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Today's News

  • Curbside recycling might return

        Curbside recycling may be on its way back in the town of Bedford.
        But how it will be implemented is yet to be determined.
        The Council Solid Waste Committee has recommended to the full Town Council that curbside recycling be brought back. Council has heard from numerous citizens upset that the town stopped the service earlier this year.

  • School board votes on Body Camp redistricting

        Instead of uprooting more than 70 current students at Stewartsville Elementary, as part of the redistricting plan to move Body Camp Elementary students to a new school next year when that school closes, the Bedford County School Board opted for a less intrusive option.

  • Draft plan released for Thaxton

        Bedford County Public Schools has released a proposed redistricting plan for elementary schools in the Liberty attendance zone, should the school board decide to close Thaxton Elementary, as has been proposed.

  • Tower lease transferred

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to transfer a tower lease to Region 2000. The tower will be part of the regional radio system the county participates in.
        According to County Attorney Carl Boggess, the tower was leased by Bedford County in 1997 as part of the original regional radio system. However, the tower was never actually used and Bedford County, for that reason, isn’t paying any lease money.

  • Threat leads to lockdown at SRHS; arrest made in JFHS threat from last week

        Both Staunton River High School (SRHS) and Staunton River Middle School were placed on lockdown last Wednesday morning after a threatening message was found inside one of the high school’s buildings, according to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman.
        Edwards said the middle school was placed on lockdown as a precaution. He said sheriff’s deputies surrounded the perimeter of the high school and a full investigation took place

  • Living within the community

        “We want to make a living within, not off, the community,” said Centra Health’s CEO E. W. Tibbs.
        Tibbs was speaking to a joint meeting of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council Monday night. He was there to give the two elected bodies an update following Centra’s assuming full ownership of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • ICAC: 16 years of catching sexual predators

    Sheriff Mike Brown hosted a celebration for the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force earlier this month. It marked 16 years of catching sexual predators who use the Internet to find victims.

  • Foundation helps library system

        With state budget shortfalls, and looming cuts on the horizon, the Bedford Public Library System Foundation wants to remind folks that it exists.

  • Tibbs: Centra’s commitment 'long-term’ to BMH

        Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs knows Bedford and its hospital very well.

        And he’s looking to make both better with Centra’s recent purchase of Carilion’s 50 percent share of Bedford Memorial Hospital.
        Tibbs, born and raised in Bedford, still lives here with his family. He  is  a former  nurse and president and CEO of BMH.

  • Ag strategic plan unveiled

    Region 2000’s Local Government Council has developed a strategic plan for agriculture and forestry.
        According to Scott Baker, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for Bedford County, it took two years to develop the plan. The Virginia Cooperative Extension was deeply involved in developing the plan.
        “They knew we had a pretty good feel for agricultural needs,” Baker said.