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Today's News

  • School board looks for savings

        In an effort to trim more than $1 million from its budget proposal, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to change its health insurance plans for employees.
        And more changes may be on the way.
        Under the current plans offered to employees, the cost of insurance would have jumped by 28 percent in the upcoming 2014-2015 budget, well over $2 million in additional cost. But the school board is looking for savings from its budget request to the county.

  • How to live to be 100

        The Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation hosted a presentation by Lynchburg College on aging. The title was “How to Live to Be 100.”

        According to Dr. Todd Olsen, a Lynchburg College professor, there are currently 79,682 centenarians in the United States and that number is expected to top 600,000 by the middle of the century.

  • Probation and Parole honored

        Crystal Pulley, chief probation and officer in Bedford County, was honored with the Department of Defense’s Patriot Award. This is given to employers who have gone above and beyond expectations in supporting the national guard and reserves.

  • Honor Flight visits D-Day Memorial

        An East Tennessee Honor Flight stopped by the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.  The group included 19 World War II veterans and four Korean War Veterans.

        Aroas “Gene” Bennett, who received the Bronze Star during his service with the 341st Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Division was one of the group and was wearing his military decorations, which included the badge indicating he shot expert with the M-1 Garand and M-1 carbine.

  • Fundraisers to benefit Commonwealth Autism Services

        Commonwealth Autism Services is a non-profit that assists people with autism, and their families.

        According to Didi Zaryczny, the public safety training coordinator for the Bedford office, the organization also provides awareness training for first responders and court personnel.

  • Scam alert! Listing targets renters

    Steve Rush a real estate agent with Scott and Bond Inc., in Bedford, wants area residents to be warned of a scam targeting those seeking to rent a home.
        For the second time since this past summer, an individual has used real estate listings with the company to try and defraud people through Craigslist.

  • Meth labs are becoming a problem in Bedford County

        Last Monday, a call about a possible burglary led to the discovery of an alleged meth lab by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Hearing on murder charge delayed until June

        A Bedford woman, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, will undergo a mental evaluation at Central State Hospital.

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz called the evaluation—which was ordered during a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday—routine.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 is accused of killing her son, Jordan Smith, on Feb. 27 at her Peaksview Lane residence in Bedford.

  • Public speaks out

        Public hearings on the county’s budget have been sparsely attended in past years, but this year was different.
        A proposal to raise the real estate tax rate half-filled Gibson Memorial Auditorium at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, where the hearings are held. A majority of the people attending came to oppose a proposed tax hike — something that was visually revealed when Tommy Scott, before speaking, asked everybody who didn’t want their taxes raised to stand up.

  • Farm rescues horses, helps teens

        Brook Hill Farm, located on Bellevue Road in Forest, was established in 2001 as a horse rehabilitation center.