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Today's News

  • Stay informed about severe weather

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
         February 24, 2012,Bedford County went under the first Tornado Watch for the 2012 Tornado season. 
        According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management last year Virginia had 51 tornadoes, the second highest number on record.  It is important for everyone to stay informed of the potential for severe weather and to know what to do when watches and warnings are in effect for Bedford County. 

  • Special session tackles budget standoff

    By Del. Kathy Byron
    22nd District

        The General Assembly adjourned the 2012 regular session Saturday night, and immediately called itself into special session.  The reason for the special session is the continued budget standoff.  But based on the events of the final week of the regular session, a resolution to the impasse may be coming sooner rather than later.

  • Special session tackles budget standoff

        The General Assembly adjourned the 2012 regular session Saturday night, and immediately called itself into special session.  The reason for the special session is the continued budget standoff.  But based on the events of the final week of the regular session, a resolution to the impasse may be coming sooner rather than later.

  • The ugly faces of the modern GOP

    “Super Tuesday” might not have been so super for Republicans in Virginia, where a low turnout still produced a 60-40 victory for Mitt Romney.
        Virginia Republicans who bothered to vote were forced to choose between only Romney and Ron Paul. Santorum and Gingrich had earlier proved too incompetent to get on the ballot.

  • Why we need a Republican Senate


        Late last week Congressman Robert Hurt sent out a news release on the JOBS Act, which passed the House of Representatives on a 390-23 vote. Congressman Hurt was one of those voting in favor of it. JOBS, in this case, is an acronym that stands for Jumpstart Our Business Startups. The act is actually a collection of six separate bills. An editorial that appeared in the March 8 edition of the Wall Street Journal the same day that we got the news release, while praising the JOBS Act, also calls the collection of bills “housekeeping.”

  • Trial set for man accused of attacking Bob Terry last Oct.

        The man accused of attacking and robbing Moneta store owner Bob Terry last October was indicted on four felonies last week by a Bedford County Circuit Court grand jury.
        Jason Andrew Shell, 38 of Roanoke, was indicted for aggravated malicious wounding, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
        During a preliminary hearing in January, two witnesses testified that Shell threatened to kill them if they told who had committed the crime.

  • Two arrested on prostitution charges

        Two Roanoke residents have been arrested on prostitution-related charges that allegedly occurred in Bedford County.

        On Friday, January 27, Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office vice investigators arrested the two individuals at a Bedford motel. The arrests were the results of a joint investigation with the Roanoke Police Department and the Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office.

  • Summit helps students learn to help themselves

    Some 100 middle school and high school students, along with their parents, gathered in Charlottesville in November for the fifth annual “I’m Determined” Youth and Parent Summit.

        The summit is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. The three day conference included topics such as transitioning from high school to college and tips on finding a job. The goal was to encouraging the teens to focus on their strengths, rather than their weaknesses.

  • Lack of state numbers hinders work on school budget

        The school budget will take center stage Thursday for the Bedford County School Board, but there may end up being more questions than answers as Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch makes his formal presentation to the board.

  • Budget legal notice for tax rates approved by supervisors

        Bedford County’s budget adoption process is still on schedule.
        Monday night, the supervisors voted to approve the legal notices for the budget and tax rates and a public hearing on April 9. The hearing will be held at the Bedford Science and Technology Center on Edmond Street in Bedford at 7 p.m.
        The advertised tax rates will be the same as the current rates. This means that, while the supervisors could still lower the rates, they will no longer be able to raise them above what they have advertised.