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Today's News

  • County won't join regional library system

        Bedford County won’t be joining a regional library system.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors agenda included an action item entitled “Consideration of a resolution endorsing Region 2000’s Regional Library Operations May 2014 Report,” and this item resulted in major discussion and two votes before a decision was made.

  • Six seek four council seats

        The Town of Bedford will hold a special election on Nov. 4. Bedford was required by state law to hold a special election for all Town Council seats this fall because of the number of new town residents due to the land the town annexed as part of its reversion deal with the county.

  • Project turns old tobacco warehouse into apartments

        Want to see what living in a historic tobacco warehouse is like? You can find out this Saturday during Centerfest.

        The historic building on Jackson Street in Centertown Bedford is almost completed. Thirty-two new, residential units will soon boost the population of Bedford and add to a growing and vibrant downtown scene. 
        Keeping the beauty of this landmark intact yet adding all the modern amenities, this is a project that could have been constructed in Roanoke or Lynchburg, but it is all in Bedford.

  • Black touts economic development needs

        Tim Black, a Bedford native, is seeking a seat on Bedford Town Council. This is his first bid for elective office.

        Black graduated from Liberty High School in 1983 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. He’s worked at Union First Market Bank as its real estate lender and senior vice president for 17 years. Black works from the Forest office and handles commercial income-producing property, rental property and developments.

  • Carson wants to be part of the solution

        Robert Carson was first elected to Bedford Town Council in May, 2013 and, like other incumbents, must run for reelection in an election triggered by the annexation of territory in the county as part of the reversion agreement.

        “I put a whole lot of thought into it,” Carson said of his decision to run for reelection.
        Carson said he didn’t want the seat if he felt he couldn’t accomplish anything.

  • Hailey wants to continue to serve Bedford

        “This is the third time in three years I’ve run for election,” said Stacey Hailey, who is seeking reelection to Town Council in November.

  • Johannessen wants to serve community

        “Several people asked me about it,” said Bruce Johannessen, explaining why he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        He also believes a citizen owes his community some time and effort.
        “I think serving on Council is part of doing something for the community,” he said.
        This is Johannessen’s first bid for elective office, but he’s no stranger to government. He’s worked for the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for 43 years.

  • Teacher seeks seat on Town Council

        Walt King, a civics and PE teacher at Bedford Middle School, is seeking a seat on Bedford Town Council.

        King was born in Virginia Beach, but has lived in Bedford for 29 years. A job move brought his father here when King was 14. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1988 and earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Radford University and a master’s degree in education from Liberty University. He has spent his entire 15-year teaching career in Bedford County Public Schools.

  • Stanley seeks open government

        At 24, Beckham Stanley is the youngest town council candidate on the ballot. A Bedford native, Stanley graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, near Farmville, with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He works in Bedford as an insurance agent at Holdren, Eubank and Stanley and does landscaping on a part-time basis.

        Why is he running?
        “It is very important for Bedford to elect a person who has the time and the energy to put into the job,” he said. “I have both.”

  • Bedford man guilty in hit-and-run death

        A Bedford man, who struck and killed a man riding a bicycle on Va. 122 this past March, will spend the next seven-and-a-half years in prison for his actions that day.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27, spent March 21 drinking beer and texting friends and family before he struck and killed Sean McQuaid, Jenkins entered no contest pleas to charges of hit and run with personal injury, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, both felonies, and disorderly conduct and first offense DUI, misdemeanor charges.