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Today's News

  • School budget

        The Bedford County School Board  is scheduled to formally present its budget for the 2015-2016 school year on March 23 to the county supervisors.
        On Monday, the supervisors were reluctant to comment on the budget prior to that presentation, but did question where additional funding would come from if that is eventually requested by the school board.

  • Supervisors endorse Virginia Mountains tourism designation

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing a “Virginia Mountains” regional state tourism marketing designation for the county.
        Jerry Craig, the county’s tourism director, told the supervisors the county is currently in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Central Virginia” marketing region.
        “We are the western-most county in the Central Virginia region,” Craig said.

  • Comp plan moves on to supervisors

        No one showed up for the public hearing last week on the county’s revised comprehensive plan. The revised plan, which the planning commission has been working on since 2013, was unanimously forwarded to the board of supervisors after a revision on the section for parks and rec easements.
        “That sounds like a lot of easements,” commented District 4 Planning Commission member Josiah Tillett after reading the section.

  • Jury convicts Harris

        A federal jury convicted a naval officer on Monday of coercing nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 into sending him explicit photos and videos of themselves.
        Lt. Daniel Chase Harris, 31, of Virginia Beach, is set to be sentenced July 13 in U.S. District Court on 31 felonies – including 13 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of obstruction of justice. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and the maximum of life.

  • Springer Spaniel from Bedford County takes honors at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds, a Springer Spaniel who grew up in Bedford County, won top honors in the Sporting Group category at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her registered name — she normally goes by Liz — reflects her rather complicated background.

        The Wynmoor part of her registered name comes from Wynmoor English Springers, the Bedford County Kennel where she grew up.
        “My parents are the ones who started off with it,” said Dr. Erin Kerfoot.

  • Jennings showed magic in work, hobby

    John Jennings was a magical person in many ways.

  • More than snowmen

        You probably noticed the orange orangutan leaning on a lamp post next to Town Kitchen Provisions. The sculpture, made entirely of snow, is the work of Bobby Fuller, owner of Bartertown Art. His art studio is in transition, at present, and is slated to reopen near the Millstone Tea Room this summer.

        Fuller’s normal art medium is stuff people throw away.
        “Everything I make is out of 100 percent recycled,” Fuller said.

  • Dr. Schuch asks for 4.7% salary adjustment for teachers

    By Tom Wilmoth and John Barnhart
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        The budget takes center stage for the Bedford County School Board this week as it begins working through the proposed $106.39 million budget proposed by Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        The proposed budget includes an operating fund request of $100.26 million, up 2.21 percent from last year, and the restoration of $1 million to the school maintenance project fund.

  • School board gives OK to raise funds for astro turf at JF field

        Jefferson Forest High School has moved one step closer to installing artificial turf at its Sabre Stadium. Now the real work begins.
        With the 5-2 vote, the Bedford County School Board approved the proposal which would allow the school’s Cavalier Club to begin raising funds in support of the installation.

  • FMS student wins county spelling bee

        Seventeen very serious looking elementary and middle school students lined the stage of Liberty High School’s auditorium, Tuesday morning, for Bedford County’s annual spelling bee. All were winners of their respective schools’ spelling bee.

        By round six, only two were left. Case Bohannon, a seventh grader from Forest Middle School, and Finn Plattus, a fifth grader from Thaxton Elementary School, then proceeded to battle it out for 21 rounds before Bohannon emerged as the winner.