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Today's News

  • Tibbs says there will be changes coming to BMH

        For Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs, Centra’s upcoming purchase of Carilion’s interest in Bedford Memorial Hospital “is really a homecoming.”

        “The people there are a lot of my own family, my neighbors, my friends – people I see daily,” Tibbs said. “This is deeply personal.”

  • SES sees big results

        When Susan Mele arrived as principal at Stewartsville Elementary, the majority of her day was taken up dealing with discipline issues at the school.

  • Council facing election

        When reversion took place last July, the newly-formed town of Bedford brought in 313 new residents as a result of boundary adjustments with Bedford County.
        That represented a 5.1 percent increase in population for the town. And it means, by breaking that 5 percent threshold, that all town council seats, just elected during a special election in May, will once again be up for election.
        That’s what the reversion rules spelled out.

  • Digital classrooms gain traction

        A group of eighth graders from Bedford County’s three middle schools have been living “in the clouds” this school year—but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been learning.
        In fact, the consensus seems to be that digital learning is the future for the students of tomorrow and that tomorrow is closer than we think.
        “I love it,” stated Bedford Middle School eighth grade math teacher Dorothy Roach. “I wish all my kids had computers (for school).”

  • Hoarding hampers firefighters’ efforts

        According to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, firefighters are running into a situation inside some houses, when they respond to a fire, that hampers their ability to fight the fire. That obstacle: hoarding.
        “We’ve seen a growing number of houses that have hoarding-like conditions in recent years,” Creasy said.

  • Arrington delays resignation

    If you showed up at the board of supervisor’s Monday evening work session, you probably noticed that there was a person sitting in the District 5 seat who looks a lot like Steve Arrington; that’s because it was him.

        Arrington, who announced at the supervisors’ last regular meeting of 2013, that he plans on stepping down from the board of supervisors has delayed the effective date of that resignation. He said he is postponing the effective date because there are issues he wants to finish.

  • Evington man pleads guilty to 31 charges stemming from vehicle break-ins

        A 25-year-old Evington man pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor counts associated with thefts from vehicles and the subsequent use of stolen credit cards.
        Christopher Michael Powell had a total of 31 counts in Bedford County and is facing charges in other jurisdictions as well. Those included 19 felony counts of credit card larceny, four counts of credit card fraud, three counts of grand larceny, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four misdemeanor counts of petit larceny.

  • BRWA responds to lawsuit

        Calling it “irrational” and “unnecessary,” representatives from the Bedford Regional Water Authority have crafted their response to a lawsuit challenging the legality of the proposed Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant Project.
        Earlier this month Bedford Weaving filed the lawsuit in an attempt to block the BRWA from constructing the new water treatment plant at Smith Mountain Lake and the water lines that would carry the treated water from the Lake to Forest.

  • Centra to purchase Carilion's interest in Bedford Memorial

    The Board of Directors of Bedford Memorial Hospital and Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center have endorsed a plan to transfer full ownership of the facilities to Centra in 2014.

    Since 2001, the 50-bed community hospital and 111-bed long-term care facility have been co-owned by Centra and Carilion Clinic. Carilion will sell its 50 percent ownership to Centra.

  • Board looks at signs, rentals

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a discussion, at a 5 p. m. work session Monday, on proposals initiated by the supervisors to change the county's zoning and subdivision ordinances. No action was taken at the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting that followed.

    Signage restrictions
        One item was a proposal to eliminate the signage restrictions from corridor overlay districts. Corridor overlays are applied to certain highways and add additional restrictions to the underlying zone's requirements.