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Today's News

  • 18 of 19 county schools fully accredited

         Mark Blankenship, supervisor of testing and planning, gave the school board an update on school accreditation Thursday night.
        Blankenship said that all the county’s schools were fully accredited 10 years ago. That changed when the state came out with new standards of learning (SOL). When that happened the county ended up with only seven out of 21 schools fully accredited.

  • Man arrested in stabbing incident

        On Thursday, September 14,  at about 8:13 a.m.., the Bedford Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the 400 block of West King Street in the town. 
        The first officers arrived to find Dewayne Eric Simmons, 34 of Bedford, and a 46-year-old female of Bedford, inside the residence.  Dewayne Simmons ran on foot from the residence to wooded area across Crenshaw Street from the residence. 

  • Action planned to expand FMS

        The school division is preparing to renovate Forest Middle School, correcting the building’s inadequacies.
        The school, built a quarter of a century ago was inadequate almost from the time it opened. Within a few years of its opening, students were taking classes in trailers.
        Thursday night, Ben Motley, of RRMM architects, gave the school board an update on the design. He presented two options for the renovation, both of which will expand the school’s capacity and correct design deficiencies.

  • Welch receives 48 years for murders of Lyon sisters

    Three years ago to the day in which officers from the Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department’s Cold Case Unit dropped by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to lay on the desk of the department a 40-year-old abduction and murder case, at least one of the persons responsible for those murders pleaded guilty to those crimes.

  • LHS adopts school damaged in flood from hurricane

        Dr. Kathleen Dills couldn’t be more proud of her school.

  • O’Connor is running as a Republican

        Brian O’Connor is running as a Republican for the District 2 supervisor seat that Curry Martin is vacating when his term expires at the end of this month. Martin recruited him to run and feels that O’Connor’s approach to government is much like his.

  • Sylvester is running as a Democrat

        Fred Sylvester, who is running for the District 2 supervisor seat, has a varied background.

        He started out as a West Virginia state trooper and moved to Virginia to work as a criminal investigator for the Commonwealth.

  • Tuck is running as an independent

        Edgar Tuck, a lifelong county resident, is seeking the District 2 Supervisor’s seat as an independent.

        He, his father, Billy Tuck, and his brothers own a farm that raises Angus cattle — they have 240 head of cattle on the farm, which  is  under a conservation easement.

  • Car tax relief increased

        Bedford County’s supervisors, in a called meeting Monday evening, voted 6-0 to increase the county’s car tax relief from 44 percent to 46.5 percent. District 6 Supervisor John Sharp was absent.
        After the vote, the supervisors held a work session in which Deputy County Administrator Reid Wodicka updated them on the progress of county capital improvement projects and a draft copy of guiding principles for capital improvement planning.

  • Business raises funds for hurricane relief

        Blue Ridge Optics, a Bedford high tech manufacturer — they make optics that send laser beams precisely where the engineers, who design equipment, want them to go — is holding a yard sale to raise money for hurricane relief.

        The yard sale is slated for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the company’s manufacturing facility in the former Longwood Industries building. It’s located near the Food Lion shopping center and is directly across Big Island Highway from Forks’ parking lot.