Today's News

  • Pay study streamline’s Bedford’s pay structure

        A pay study done by Corporate Compensation Partners for Bedford could streamline the town’s pay structure, reducing the number of separate pay steps.
        The recommended 20 pay grade structure, with 10 percent between each step, would replace the town’s 27 pay grade structure, which has 5 percent between each step. It also calls for a “merit matrix” with higher increases for high performing employees and lower increases for low performing employees.

  • Special election will be held to fill county treasurer’s position

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, Monday night, to hold a special election to fill the unexpired term of County Treasurer Becky Jones. Jones has announced that she will retire in March. Her current term expires at the end of 2019.

  • Log house burns

        A two-story log house, in Ivy Creek in Forest, burned, Saturday night, displacing seven people.
        According to Jack Jones, Bedford County’s chief of fire and rescue, units from the Forest Volunteer Fire Department and the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department responded. Jones said the first units to arrive saw heavy smoke coming from the rear of the house’s second story.
        The house was less than 30 years old, according to Jones.

  • Charges certified against 5 for thefts

        Five of the six defendants in an alleged string of thefts in the Stewartsville and Moneta areas had charges certified to the March grand jury during hearings held Monday in General District Court.
        Last July, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies charged six defendants in a string of thefts in the Southside area. They all faced grand larceny and larceny with intent to sell charges.

  • Bedford family faces crisis as result of fire

        A Bedford family is facing a crisis. The crisis had its origin in a fire on Grove Street, the home of Mike and Tahlia Brooks, last January.

        The fire at a two story residence at 708 Grove Street, in Bedford, was called in at 4:53 a.m. Units from the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the Bedford Police Department arrived four minutes later.

  • Nurses, teachers seek higher pay

        Nurses working in Bedford County Public Schools want to be paid at the same rate as teachers, while teachers in the school system are asking to be paid more in line with surrounding jurisdictions.
        Several school nurses spoke during the public comment time of last week’s Bedford County School Board meeting.

  • LPD investigation leads to Bedford charges

        A 30-year-old Bedford man is facing charges of rape and abduction, following his arrest on January 9.

        The alleged incident occurred January 6.  On January 8, representatives with the Lynchburg Police Department contacted the Bedford Police Department concerning information officers had received while on a call in Lynchburg. 

  • Festival of Trees

        The 9th Annual Festival of Trees, “Whimsical, Merry & Bright,” featured 28 decorated trees, attracted more than 2,000 people, and in the spirit of giving, generated $3,701 for local charitable organizations. 

  • Teen girl saved from life threatening situation

        A Forest teen was rescued from a life-threatening situation off New London Road, last week by Forest firefighters.

        According to Jack Jones, a teenage girl was being pulled on a tube in the snow last week on a tube by an ATV. The tube ended up over a frozen pond and the ice broke leaving the girl, still on the tube, stranded in the pond 30 feet from the shore. Bystanders tried to throw a rope to her, but couldn’t reach her.

  • BFD honors firefighters

        The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department honored its firefighters during an awards banquet that looked back on 2017, a year that marked 129 years of service for the department.

        A crew from the Big Island Volunteer Fire Company stood ready to answer calls that came in for Bedford. They also got dinner at the banquet, but they got theirs late. Shortly before the banquet began, they got called out.