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Today's News

  • FMS student wins County Bee

        This wasn't Yoomin Hwang's first spelling bee, but it was the first time she had participated in one while living in the United States. And she was a little nervous.

  • Amtrak won't stop here

        Though passenger rail service will be traveling through Bedford, it's not going to stop here. Anyone wanting to travel on the expanded Amtrak rail service will have to go to a new station in Roanoke or the existing Lynchburg stop to catch a ride.
        Government officials in Bedford and Bedford County had hoped to convince officials from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to place a station in Bedford, but received a letter last week stating that won't happen.

  • Cash takes position with Roanoke Co.

        When Sheldon Cash first started working for Bedford County as its solid waste coordinator in 1999, he was asked to commit to three years. The “three years” will end this week, 15 years later.

        Cash will start work this coming Monday as Roanoke County’s assistant director of general services. This Roanoke County department handles solid waste, county buildings and fleet services.

  • Moneta rescue expanding crew hall

    Moneta Rescue Squad’s crew hall was just fine when it was originally built, but it finally reached the point of being marginally adequate.
        John Singer, captain of the Moneta Rescue Squad, notes one issue — the width of the ambulance bays — as an example. Ambulances were a lot smaller 40 years ago. Today ambulances have one inch to spare on each side when they pull out.
        Another issue is the lack of insulation. Singer said it’s a cinderblock building with no insulation at all.

  • PC recommends approval of special use permit for B&B

        A bed and breakfast and commercial feed lots dominated a planning commission meeting last week.
        The planning commission unanimously recommended a special use permit for a bed and breakfast that Bill and Anneliese Piatt requested. This permit will clear up a technical violation of the zoning ordinance.

  • Students celebrate National FFA Week

        Thursday morning, Buddy the calf became the center of attention for the Liberty High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students.

        And he seemed to enjoy the attention.
        Buddy was the star of the show for the FFA’s “Cow Plop” fundraiser. The students had sold tickets to those wanting to buy a block in Buddy’s pin. Whichever ticket-holder’s block Buddy plopped in first, would win the raffle.

  • Concussion evidence will be allowed at trial

        Expert testimony on the effect a concussion allegedly had on a Forest man’s behavior will be allowed at his hearing.
        Judge James Updike made that ruling last week at a motions hearing; Assistant Com-monwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock had filed a motion to exclude the testimony. Wheelock questioned whether a concussion qualifies as a mental defect or mental disease.
        Corey Bauer, 33, is charged with felonious assault on an officer.

  • Chairman questions abstentions

        The Feb. 10 Board of Supervisors regular meeting marks the third time recently that District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson has abstained on a vote.
        At that meeting Thomasson abstained on a vote to transfer 69 acres of the former Camp 24 site to the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) for a new water treatment plant.
        That vote comes after Thomasson abstained, last month, on a vote to advertise the public hearing for the land transfer. 

  • Council begins work on budget

    Bedford Town Council got to work this week dissecting a proposed budget from town staff that raises electric rates by 2 percent, but leaves real estate property taxes at its current rate.
        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski presented his budget to council last week and work on it was scheduled to begin in earnest by council yesterday during a work session.

  • The Snow Arrives

    Blame it on El Niño.

        According to the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, the pattern of weather we’ve seen this winter is typical of a neutral El Niño as streams of moisture and blasts of cold try to get together. This couple finally made a match just before Valentine’s Day.