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Today's News

  • Reagan’s example lost in today’s GOP

        The recent death of Nancy Reagan brought with it a heavy media concentration on politics and history from the 1980s, reliving the time when her husband was unbeatable at the polls and the Republican Party was a very different institution.
        Nancy, herself, probably set the example for the modern first lady, before Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. She seldom got involved in policy, as Hillary did, but she was the most important person close to the president.

  • They are going to have to say ‘no’

        I often call the seats the supervisors sit in the hot seats. That’s because they usually must make decisions that will make somebody mad, no matter what they do. This is especially true when the time comes to work out the county’s budget for the year.
        It’s that happy time of the year again and the supervisors are facing the agonizing problem of more requests than they have money to fund. They have $94 million in revenue for the General Fund, but they have $98 million in spending requests.

  • Fire destroys mobile home Monday

        Early Monday morning several county fire departments were called to a structure fire at Dawn Place in Chamblissburg. The call was received just before 4 a.m.
        A family of four was displaced by the fire and is being assisted by the Red Cross. The structure is likely a total loss, according to Fire Marshal Jeff Pauley.
        Fire investigators began their investigation Monday morning and were on the scene most of the day. No official cause of the fire had been released as of Tuesday morning.
     

  • BCSO makes arrest in car larceny cases

        Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in a series of larcenies from vehicles on the south side of the county over the last several weeks. 

  • Supervisors approve easement for airsoft range

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an easement that will allow Roanoke Airsoft to continue development of an airsoft range on Rucker Road, next to Moneta Park.
        Airsoft is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with soft pellets using airsoft guns.

  • Making college work

        Markel Bonds, a Bedford native and 2015 Liberty High School graduate, has found an opportunity that he believes could pay his way through college.

        Although Bonds was extensively involved in sports in high school, it’s not an athletic scholarship that could let him graduate from Christopher Newport University in Newport News debt free.
        Bonds is majoring in communications and business and will run his own business this spring and summer as part of College Works Painting.

  • School board adopts budget

        The Bedford County School Board adopted a preliminary budget, Thursday night, which includes an increase of $3.45 million over last year in local funding.
        The total budget request that will be presented to the supervisors is for $101 million. The school board adopted the budget unanimously.
        This amount includes $35,000 for B team sports.

  • Foreign investment

        Bedford is going to receive some foreign investment. Two men from El Salvador, Louis Varca and Jimmy Sandoval, are opening a coffee shop in Bedford. It will be located in the former Ivybridge Cafe space on North Bridge Street.

  • A new look for BMH

        Less than two years ago Centra Health took over as sole owner of Bedford Memorial Hospital. Since then Centra has poured millions of dollars into the renovation and upgrade of the facility, both inside and out.

        Most recently, the hospital’s renovated medical/surgical unit opened with private rooms, upgraded décor and a design to foster better patient flow and interaction of the medical and nursing teams serving the patients.

  • Bench Press Competition

    By Margaret Pascale
    Sports Editor
    Sports@bedfordbulletin.com

        Caylin Tolbert and Kevin Seay won the overall female and male titles at the Bench Press competition this past Saturday, March 12 at the Bedford YMCA.
        The competition had 18 competitors mostly from the local area, but some came from as far away as South Boston.
        The competition was an unsanctioned event, which means little things, such as putting weights on your feet to help hold you down, were allowed.