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Today's News

  • School Board to pick second school to close

        Having received more than 100 recommendations to improve efficiency in the school system, Bedford County Public Schools has already taken steps to work on or complete around 25 percent of those.
        And in the upcoming few weeks, one of the most controversial of those recommendations will take center stage.

  • Water projects move ahead

    The Bedford County Planning Commission gave a unanimous thumbs up last week to two projects proposed by the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA).

  • NoahFest to be held this weekend at Sedalia

        The third annual NoahFest is slated for this weekend at Sedalia Center.

        The fundraising festival grew out of Michael Okuley’s experience when his son, Noah, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
        “When Noah was diagnosed, the community really rallied around us,” Okuley said. “We felt an obligation to pay it forward.”

  • Construction set to begin on The Villas at Oakwood

        Nine years in the making, The Villas at Oakwood held an official groundbreaking ceremony Friday on the 27-acre property located adjacent to Bedford Memorial Hospital on Oakwood Street.

        “It’s a great day for Bedford,” noted developer Gibo Luck, as he greeted guests at the event.

  • Wood ministry catches fire

        Main Street United Methodist Church’s wood ministry is ready for its 13th year of helping people keep warm.

        According to Roger M. Layne, who heads up the ministry, volunteers will be working from a wood pile that is 65-feet long, six-and-a-half feet high and 17 rows wide. Each row is between 15 and 18 inches long.

  • Former teacher faces charges

        A former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery of students while he was working at Montvale Elementary School.
        The incidents allegedly occurred in 2011 and 2012 during gym classes at the school.

  • Board takes up pay raise proposal too late for action

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors won’t be holding a public hearing on raising supervisors’ pay at its Sept. 8 meeting. In fact, supervisor pay raises are off the table for the remainder of this year.
        At the end of their last meeting, on Aug. 11, the supervisors reached a consensus during the Board Comments section of the meeting to hold a public hearing on raising supervisors’ pay by $200 a month. District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard made the suggestion during the Comments period.

  • Centra CEO shares plans for Bedford Memorial Hospital

        E.W. Tibbs, president and chief executive officer of Centra, didn’t want anyone to pull any punches.
        He wanted the dialogue at Centra’s Town Hall held last Thursday on the state of healthcare in the area to be honest and direct. And he promised to offer direct answers in response.

  • Hearing delayed until report is completed

        The Roanoke man charged with allegedly trying to hire a hit man to murder his estranged wife will be evaluated to see what his competency was at the time the allegation took place.
        Kevin Colgan remains in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19 after allegedly trying to hire the hit man who was actually an undercover officer with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bedford man facing child sex charges

        A Bedford man is facing three charges of aggravated sexual battery for incidents that allegedly occurred between 2004-2006.
        Mario Rivero, 43, is set for a jury trial on the charges on Sept. 30. The charges allege he inappropriately touched a girl under the age of 13 years old. He was arrested last August and indicted in December of last year.
        He has been out on bond.