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Today's News

  • Valley Processing sold; plant in Bedford shuts down

        Valley Processing in Bedford has closed its doors, leaving 40 of its employees out of work.
        The plant, which produces custom-mixed, rubber-based compounds, ceased operations last week, following the sale of the plant.
        Valley Processing was bought out by HEXPOL Compounding, which was consolidating operations which led to the Bedford plant being closed. The Bedford plant was not included in the sale.
        Four years ago Valley Processing purchased Rubatex out of bankruptcy.

  • Board OK’s budget

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the county’s budget, with all members present, during its regular meeting Monday. The vote followed a lengthy budget discussion during a work session that preceded the meeting.

  • Charges upgraded in alleged gang-related slaying

     

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    Today, Friday, the June session of the Bedford County Grand Jury was held to consider a number of proposed indictments. Three defendants who were previously charged for their alleged role in the death of Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017, saw their charges upgraded by these indictments. True bills were returned against the following individuals.

  • Wiley to serve 20 years

        Charles Garrett Wiley, 48, pleaded no contest to three counts of aggravated sexual battery and will spend 20 years in prison for those convictions.

  • Bedford fireworks are July 3

        Bedford’s Fourth of July fireworks are slated for July 3, according to D. W. Lawhorne, Bedford’s director of public works. The town and the county are collaborating on the display with the town and county sharing the cost and the town handling the logistics.

  • Bansley unseats Wilkerson

        Last week’s Republican primary will result in a change in the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. Although this was a political party primary, the winners will run unopposed in November.
        The change came about in District 2 were Charla Bansley, the challenger, defeated incumbent Steve Wilkerson. Bansley won with 55 percent of the vote.

  • Morris will be new principal at Goodview Elementary

        Goodview Elementary will have a new principal when students come through the school’s doors in August.
        Kim Morris has been appointed the new principal of Goodview. Morris has served as the division’s supervisor for special education since 2015. She has been employed by Bedford County Schools since 1999 and served Forest Middle School in a variety of capacities leading up to 2015, which included life science teacher, reading specialist and assistant principal.

  • Bedford resident facing 9 years in prison for defrauding employer, government

        Brian Charles Tolley, 42, of Bedford, was sentenced last week to 9 years in prison, after having been previously convicted at trial in West Palm Beach, Florida, of wire fraud, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, possession of counterfeit government seals with the intent to defraud, money laundering, making and subscribing false federal income tax returns, and failing to file federal income tax returns.

  • Get ready to celebrate Independence Day; there’s plenty to do!

        There will be plenty of ways to celebrate July 4 this coming weekend. The community events kick off Saturday, July 1 and will go right through July 4.
        Here are a few of the area happenings:

    Bedford’s fireworks
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        Bedford’s Fourth of July fireworks are slated for July 3. The town and the county are collaborating on the display with the town and county sharing the cost and the town handling the logistics.

  • No more studies on broadband

        Bedford County’s broadband authority, after a discussion, voted by a 3-3 margin not to do a county wide broadband infrastructure assessment.
        District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson, District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis and District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson voted in favor of the study while District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, District 5 Supervisor Tommy      Scott     and Board Chairman Curry Martin voted against it. District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley was absent.