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Today's News

  • FMS student wins county spelling bee

        Seventeen very serious looking elementary and middle school students lined the stage of Liberty High School’s auditorium, Tuesday morning, for Bedford County’s annual spelling bee. All were winners of their respective schools’ spelling bee.

        By round six, only two were left. Case Bohannon, a seventh grader from Forest Middle School, and Finn Plattus, a fifth grader from Thaxton Elementary School, then proceeded to battle it out for 21 rounds before Bohannon emerged as the winner.

  • Supervisors take tax hike off the table

        A public hearing on the Bedford County budget, including the real estate tax rate, is scheduled for April 13, but that tax rate won’t be any higher than the current 52 cents per $100 in assessed value. When asked after a lengthy budget work session, Monday night, the supervisors said increasing the tax rate is not on the table for discussion.
        What was on the table for discussion was where the public hearing will be held. Some supervisors noted that their regular meeting chamber will probably not provide adequate space.

  • Testimony: Sisters made sex videos under threat

    By Scott Daugherty
    Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
    and Staff Reports

        The girl didn’t know Frank Dietrich, but she wanted to.
        She was 14 when she received a Facebook friend request from what appeared to be an older boy. His profile picture showed a young man throwing a football while wearing a tight shirt that showed off a muscular physique.

  • BIA fosters relationship with communities in England, France

        The Bedford International Alliance was formed to cultivate a relationship between Bedford communities in England and France.

        The organization has a relationship with Ivybridge, England, the small town near the place where the Bedford Boys trained. The BIA also has a relationship with Bedfordshire, Bedford County’s English namesake. On one of the Alliance’s regular overseas trips, members were hosted by the 15th Duke of Bedford at his ancestral home.

  • Details revealed in Lyon sisters disappearance

        Details of how Bedford County became the central focus in the search for the bodies of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon, ages 10 and 12, have emerged through an affidavit recently released as part of a search warrant in the investigation of the girls’ disappearance.

  • Dealing with misuse at landfill

    Area residents, and those abusing the service provided, will no longer have unlimited access to the town of Bedford’s recycling drop off and public dumpsters.

  • County sending 10 to Salem’s State meet

        Friday afternoon’s first round of the State wrestling championship will feature a good number of Bedford County wrestlers.
        The question, of course, is what that number might be for Saturday night’s finale.
        Staunton River and Jefferson Forest will each send five of their best into the fray, courtesy of some fine performances at this past weekend’s regional tournaments.
        With the VHSL’s new format/structure, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

  • Teachers ask for pay raise

        A representative of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA) called on the supervisors to support teacher pay raises, even if a tax hike is needed.
        Chad Honeycutt, who works as a special education aid at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, made the presentation during a work session. Honeycutt is working as an aid while he completes the college courses necessary for teacher certification, part of a career transition.
        “Our school system is dreadfully underfunded,” Honeycutt said.

  • BMH celebrates six decades of serving this community

        Gibo Luck has served on the Bedford Memorial Hospital board for the better part of five decades.

  • Brown to seek one more term

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown has made it official; he’ll seek one more term as the county’s top law enforcement officer.