Today's News

  • Name for new Reserve Center will soon be released

        It’s been a long-time coming, but a name for the new Army Reserve Center has been chosen. The Reserve Center is located on U. S. 460, just west of Bedford, in the new Harmony center.
        According to Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jody Martin, who manages the facility, the Reserve usually names a Reserve center in honor of a local soldier who has been killed in a recent conflict. Fortunately, the Bedford area has not lost any Army Reservists in combat in either of the two Iraq wars or in Afghanistan.

  • Decorated WWII vet to speak at ceremony

        The National D-Day Memorial will host a special ceremony, “Honoring our Veterans,”  on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. 

        The ceremony includes music by Bedford Elementary School students, guest speakers including award winning author Alex Kershaw and World War II veteran Roger Neighborgall, a presentation of historic flags by regional JROTC groups (to include five area high schools), a Bronze Star presentation and recognition of all veterans. 

  • Raintree holds its first ‘Community Day’

        Raintree Village Apartments held what Maisie Waro, the apartment complex’s manager hopes will be at least an annual event Thursday afternoon. It was simply called “Community Day.”

  • Voter turnout was good

        A warm, sunny election day brought more voters than anticipated to the polls yesterday. According to Barbara Gunter, total voter turnout across the county was 11.7 percent by 11:35 a.m, but some precincts had reached 14 percent and the Knights of Columbus precinct, in Forest, was the morning turnout champion with 18 percent of its registered voters having cast ballots before noon.

        Gunter, in a phone interview before noon, said turnout was higher than expected at that point.

  • The voters have spoken

        This year's state and local election, held on a sunny day with mild temperatures, brought out a larger than anticipated percentage of voters. Preliminary figures show that 21 percent of registered voters in Bedford County cast ballots yesterday.

        Voters reelected Sheriff Mike Brown by a margin of 76 percent with 10,225 voters casting ballots to reelect him. Charles Stebbins received 24 percent of the vote with 3,160 votes cast in his favor.

  • Council looks at stronger regs on those who don’t keep up property

        Town Council is looking to strengthen the town’s ordinance dealing with property owners who don’t maintain their property.
        “We have a number of consistent violators, “ Town Manager Charles Kolakowki told Council during a work session last week.
        Kolakowski said the vast majority of the problem property owners are out of town. Some are out of state. Some “use us for a lawn service.”

  • Bedford County makes progress on safer fire trucks

        According to Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue, a tax increase in 2014 and a plan developed by the county’s volunteer fire chiefs, has made it possible to get rolling on a project to replace aging fire trucks.

  • Moneta Elementary plows new ground in personalized learning

    Moneta Elementary School has taken the lead in personalized learning for Bedford County Public Schools.

  • On 4-3 vote, board extends Schuch’s contract

        A motion made by District 3 school board member Dr. John Hicks  to give Dr. Douglas Schuch a new contract, effective until June 30, 2018, passed by a 4-3 margin last Thursday.

  • Work on courthouse nearly complete

        “We are 99 percent done,” said Sheldon Cash, the county’s director of public works, concerning repair work on the courthouse.

        The bell tower repair was done first.
        “They worked from the top down,” Cash said.
        The weather vane, which had lost half of its directions, was replaced. The new copper dome shines like a new penny — it will gradually weather and acquire a green patina.