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Today's News

  • Redistricting plan changed to work with parents' requests

        Bedford County’s school board adopted a zoning plan, Thursday night, that distributes students from Thaxton Elementary School to other schools after it closes at the end of this school year. The decision was made after a public hearing.

  • Officer cleared in July shooting

        Armed, dangerous and desperate.
        That is how Bedford County Deputy Juette Renalds described 32-year-old David Mendoza, the man he shot and killed July 30, following a chase that began earlier that evening after a home invasion in which Mendoza had attacked a county woman.
        Following a four month investigation by special prosecutor Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt, Renalds has been cleared in the shooting.

  • Public hearing Thursday on Liberty zone proposal

        Those wanting to comment to the Bedford County School Board on the proposed redistricting plan connected with the closing of Thaxton Elementary School may do so during a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 11, at the School Board Office Conference Room.

        The board’s regular meeting will immediately follow the public hearing and included on that agenda is a vote on the redistricting plan.

  • A promise Kept: The Elks Home lights are on

        Last year, Mike Williams and Steve Orndorff, the new owners of the Elks National Home, promised to keep the Christmas lights on at the Elks home.

  • Parade ushers in the season

        In spite of Saturday’s intermittent rain, the Bedford Christmas Parade brought the sights and sounds of Christmas to Centertown.

  • It was a moving experience

    Rather than tearing down the house that used to belong to former Bedford County Sheriff Jack Cundiff, Clay Luck decided to move it.

        He and his father, Gibo Luck are developing Oakwood Villas and the house was formerly located on the development’s site.
        One factor in the decision is that his wife, Tara, wanted to preserve it.
        “I like history so much,” she said.
         “It was well built,” she added. “We hated to see it torn down.”

  • Hitting the right note

        Band was always Musician First Class Allison (Flores) Fletcher’s favorite class while in middle and high school.

        Now she’s a member of the United States Navy Band, the premier musical organization of the United States Navy.
        As a student at Jefferson Forest High school, MU1 Fletcher participated in concert band and marching band, and was a member of a student flute duo and a woodwind quartet.

  • Going to court

        James Youngblood wants Bedford County to honor its word—or pay up.
        But on Monday night, Bedford County’s supervisors voted to deny a warrant claim filed by  Youngblood.
        A tract of land was donated to Bedford County by Al Stroobants in 2002 for a park and the county acquired five acres of land across Youngblood's property to build a road to give access to the park.

  • Perjury charge

    The special grand jury investigating the 1975 disappearance of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon met last week and at least one woman has been indicted, according to a story in The Washington Post.
        According to the Post article, 65-year-old Patricia Jean Welch, a Maryland resident, has been indicted for perjury. Patricia Welch is the wife of Richard Allen Welch who authorities named in October as a “person of interest” in the investigation of the abduction of the two girls who were last seen at a Wheaton, Maryland, shopping mall.

  • Planing commission looks at flea markets

        Just what should a flea market be required to provide?
        That was on the mind of Bedford County’s planning commission last week as members wrestled with rules that govern flea markets.
        This discussion was a result of a question by Gregg Zody, the county’s new director of community development, asking why special use permits are required for flea markets in commercially zoned areas. Zody feels they should be a use-by-right in these zones.