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Today's News

  • Montvale FD gets new pumper

        The Montvale Fire Department has purchased a new pumper, a brand new Pierce Rescue Engine with a tank capacity of 1,000 gallons.

        According to Montvale Fire Chief Scott Hawkins, the truck was bought through the county’s fire apparatus replacement rotation. The truck cost $520,000 and the county put up $260,000 of that amount. The fire department had to raise the rest. This price does not include the cost of the equipment the truck carries.

  • Bedford County Public Schools names teacher of the year finalists

        Three Bedford County teachers have been named as finalists for the 2018 Bedford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

        The winner will be announced at a dinner on April 27 at the Boonsboro Country Club.
        Jodi Shirey from Bedford Science and Technology Center, Cheryl Musgrove from Bedford Primary School and Brian Miller from Staunton River High School, have been named as finalists from among Teachers of the Year at each county school.

  • Town owes county $148,000

        Sonia Jammes, Bedford’s director of finance, had some strange news for Town Council last week. It seems that the Town received $148,000 in vehicle rental tax that was supposed to go to Bedford County.
        According to Jammes, the state department of taxation collects vehicle rental tax and divvies up the local share of the tax to localities depending on where the rental agency is located. The state depends on the agency to select the correct locality when it reports. This is where the problem comes in.

  • Wagner touts business, state government experience

        State Senator Frank Wagner wants to be governor. He believes he is the only Republican candidate with true business experience and who has experience working in state government.
        He also touts his military experience.
        “It’s going well,” Wagner said of the campaign, during a brief stop in Bedford on Thursday.

  • Feature film has casting call

        The feature film Juanita, which will spend a week filming in the Bedford area, has put out a casting call for extras.
        Work in Bedford is expected to take place April 30-May 5.
        In the story line Juanita untethers herself from her exhausting life and sets out on a bus to an unknown destination and future. The film is based on the novel “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof” by Sheila Williams.     The  screenplay is by Roderick Spencer.

  • Diversity provides strategic advantage

        Brigadier General Lapthe Flora was the speaker in the first of a series of talks at the Bedford Welcome Center, sponsored by the National D-Day Memorial, marking the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the United State’s declaration of war on the German Empire.

  • Project helps save money, time to fight fires

        The Huddleston Fire Department can now fill up its tankers right behind its buildings off of Dundee Road at Trading Post No. 3 or at the Waltons Station No. 4 as the result of a project through the Peaks of Otter Soil & Water Conservation District.

  • Carrying the Cross

    Members of Otterville United Methodist Church will carry a cross down Va. 122, Friday evening, Good Friday, in commemoration of Jesus’ crucifixion. Rusty Keenan, a member of the church made the cross.

  • 'Juanita to film in Bedford County

        The upcoming feature film Juanita, starring Academy Award-nominated actress Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Captain America: Civil War) and Petersburg native Blair Underwood (Agents of  S.H.I.E.L.D., L.A. Law), will film in Virginia this spring. 

        Adam Beach has also been confirmed as one of the film’s actors.
        The filming will include about a week’s worth of work in Bedford County.

  • Murder case moves to J&D court

        The three men charged with second degree murder in the homicide of a 17-year-old Lynchburg teenager, whose body was found dumped on Roaring Run Road March 27, have preliminary hearing dates set for June 13 in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
        Jose Coreas-Ventura, 21, had a public defender assigned to be his lawyer last week. Lisandro Posada-Vazquez, 23, and Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 19, were scheduled to be in J&D court Tuesday afternoon for attorney advisements.