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Today's News

  • Comp plan public hearing slated for Tuesday

        Bedford County’s planning commission has scheduled a public hearing on a revision of the county’s comprehensive plan. Each locality is required by state law to develop a comprehensive plan and periodically update it. The county adopted its current plan in 2007.

  • County board takes initial look at budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors got some good news, with caveats, Monday evening at a budget work session.
        County Administrator Mark Reeter told the supervisors projected revenue for the county is $91.25 million and budget requests come in at $91.2 million. This leaves the budget $50,000 in the black.
        Now, for the caveats.

  • Morgan leaving SRHS; Cornett to serve as acting principal

        The leader of Staunton River High School will be heading north soon.
        Dr. Michelle Morgan has accepted an administrative position with Fairfax County Public Schools, placing her closer to loved ones, according to a news release from the school system.
        Dr. Morgan has served as the school’s principal since 2010 and has been with Bedford County Public Schools since 2005. She is a graduate of Staunton River High School.

  • Bedford Main Street to change its board

        In an effort to revitalize Bedford Main Street, Inc., the current board of the Centertown organization has resigned and new applications are being accepted for nominations for a new board.
        The resignations become effective March 2 and the plan is to have the new board in place March 3.

  • Changes coming to Farmers Market

        Changes are on their way for the Bedford Farmers Market, as its spring opening gets closer.

        The proposed changes were presented during a community meeting last week.

  • Finishing touches being put on Army Reserve Center

        The new Army Reserve Center is almost ready.

  • 1st degree murder charge certified

         A first degree murder charge against a Bedford woman, accused of smothering her 1-year-old son with a stuffed animal last February, has been certified to a Bedford County grand jury, following a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday morning.

  • Budget work begins

        The first public hearing on the upcoming school budget will be held this Thursday, Feb. 5, in the school board conference room, at 7 p.m.
        This year’s budget season is likely to be much like the past few, as the board has to crunch dollars and make decisions on raises, technology upgrades, healthcare premiums and school operations. There will be plenty of decisions the school board will have to make when it comes to spending the dollars it will receive.

  • Waze App concerns police

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown believes Google’s Waze App should be modified to not allow law enforcement officers to be tracked.
        Brown explained that the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is concerned that those who have grievances with law enforcement could use the App feature to plan or carry out an attack on officers. He said while it hasn’t been directly linked to the shooting of two officers in New York City, the suspect who carried out those attacks had been using that App.

  • Council rezones property on Edmund Street

    last week, rezoned property on Edmund Street from Planned Residential District (PRD) to Commercial (M-1).
        The move clears the way for Walter Siehien, owner of Blue Ridge Optics, to build a new facility to expand his business. Blue Ridge Optics makes optics that send laser beams precisely where engineers want them to go. These optics are used in defense, medical and industrial applications.