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Today's News

  • The project is underway. Liberty Middle School breaks ground

        Members of the Bedford County School Board, Bedford County Board of Supervisors, M.B. Kahn Construction and others gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new middle school in the Liberty zone.     Liberty Middle School is slated to be open in Aug. 2018 with actual construction expected to begin in the next couple of weeks.

  • ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Scams

    By Sheriff Mike Brown
    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office

        With the holidays ramping up and seasonal shopping in full swing, criminals are also gearing up for a busy season. Cyber criminals don’t take the holidays off. In fact, they’re especially busy trying to steal your money and personal information.

  • The people’s choice? That’s Clinton

        As the reports of Cabinet selections, and such, are coming in, the national vote tallies go more and more toward Hillary Clinton in the popular vote for president.
        As of this writing, Clinton had more than 64 million votes, with her opponent at 62 million-plus. It’s a lead of about 2 million votes, and a percentage of about 48.6 to 47.0.

  • Donald trumps Hillary on peace

        Next year, after he is sworn in, I hope Donald Trump keeps his promise to put the brakes on tensions between the United States and Russia.
        The only one benefiting from the current level of tension is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Barack Obama has provided him with a convenient bogeyman. With our current community organizer in chief in charge, the United States provides what Vladimir Vladimirovich’s domestic political theater needs — a foreign threat that is actually no threat at all.

  • Let it go

        Some just aren’t willing to let it go.
        Though Donald Trump easily won the needed votes to cruise to an Electoral College victory for president, many of the liberal elite and those within the national media are now pushing for recounts and even an overturn of the Electoral College system.
        Anything to keep the pot stirred up and try to delegitimize Trump’s victory.
        It’s quite a turn of events.

  • School employees to receive 2% pay raise as of Dec. 1

        Employees of Bedford County Public Schools will receive a 2 percent pay raise, beginning with the check they receive on Dec. 30.
        At its meeting on Nov. 21, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved enough local funds to support the 2 percent pay raise for all employees that the Bedford County School Board approved in the FY 2017 budget. This raise is effective Dec. 1 and applies to all full-time, part-time, substitute, and hourly employees, and will be reflected in the paycheck at the end of December.

  • Former Sonic employee sentenced for B & E

        A former employee of Sonic in Bedford, arrested for breaking into the fast-food restaurant Feb. 1, has been sentenced on the charges related to the break-in as well as on an embezzlement charge from the restaurant.

  • Supervisors grant pay raises

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted pay raises for full time and part time county employees, effective Dec. 1.
        The raises are the result of a salary study that indicated that Bedford County salaries are substantially lower than those paid by surrounding localities. It will cost $900,000 to implement the pay raises for the rest of the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30.
        The raises range from 2 percent to 32 percent, depending on how a position ranked in the study.

  • Council considers tax exempt request

        A public hearing on a request by Bedford’s Elks Lodge for real estate tax exempt status drew only one speaker. Tim Childress, a member of the Lodge who spoke in favor of it.
        Childress said the Lodge’s directors are not paid and no money goes to any members and the Lodge does not attempt to influence legislation.
        “The tax is significant to the the Lodge but is negligible to the town,” Childress said.

  • Making a dream come true

        Once again, Ron Sisson proves that electrical engineers can write.