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Today's News

  • Supervisors vote for tax hike

    Taxes are going up.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 Monday night to set the real estate tax rate for the next fiscal year at 52 cents per $100 in assessed value. This is a 2 cent increase over the previous tax rate of 50 cents.
        Although the budget county staff presented was balanced without the tax increase, some supervisors felt it left important issues unaddressed.

  • Celebrating 45 years at Camp Virginia Jaycee!

    Just more than 45 years ago, Bill Robertson had set a plan in motion.

  • 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.

  • Remembering a great liberal journalist

    2014 is a year of profound anniversaries of events that changed America for the better during the Civil Rights movement.
        It's the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, a brave and successful effort where young people from across the nation descended upon a primitive and dangerous place to help black residents achieve their right to vote.
        Their work did not end without tragedy, as three civil rights workers were murdered by local rednecks.

  • An invitation to connect on LinkedIn

    I was amazed when I read Rick Howell’s  Liberal Agenda last week. I never thought I was important enough to become the object of a political activist’s dirty tricks. It seems I was wrong, and I must say I’m very flattered. I came to that conclusion when Mr. Howell wrote that I had been “snooping around” on one of his social media accounts.