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Today's News

  • Bedford Farmer’s Market now taking EBT cards

        Nearly 300 people turned out on a sunny, warm morning for the Bedford Farmers Market’s first Saturday of its 2016 season.

        This year, the Market has a new feature. It is now accepting EBT cards. These are debit cards that people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) money use to make their purchases. Rather than getting paper food stamps, the money is loaded on a debit card which recipients use to pay for purchases.

  • School board makes cuts to budget

        The Bedford County School Board met Thursday night faced with the task of cutting $2 million from the budget it presented to the board of supervisors in late March.
        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the board with recommended cuts. One of these cuts was the $250,000 the school board had placed in the project maintenance fund. Board Chairman Gary Hostutler sought to find cuts elsewhere to restore some of this money.
        “We need to have some project maintenance money,” he said.

  • Boot Camp aims to help small businesses

        Union Bank and Trust representatives showed up at last week’s Business Boot Camp to present a check for $1,000 to help support the program. One of their own, Tammy Brown was teaching last week’s installment.

        Brown, who serves as Union’s business banking’s relationship manager and works out of the bank’s Forest office has taught several of these seminars. She said the goal is to provide small business owners with basic information.

  • Long honored with state award

        Senior Virginia State Trooper Brandon Long has received the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award.

        Long received the award in Richmond last week. According to First Sergeant Michael Bailey, this award recognizes state troopers for outstanding efforts to promote public safety. It identifies troopers who excel in this effort.

  • Store rewards good behavior

        Forest Middle School (FMS) has taken a unique approach to behavior. It’s a store where students can buy items they want, but instead of money, the currency the store accepts consists of points earned by good behavior.

        “Instead of the school trying to catch you doing wrong, we are going to catch you doing right, and reward you,” said Paul Nazigian, the school’s assistant principal.

  • Board adopts revised school budget

        School budget issues were a major feature of Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.

        School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler came before the supervisors to ask for $2 million in one time funding. His request covered eight items.
        Hostutler asked for money to fund a new central office phone system at a cost of $17,000.  He also asked for $50,000 for school security. He said this would finish the job of providing a controlled entrance at all schools, requiring visitors to be buzzed in.

  • Poplar Forest announces capital campaign

        Of Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson once wrote that it was “the most valuable of my possessions.”

  • Bedford Humane Society seeks more volunteers; will hold meeting Thursday

        Holly Adams hopes there are some volunteers in this area who want to help take care of animals in need of a home.

        Adams is the newly installed president of the Bedford Humane Society and she says volunteers can help out the organization in a variety of ways. She encourages anyone interested to attend the Bedford Humane Society’s regular meeting this Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the County Administration Building in Bedford.

  • Key throws a party for her students

    Cindy Key didn’t want a party for her retirement – instead she wanted to give one.

  • Jury finds mother guilty in death of her child

        Her ex-husband, Nathan Aponte, asked the jury to show Emily Aponte mercy as it went back to the jury room to decide on a sentence, having convicted her of involuntary manslaughter for causing the accident that took the life of their 6-year-old son, Ethan.