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Today's News

  • Lady M-Men hit the road

        The Liberty girls’ basketball team hit the road on Tuesday for the longest ride of their careers.
        In the opening round of the Region 4A-West playoffs, the Lady Minutemen were to travel to Abingdon.
        For those of you who don’t have the travel bug, Abingdon is located 163 miles from Bedford.  That’s 326 miles round-trip.

  • BPD tries to fill openings

        Currently , staffing at the Bedford Police Department is down by a quarter of its allotted slots and Chief Todd Foreman is hoping to soon fill those positions.
        In all, the department at full force would have 24 officers; currently there are 18, including Foreman.
        “We’re trying to recruit,” Foreman said this week. “We’re having difficulties having good qualified applicants apply.”

  • School budget

        The Bedford County School Board  is scheduled to formally present its budget for the 2015-2016 school year on March 23 to the county supervisors.
        On Monday, the supervisors were reluctant to comment on the budget prior to that presentation, but did question where additional funding would come from if that is eventually requested by the school board.

  • Supervisors endorse Virginia Mountains tourism designation

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing a “Virginia Mountains” regional state tourism marketing designation for the county.
        Jerry Craig, the county’s tourism director, told the supervisors the county is currently in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Central Virginia” marketing region.
        “We are the western-most county in the Central Virginia region,” Craig said.

  • Comp plan moves on to supervisors

        No one showed up for the public hearing last week on the county’s revised comprehensive plan. The revised plan, which the planning commission has been working on since 2013, was unanimously forwarded to the board of supervisors after a revision on the section for parks and rec easements.
        “That sounds like a lot of easements,” commented District 4 Planning Commission member Josiah Tillett after reading the section.

  • Jury convicts Harris

        A federal jury convicted a naval officer on Monday of coercing nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 into sending him explicit photos and videos of themselves.
        Lt. Daniel Chase Harris, 31, of Virginia Beach, is set to be sentenced July 13 in U.S. District Court on 31 felonies – including 13 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of obstruction of justice. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and the maximum of life.

  • Springer Spaniel from Bedford County takes honors at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds, a Springer Spaniel who grew up in Bedford County, won top honors in the Sporting Group category at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her registered name — she normally goes by Liz — reflects her rather complicated background.

        The Wynmoor part of her registered name comes from Wynmoor English Springers, the Bedford County Kennel where she grew up.
        “My parents are the ones who started off with it,” said Dr. Erin Kerfoot.

  • Jennings showed magic in work, hobby

    John Jennings was a magical person in many ways.

  • More than snowmen

        You probably noticed the orange orangutan leaning on a lamp post next to Town Kitchen Provisions. The sculpture, made entirely of snow, is the work of Bobby Fuller, owner of Bartertown Art. His art studio is in transition, at present, and is slated to reopen near the Millstone Tea Room this summer.

        Fuller’s normal art medium is stuff people throw away.
        “Everything I make is out of 100 percent recycled,” Fuller said.

  • Dr. Schuch asks for 4.7% salary adjustment for teachers

    By Tom Wilmoth and John Barnhart
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        The budget takes center stage for the Bedford County School Board this week as it begins working through the proposed $106.39 million budget proposed by Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        The proposed budget includes an operating fund request of $100.26 million, up 2.21 percent from last year, and the restoration of $1 million to the school maintenance project fund.