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Today's News

  • County leases Group Home facilities

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved leasing the four cottages of the former Group Home on Falling Creek Road to Lutheran Family Services.
        The non-profit organization will lease the buildings for a total of $120,000 per year. The Group Home closed in January, 2013 after a fall in court ordered residential placements under the Comprehensive Youth Services Act due to a change in state philosophy on how to handle these situations.

  • School Board begins trimming its budget

    In an effort to cut $4.8 million from its proposed budget, the Bedford County School Board is looking at cutting 46 teaching and administrative positions this year, in just one cost-savings measure being considered.
        The board discussed the revised budget numbers Thursday night and also approved, as part of that cost-savings, its healthcare insurance premiums for the year. Premiums to school employees will go up; so will deductibles.

  • GA, governor still have work to finish

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Wrap Up breakfast wasn’t exactly a wrap up. Although the Bedford area’s General Assembly delegation was able to report on a number of finished pieces of legislation, Virginia still remains without a budget.

  • New recreation advisory board is established

        Bedford County’s supervisors have set up a new recreation advisory board, approving it at their last meeting in April.
        According to Wyatt Woody, the county’s parks and recreation director, Bedford County at one time had a recreation commission, which actually made policy decisions and dealt directly with staff. This commission was disbanded in 2004. Later, Michael Stokes, Woody’s predecessor as parks an recreation director, set up and advisory board, but could never get a quorum for meetings.

  • Student Advisory Council 2013-2014

        The best comment at the Bedford County School Board meeting Thursday night just might have come from Thomas Messier, a student at Bedford Middle School.

        Messier, a member of this year’s Student Advisory Council, speaking about the need for improvements at Liberty High School, noted that LHS was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year of being open, adding “so is its gym.”

  • Woodson named Bedford County's Teacher of the Year

        Jefferson Forest High School English teacher Debra Woodson has been named Bedford County's Teacher of the Year.
        Woodson was selected from a group of three finalists that also included Eric Martin, physical education teacher at Stewartsville Elementary and Sandra Brookshier, life science teacher at Bedford Middle School. Those three were selected from the Teachers of the Year that had been named at each school.

  • After 8 decades, this '35 Ford Tudor still looks brand new

    Tommy Harper has a family car that has won numerous awards, including national awards in car shows. It even made an appearance in the February, 2014 edition of Automobile Magazine.

  • Robbery suspect sought

    An armed man robbed the Spirit Market in Bedford Monday night and police continue to look for the suspect.

  • Y strives to help create a healthy community

        From the young to the elderly, the Bedford Area Family YMCA is helping area residents embrace healthier lifestyles. The hidden secret is the local Y is much, much more than a gymnasium—in who it touches, in what it offers to the community—it’s a cause.

        And May 14, the Y kicks off its campaign to raise funds so it can provide services to those who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
        
    The Y—So Much More

  • Family protects property from future development

        Several hundred acres of Bedford County farmland is safe from development, thanks to action by Linwood and Pam Willoughby and two of their children.
        The Willoughbys own 350 acres in the Chamblissburg area and their daughter, Holly Willoughby, owns 205 adjoining acres. Another daughter, Rhonda Nunley, and her husband, Tom Nunley, own an additional 233 acres, separated from the others by a 600-foot wide strip of land. They all have put their land under a conservation easement with the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy.