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Today's News

  • With the year over, reality begins to set in for 2 community schools

    Even as the Bedford County School Board was preparing to vacate Body Camp and Thaxton elementary schools this past week, supporters of those schools were still hoping for a change of heart.

        Several residents of the Thaxton community made pleas to the board to not close their school, during public comment time at Thursday’s meeting.
        But the pleas appear to be in vain.

  • Parker responds

        Tammy Parker, chairman of the Bedford County Board of supervisors, questioned the accuracy of the claims that Gary Hostutler, chairman of the school board, made in an article that appeared in the Bedford Bulletin last week.
        Parker, in an e-mail, accused Hostutler of playing politics and timing the article, less than two weeks before the June 9 Republican primary, to advance a political agenda.

  • Primary election is Tuesday

        The Republican primary for the party’s nominees for the District 5, 6 and 7 supervisors’ seats is next Tuesday. Six candidates are vying to become the party’s nominee for these three seats.

  • Supervisor, candidates do ride-along with deputies

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown invited members of the board of supervisors and supervisor candidates to ride with a deputy on the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift last Thursday to see what the deputies experience.

  • Back to the drawing board on wedding event proposal

        A proposal to amend the county zoning ordinance to make outdoor wedding events a use by right in agricultural zones drew a large number of people, all opposed, to last week’s board of supervisors meeting.
        The outdoor wedding proposal was one of three proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance that Gregg Zody, the county’s community development director, brought before the supervisors.

  • Putney honored by Lynchburg College

        Former Delegate Lacey Putney grew up in a family of five boys.

        He was the only one of the five who did not go to Lynchburg College. He went to Washington and Lee. This decision came about because Washington and Lee offered him a baseball scholarship, as a pitcher. This made a big difference for him; his family still had an  outhouse when he graduated from M.E. Marcuse High School in Big Island.

  • Health Foundation gift buys new lifesaving technology

        A $13,000 gift from the Bedford Community Health Foundation is paying for a Lucas2 Chest Compression System. This is a portable machine that preforms CPR. According to Janet Blankenship, the machine delivers the correct pressure at the correct timing.

        “It doesn’t get tired,” she commented.

  • Candidates meet the public at Chamber forum

        All six candidates running for the three contested seats on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors in the June 9 Republican Primary spoke at a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum last week.

        No independents have entered the race and everybody is running as a Republican. “Even the Democrats,” Nate Boyer, the Bedford County Republican Party chairman, commented.

  • Dr. Fogsmith’s opens in Bedford

        Dr. Fogsmith’s Vaporium opened on the corner of West Main Street and North Bridge Street at the beginning of this month. It’s one of two vape shops to open in Bedford this month. Ron Hubert and his wife, Sandy, own and operate it.

        “We sat down and decided to start the business,” Hubert said.
        Hubert said he’s seen a lot of vape shops and he and his wife decided to go with an old-timey feel rather than the neon style most have. That’s where Dr. Fogsmith came from.

  • Purple Power

        Anybody with a lick of fashion sense will tell you that orange and purple do not go together.
        Well, it does if the reason for the mix is a good one.
        The orange-clad William Byrd baseball and softball crews headed to Staunton River to take on their purple-clad counterparts last Tuesday.
        Purple?  Any Eagle fan worth his salt knows the school wears black and gold.