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Today's News

  • Students explore art in county program

        Bedford County’s Parks and Rec department held its first art camp last week.

        The day camp, held at the Forest Recreation Center, drew 22 children. This camp was for children ages 5 to 10. One for older children is being held this week.
        Jenn Fitzgerald, an elementary school art teacher from Campbell County, was the instructor.
        “I had worked with her previously,” said  Stuart  Saunders, the  program coordinator for Bedford County Parks and Rec.

  • Board sets limit for school, gym

        The board of supervisors authorized, Monday night, spending $38 million to build a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone as well as a competitive gym for Liberty High School.

  • Water turned back on at Army Reserve Center

        Army reservists arriving at Bedford’s Army Reserve Center nearly spent a weekend making do without water from the Bedford Regional Water Authority.
        The Water Authority had disconnected the Reserve Center last week because of non-payment of its last bill. Water service was reconnected before the reservists arrived because Bedford Mayor Bob Wandrei personally paid the Reserve Center’s past due amount of $1,259.42.

  • A message to our graduates: It’s just the beginning
  • Beating the tea party in Tidewater

        Politics can often be a terrific venue for the mixture of business and pleasure. If you can’t manage it in Tidewater, so close to Virginia Beach, you’ll never figure it out.
        But I had no such trouble last week, working on the campaign of House of Delegates candidate Steve Heretick in Portsmouth and Norfolk.
        Heretick was waging what many considered a nearly impossible task, seeking to end the career of longtime delegate Johnny Joannou in the June 9 primary.

  • Eight centuries of individual rights

        Monday marked the 800th anniversary of a major event in the development of American freedom. On June 15, 1215, King John of England was forced by both England’s nobles and clergy to sign a document that came to be known as Magna Carta. King John signed multiple copies — actually, he affixed his royal seal to them — and four of these originals still exist.

  • Move over

        Keep our emergency responders safe – don’t forget, to “Move Over.”
        June is now designated as “Move Over Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth. The designation is the result of the 2014 Virginia General Assembly Session and continues the effort to raise drivers’ attention about this lifesaving law, a recent press release from the Virginia State Police noted.

  • Sheriff: Drug bust helped keep heroin out of county

        Last week’s heroin bust, which amounted to 2,800 hits of the drug, helped keep the drug from gaining a stronghold in the county, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown.
        Late Sunday, June 7 and early into Monday morning, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice Unit and investigators from DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department  and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force  made the bust, arresting 54-year-old Jesse Ray Little of Huddleston.

  • BPD adds new officers

        Two newly hired officers for the Bedford Police Department were touching base with the community Saturday afternoon at the 3-on-3 basketball tournament held at Edmund Street Park.

        This week, they left for training at the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy in Salem.
        Chevon Thompson and Daniel Willis attended Saturday’s event and began working on the community policing initiative that Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman is stressing for the department.

  • Location for Bedford passenger rail station selected by group

        The Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Committee Rail Liaison Committee has settled on a site for a rail passenger station in Bedford. Last week, Brian McCrodden, a member of the committee, briefed Bedford Town Council.