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Today's News

  • Bedford considers electric rate increase

        Next Tuesday, Feb. 24, Bedford area residents will be able to tell town council what they feel about a proposed 4 percent increase to their electric rates, set to take effect March 1.
        A public hearing on the proposed increase will be held during the council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the Municipal Building.

  • Candidates to be chosen by primary

        Bedford County’s Republican unit voted, during an occasionally rancorous meeting with 75 members present, to opt for a state-run primary to choose candidates for local elected offices this year. This primary will include all board of supervisors candidates and all constitutional officers.

  • Miller steps down from NAACP presidency

        Ronnie Miller is stepping down as president of the Bedford Branch of the NAACP.

        “I took over four years ago with the intent of getting the chapter started again,” Miller said.
        The chapter had virtually ceased functioning and was in danger of losing its charter. Miller said he was asked to take over because he is a businessman. Miller owns Bedford Funeral home, which was founded by his parents Frank and Frances Miller in 1962.

  • Police raid meth lab

        Last week Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at a Jordantown Road residence in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of two Bedford County residents on drug related charges.

  • Eagles soar; opponents sore

        They are the bad boys of the Blue Ridge.
        They're the dominators of their district. 
        Now, they aim to be the conquistadors of their conference.
        And then some.

  • Taking flight

        Soar Dunk, an inspirational acrobatics team from Liberty University, paid a visit to Forest Elementary’s gym last week for a character assembly.

        “We get to travel around and give encouraging messages wherever we go,” said Evan Apon, a member of the team.

  • Real-world education

        The students were creating their own worlds.

        The Bedford Middle School contingent sat down to create those worlds through Minecraft, a video game about placing blocks to make about anything you can dream up.
        It’s something they do every week as part of their 21st Century After School Program run through the Bower Center for the Arts. And on Monday, the students had new computers to use—complements of the Bedford Science and Technology (BSTC) Computer Systems Technology class.

  • Time for repairs

        The courthouse roof leaks and Sheldon Cash, director of public works, came before the supervisors with the result of the latest rebid to fix the problem.

        Cash said there are major leaks around the bell tower, which has had little done to it since the courthouse was built in the 1930s. The lowest responsible bid to correct the problem came in from Jamerson-Lewis Construction, of Lynchburg, at $637,000. Cash said $10,000 extra would be needed to replace the cupola in copper, as it now is.

  • Music teacher pleads guilty

          Luis Roberto Mendez, a music teacher in Bedford County, pleaded to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship in Bedford Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.

        The Class Five felonies can result in one to five years in the penitentiary per charge.
        Mendez, 42, appeared bedecked in an orange jumpsuit in front of Judge James Updike, along with defense counsel Matthew Pack.

  • Budget season begins

        People packed the school board’s Thursday night meeting for a public hearing on the school division’s budget for the next school year. Most of the speakers, including representatives of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA), called for teacher pay raises.
        “I do teach for the love of children and learning,” said Peggy Terrell.