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Today's News

  • Council considers tax exempt request

        A public hearing on a request by Bedford’s Elks Lodge for real estate tax exempt status drew only one speaker. Tim Childress, a member of the Lodge who spoke in favor of it.
        Childress said the Lodge’s directors are not paid and no money goes to any members and the Lodge does not attempt to influence legislation.
        “The tax is significant to the the Lodge but is negligible to the town,” Childress said.

  • Supervisors grant pay raises

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted pay raises for full time and part time county employees, effective Dec. 1.
        The raises are the result of a salary study that indicated that Bedford County salaries are substantially lower than those paid by surrounding localities. It will cost $900,000 to implement the pay raises for the rest of the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30.
        The raises range from 2 percent to 32 percent, depending on how a position ranked in the study.

  • Former Sonic employee sentenced for B & E

        A former employee of Sonic in Bedford, arrested for breaking into the fast-food restaurant Feb. 1, has been sentenced on the charges related to the break-in as well as on an embezzlement charge from the restaurant.

  • School employees to receive 2% pay raise as of Dec. 1

        Employees of Bedford County Public Schools will receive a 2 percent pay raise, beginning with the check they receive on Dec. 30.
        At its meeting on Nov. 21, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved enough local funds to support the 2 percent pay raise for all employees that the Bedford County School Board approved in the FY 2017 budget. This raise is effective Dec. 1 and applies to all full-time, part-time, substitute, and hourly employees, and will be reflected in the paycheck at the end of December.

  • Christmas season kicks off in Bedford

        The Christmas season has officially arrived in Bedford with a tree lighting this Friday and the Christmas Parade on Saturday.

        Bedford Main Street Inc. is promoting a wide range of events throughout the season and sponsors this weekend’s events.

  • A farm and a practice

        Retirement and an urge to farm brought Dr. Sandra Ratliff, Johnson Health Center’s newest  pediatrician, to Bedford.
        Her husband, Dave, is the one who retired. Dr. Ratliff was not ready to retire, but they both had the same agricultural interest.
        “We knew we wanted to farm,” she said.

  • Group hopes to help area youth

        Bedford’s newest group of CASAs have a variety of reasons for getting involved in the lives of local youth.

  • Making a dream come true

        Once again, Ron Sisson proves that electrical engineers can write.

  • Chamber promotes Small Business Saturday

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a press conference, Friday, to promote Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov. 26.

  • BHS seeks help

        Penelope needs some help.

        The lovable 4-year-old dachshund mix was given to the Bedford Humane Society with some severe medical problems.
        Most notably, she had an extremely large bladder stone inside her, causing immense pain, that had to be removed.
        According to Carole Eagon, the Humane Society received Penelope about a month ago because her owners could no longer take care of her.


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