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Today's News

  • Local police cars promote domestic violence awareness

        A couple of striking police cars have taken to the roads and streets in the Bedford area. What really draws attention to them is that they are purple.

        Leanne Dudley, director of Bedford Domestic Violence Services, came up with the idea. She said she was looking for something new and different to promote domestic violence awareness. October is dedicated to the subject and the organization comes up with all sorts of purple themed  reminders,  but domestic violence happens all year.

  • River is on fire

        Who Dat Sey Dey Gonna Beat Dem Eagles?
        We’re OK appropriating the New Orleans Saints’ signature saying and applying it to the Staunton River baseball and softball teams.  After all, like the Saints, the two Eagle teams wear black and gold.
        More importantly, like the Saints, these once-moribund teams are breathing fire on the field.
        At this early point, both of the Eagle diamondeer crews are undefeated.

  • Council considers 2 cent raise in RE tax

        A majority of Bedford Town Council appears ready to back no more than a 2 cents increase in the real estate tax rate, following budget work sessions held this past week.
        Council met last Tuesday and again on Monday to discuss the budget. At this past Tuesday’s meeting, council was expected to finish its discussion prior to publication of the tax rate for public comment.

  • School board presents budget to county

    School Board representatives met with the board of supervisors, Monday evening, in what District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson later called a “fruitful” meeting. The meeting was a 5 p.m. work session in which the school board presented the school’s FY 2016 budget.
        “Our emphasis this year is on seven points,” said School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler as he began the budget presentation.

  • Couple wants to hold special events on property

        Last month, the Bedford County Planning Commission gave Gregg Zody, the county’s director of community development, the go-ahead to add wedding events as a by-right use in a number of zones.

  • Candidates take questions at ‘Bedford First’ forum

        A group of candidates for local office, grouped together on what they call the “Bedford First” ticket, held a candidate forum last week at the Bedford Central Library. The candidates took questions from people who attended the forum.

  • Moneta man gets 11 year sentence for stabbing wife’s lover

    James David Fincher will spend 11 years behind bars for stabbing his wife’s lover.

  • Master Food Volunteers get cookin’

        The Virginia Cooperative Extension has long provided a Master Gardner program; now, it has a Master Food Volunteer program.

        The idea of the program, according to the Extension’s websites, is to “reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety  and physical activity.”

  • School sets new record

    Twice delayed by snow, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School finally held its Jump Rope for Heart last week.

        The event set a new school record raising a grand total of $14,832. A grandmother wrote a last minute check that put them over the top, according to Sue   Moore,   the   physical   education teacher who coordinates the program.

  • State champ: All-beef Patti

        The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella had happy endings that involved special shoes.  Jordan Patti can relate.
        The Staunton River shot putter arrived at the State meet seeded third.  He also arrived without the shoes he wears for throwing the iron.