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Today's News

  • Town raises penalty for misuse of town’s dumpsters

    Bedford has a law that limits who can dump household refuse in the town’s solid waste containers and what they can dump in them.
        A unanimous vote by Bedford Town Council last week raised the cost of breaking this law. The increase in the fines was prompted by widespread abuse of the town’s public dumpsters by people who are not town residents or who are dumping prohibited items.

  • Bower Center begins fundraising challenge

        The Bower Center is embarking on a fundraising project in which 48 people will raise $48,000 in 48 days.

        According to Marjory Milligan, who is organizing the project, the money is going to be used to replace windows. The windows in question, while not historic, are old enough that they are creating both an expense for the Bower Center and a discomfort issue for people attending the Center’s programs.
        “They leak air,” Milligan said.

  • YMCAs add to their facilities

        Two expansions at the Bedford Area Family YMCA will enhance the Y’s services to the community.

        “We increased all of our cardio equipment,” said Mary-Evelyn Sellars, branch manager of the Y’s Moneta branch.

  • Colgan guilty in murder for hire scheme

        Kevin Christopher Colgan had made references last year on Facebook to wanting to have his estranged wife killed.

        But on June 18, 2014, when he met with an undercover officer that he thought was a hit man, those inferences turned into solicitation.
        That meeting, and a second the following day, led to his arrest and Tuesday morning Colgan, after pleading no contest to the charge of solicitation to commit murder, was found guilty of the charge by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

  • Lady M-Men hit the road

        The Liberty girls’ basketball team hit the road on Tuesday for the longest ride of their careers.
        In the opening round of the Region 4A-West playoffs, the Lady Minutemen were to travel to Abingdon.
        For those of you who don’t have the travel bug, Abingdon is located 163 miles from Bedford.  That’s 326 miles round-trip.

  • BPD tries to fill openings

        Currently , staffing at the Bedford Police Department is down by a quarter of its allotted slots and Chief Todd Foreman is hoping to soon fill those positions.
        In all, the department at full force would have 24 officers; currently there are 18, including Foreman.
        “We’re trying to recruit,” Foreman said this week. “We’re having difficulties having good qualified applicants apply.”

  • School budget

        The Bedford County School Board  is scheduled to formally present its budget for the 2015-2016 school year on March 23 to the county supervisors.
        On Monday, the supervisors were reluctant to comment on the budget prior to that presentation, but did question where additional funding would come from if that is eventually requested by the school board.

  • Supervisors endorse Virginia Mountains tourism designation

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing a “Virginia Mountains” regional state tourism marketing designation for the county.
        Jerry Craig, the county’s tourism director, told the supervisors the county is currently in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Central Virginia” marketing region.
        “We are the western-most county in the Central Virginia region,” Craig said.

  • Comp plan moves on to supervisors

        No one showed up for the public hearing last week on the county’s revised comprehensive plan. The revised plan, which the planning commission has been working on since 2013, was unanimously forwarded to the board of supervisors after a revision on the section for parks and rec easements.
        “That sounds like a lot of easements,” commented District 4 Planning Commission member Josiah Tillett after reading the section.

  • Jury convicts Harris

        A federal jury convicted a naval officer on Monday of coercing nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 into sending him explicit photos and videos of themselves.
        Lt. Daniel Chase Harris, 31, of Virginia Beach, is set to be sentenced July 13 in U.S. District Court on 31 felonies – including 13 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of obstruction of justice. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and the maximum of life.