess of 11 days due to inclement weather this year, students in Bedford County Public Schools will be spending a little more time each day in class to make up for the lost time.

        On Thursday, the Bedford County School Board voted to extend the school day by 10 minutes March 31 through the end of the school year. In addition, the board gave school officials the option to extend that time even longer if needed to make up for more lost time.

  • A wild month for wild fires

        March is normally not a particularly bad month for wildfires, according to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, but this March has been different. Low humidity and strong winds on warm days created good conditions for fire.

        “We’ve been staying busy,” commented Creasy.

  • Consultant tells board one school proposal won't work

        A consultant with M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc., told the Bedford County School Board Thursday that a proposal to build a new middle school in the Liberty Zone with the plan to eventually convert it to a high school later on isn’t feasible.

        “It’s not a practical idea,” stated William W. Cram, executive vice president with M.B. Kahn. “The space you need in a high school is so different (from that of a middle school).”

  • Fee plan hits a snag

        The supervisors who were looking at a flat fee to fund opening a new cell at the landfill, and firetruck purchases got some bad news from County Attorney Carl Boggess Monday evening.
        Boggess began by reminding the supervisors that Virginia is a Dillon Rule state. This means that localities do not have the authority to do something unless the Code of Virginia gives them the authority to do it.

  • Chamber celebrates its 75th birthday

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce packed the Oakwood Country Club for its 75th anniversary dinner.

        The event drew 175 people. Actually, this is the anniversary of its incorporation in 1939. The Chamber is actually somewhat older and a House Joint Resolution, presented by the area’s House of Delegates delegation, recites some of that history.

  • 3 cent hike?

        When citizens show up for a public hearing, slated for April 7, to voice their opinions on the county’s budget, one of the issues they will be able to weigh in on is whether the county’s real estate tax rate should be raised.
        Last week, at a Wednesday evening work session, the supervisors voted to advertise a 3 cent per $100 of assessed value real estate tax increase.

  • Math CAN be FUN!

        The trick to teaching math? Getting students to enjoy it.

        While historically students often point to math as the subject they dislike the most, Body Camp Elementary is bucking the trend.
        And maybe setting a new standard.
        At the direction of Principal Scott Graham, the school has implemented the DreamBox Learning Math program into its curriculum.  And it’s making a difference.