Today's News

  • Video announces snow day to students

        Snow days for Bedford County Public Schools are becoming a video sensation for students, parents and staff.

        Knowing that a possible snow event could lead to a closing announcement, BCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards went to work to complete a new video announcing that potential free day for Facebook.
        And it’s a hit.

  • Hospice House Friends raise more than $2,000

        Friends of Bedford Hospice House held what Anne Soukhanov, chairman of the Friends board of directors, considers a very successful fundraiser. It was a breakfast held at the Bower Center last week and Friends sold 90 out of the 100 tickets they printed.

        Friends exists to assist the Bedford Hospice House and to organize volunteers who support the House in various ways.

  • People are welcome

        The fenced in area to your left, as you enter the Claytor Nature Study Center, is not an off-limits research area.

        It’s only off limits to deer, and they are why the fence is there. People are welcome. In fact, the Claytor folks, and the Bedford Area Master Gardeners want you to look around in that area because it is a demonstration garden. It has species of plants — a number are native species — that do well in this area.

  • Trucks damaging Wolf Creek Bridge

        Tractor trailers have been getting into trouble on Dickerson Mill Road. The problem comes at the bridge crossing Wolf Creek. The bridge is narrow and, at one end, the road makes a 90 degree turn just off the bridge. The big rigs can’t make it and get hung up.

  • Judge upholds 5-year sentence

        Last December, Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015.
        The eight-man, four-woman jury recommended a five-year sentence. The five-year sentence falls midway between the one to 10 years that a sentence for voluntary manslaughter can carry.
        Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge James Updike upheld that recommendation.

  • School board adopts budget

        The Bedford County School Board, Thursday night, unanimously adopted a $105.7 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
        This budget is 3.1 percent higher than the current budget. The budget asks for an additional $1.2 million in local money, a 3.5 percent increase over the current level of local spending on the schools.

  • Board looks at outside agency funding

        Every year, both Bedford County and the town of Bedford receive requests from outside agencies for funds.
        The local governments are mandated to comply with some funding requests, such as funding to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. Bedford County opted some years back to cease operating its own county jail and joined a regional system.
        Others, such as funding to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Center, are   contractual obligations.

  • Separate accidents result in fatalities

        Two local men were killed in separate motor vehicle accidents last week.
        Virginia State Police Trooper T.C. Fairburn is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 on Route 608 (Tolers Ferry Road), near the intersection of Route 739 (Fairview Church Road) in Bedford County.

  • Agreement on budget elusive

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        The 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly adjourned on Saturday. Consensus was achieved on several important issues in the final days of session, but bicameral agreement on the Commonwealth’s two year budget continued to prove elusive.

  • Session ends as scheduled

    By Delegate Kathy Byron
                            The 2018 General Assembly session ended as scheduled on Saturday.  Of the 2,606 bills submitted by legislators, 874 were approved.  One very important bill, the state budget, was not.  Consequently, we’ll be returning to Richmond soon to approve a two-year spending plan.