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Today's News

  • Welch trial delayed until September

    Because of considerable new evidence filed in the capital murder case of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., the trial date has been rescheduled from April 18 to Sept. 12.

        The rescheduling of the trial was approved during a motions hearing in Bedford Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Also during the hearing, Judge James Updike approved a defense motion request to hire a DNA expert—Dr. Thomas McClintock of Liberty University—at an expected cost of $21,000.
        The prosecution has listed a number of DNA experts as possible witnesses.

  • Board OK’s funds for heating, cooling loop

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to allow the school board to use $712,000 of the money borrowed to finance construction of a new middle school and competition gym to replace the heating and cooling loop at Liberty High School (LHS).

  • School board adopts preliminary budget

        The Bedford County School Board unanimously adopted its preliminary budget last week.
        This preliminary budget will be presented to the board of supervisors at a 5 p.m. work session on March 6. The meeting will be held in the supervisors’ meeting chamber on the third floor of the County Administration Building on East Main Street in Bedford.

  • Procedure improved local teen’s hearing ability

    Abigail Brewer, who lives in Goode, is a 19-year-old sophomore at Liberty University (LU).

  • BMH sponsors Women’s Heart Health Lunch

        On Friday, the Bedford Columns dining room was filled with red-clad people.

        Bedford Memorial Hospital sponsored a Heart Healthy Lunch at the the Columns. People were encouraged to wear red and  Bedford Memorial CEO Patti Jurkus commented that this year marks 14 years since the first National Wear Red Day was held to promote heart disease awareness.
        The gathering was overwhelmingly female and Jurkus said heart disease is the number one killer of women.

  • Sheriff Brown named Sheriff of the Year

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown has been named the National Sheriffs’ Association’s (NSA) sheriff of the year.

        Brown will receive the NSA’s 2017 Ferris E. Lucas Sheriff of the Year award at the organization’s annual conference in Reno, Nevada, in June. The award recognizes a sheriff who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and the criminal justice profession, demonstrates exceptional service to his or her community, and has contributed to the betterment of the NSA.

  • FMS student wins county bee by correctly spelling ‘alpinist’

    By Emily Scruggs

  • School board begins work on budget

        Beginning this week, the Bedford County School Board will begin considering the budget proposal by School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch that includes a 3.9 percent spending increase over the current fiscal year budget.
        At last Thursday’s board meeting, Dr. Schuch presented the school board with a $102.87 million budget with additional proposed spending of $3.86 million over the current year’s budget. That would include almost $3 million more in county funding.

  • Fortune telling in future as a Bedford business?

        Fortune tellers are prohibited under a current town ordinance, but that will soon change. Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner presented his recommendations to Bedford Town Council last week.
        Warner said the town’s planning commission recommended changing the town’s zoning ordinance at the same time Council repeals the fortune teller ban. The zoning ordinance change would limit the B-2 (General Business District) zones as a conditional use.

  • Charges reduced

    Two men saw felony charges reduced to misdemeanors in Circuit Court, Tuesday. Both were the result of plea agreements.