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Today's News

  • State Chamber seeks input

    The Virginia Chamber of Commerce held a meeting, Thursday, at Central Virginia Community College to seek input from business, education and government leaders for its next five-year plan.

        This was one of a series of regional meetings the state chamber is holding around the Commonwealth. The chamber, according to Ryan Dunn, representing the state chamber, is a non-partisan business advocate. Its goal is to strengthen Virginia’s reputation as the best state in which to do business.

  • No tax hikes in proposed county budget

        Monday night, Assistant County Administrator Dr. Reid Wodicka presented the Bedford County Board of Supervisors with a preliminary budget that calls for no tax increases and gives the school board most of the local transfer it has requested.
        This year marks the first time the school board has presented its budget to the supervisors at the beginning of their budget development process.

  • GENTS present Mr. and Miss Liberty

    Liberty High School’s GENTS will present the Mr. and Miss Liberty Contest March 17 at Liberty High School’s auditorium. Seven young men and seven young women will participate.

        It’s a competition, not a pageant.
        “They [the young men] didn’t want to be in a pageant,” Liberty High School Assistant Principal Brian Wilson commented.
        Tyron Staples, a senior and one of the GENTS, added that guys are competitive, so calling it a competition appealed to them.

  • Town Council starts budget process

    Bedford Town Council began the process of developing the town budget, last week, by looking at non-governmental agency requests.

        The Bedford area Chamber of Commerce is asking for $5,000 this year, up from the $3,000 it got last year.
        “They do a lot of promotion for the town,” Councilman Stacey Hailey commented.

  • Ball faces criminal charges

        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House, Bedford’s now closed homeless shelter, is now facing criminal charges.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Ball was arrested on warrants for assault and issuing a bad check.
        The arrest warrant for assault was obtained by a 21-year-old male who alleged that he had gone to see Ball and that Ball was angry with him and hit him. Foreman   said  citizens may obtain warrants by providing probable cause to a magistrate.

  • Bansley launches campaign for District 3 seat

        Advocating for responsible government spending, low taxes, school choice, property rights, and religious liberty, local realtor and adjunct professor Charla Bansley will officially announce her candidacy to represent District 3 on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors on March 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Forest Recreation Center, 1088 Rustic Village Road.
        The District 3 seat is currently held by Steve Wilkerson, who has said he plans to run for re-election.

  • Solar power coming to Bedford

        Interested citizens received information Friday on the Bedford Solar Farm project being undertaken by the town of Bedford.

        North Carolina-based solar developer O2 emc owns and operates solar farms in the southeast, ranging in size from 1MW to 20MW. They partner with towns, cities, counties, contractors, utilities, manufacturers, banks and investors to ensure project success in each community where they build.

  • Welch trial delayed until September

    Because of considerable new evidence filed in the capital murder case of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., the trial date has been rescheduled from April 18 to Sept. 12.

        The rescheduling of the trial was approved during a motions hearing in Bedford Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Also during the hearing, Judge James Updike approved a defense motion request to hire a DNA expert—Dr. Thomas McClintock of Liberty University—at an expected cost of $21,000.
        The prosecution has listed a number of DNA experts as possible witnesses.

  • Board OK’s funds for heating, cooling loop

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to allow the school board to use $712,000 of the money borrowed to finance construction of a new middle school and competition gym to replace the heating and cooling loop at Liberty High School (LHS).

  • School board adopts preliminary budget

        The Bedford County School Board unanimously adopted its preliminary budget last week.
        This preliminary budget will be presented to the board of supervisors at a 5 p.m. work session on March 6. The meeting will be held in the supervisors’ meeting chamber on the third floor of the County Administration Building on East Main Street in Bedford.