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Today's News

  • Restoration fundraiser slated for May 10

    Friends of Big Otter Mill and the 24th Masonic District are teaming up for a fundraiser at Big Otter Mill on Saturday, May 10.

        All profits from the fundraiser, a BBQ dinner, will go to the mill restoration project and Masonic District charitable projects. The mill will be open for tours during the fundraiser, which takes place from 3-7 p.m.
        “We are trying to get it restored,” said Tom Richardson, a member of the mill’s board of directors.

  • D-Day Memorial seating gets a facelift

    Workers from F & S Building Innovations spent Monday installing new surfaces, donated by Trex, a company located in Harrisonburg, to the benches that surround the plaza at the National D-Day Memorial.

        The Trex material looks like stained wooden planks. The workers saw it and use construction screws to secure the planks in place, but it’s not wood. It’s made of recycled plastic bottles. According to Martin Leamy, the D-Day Memorial’s site manager, it’s more weather resistant than pressure treated wood.

  • Husband, wife crime team enter guilty pleas

        Two 19-year-old married teens entered guilty pleas to multiple felony counts in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

        The couple were among 50 people arrested last year following an investigation by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Leigha Bragg Hall entered guilty pleas for breaking and entering, grand larceny, credit card theft and credit card fraud.

  • Thaxton man to serve 8 years on child porn charges

        A Thaxton man will spend eight years in prison, following a contested sentencing hearing last week in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        Judge James Updike sentenced David Wayne Seabolt, 58, to 18 years in prison, with 10 years suspended on his10 felony convictions of possessing, 1st count and 10 felony convictions, subsequent offense.

  • Supervisors vote for tax hike

    Taxes are going up.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 Monday night to set the real estate tax rate for the next fiscal year at 52 cents per $100 in assessed value. This is a 2 cent increase over the previous tax rate of 50 cents.
        Although the budget county staff presented was balanced without the tax increase, some supervisors felt it left important issues unaddressed.

  • Celebrating 45 years at Camp Virginia Jaycee!

    Just more than 45 years ago, Bill Robertson had set a plan in motion.

  • School board looks for savings

        In an effort to trim more than $1 million from its budget proposal, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to change its health insurance plans for employees.
        And more changes may be on the way.
        Under the current plans offered to employees, the cost of insurance would have jumped by 28 percent in the upcoming 2014-2015 budget, well over $2 million in additional cost. But the school board is looking for savings from its budget request to the county.

  • How to live to be 100

        The Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation hosted a presentation by Lynchburg College on aging. The title was “How to Live to Be 100.”

        According to Dr. Todd Olsen, a Lynchburg College professor, there are currently 79,682 centenarians in the United States and that number is expected to top 600,000 by the middle of the century.

  • Probation and Parole honored

        Crystal Pulley, chief probation and officer in Bedford County, was honored with the Department of Defense’s Patriot Award. This is given to employers who have gone above and beyond expectations in supporting the national guard and reserves.

  • Honor Flight visits D-Day Memorial

        An East Tennessee Honor Flight stopped by the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.  The group included 19 World War II veterans and four Korean War Veterans.

        Aroas “Gene” Bennett, who received the Bronze Star during his service with the 341st Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Division was one of the group and was wearing his military decorations, which included the badge indicating he shot expert with the M-1 Garand and M-1 carbine.