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Today's News

  • VDOE: Moneta Elem. misses the mark

        Letters went home Tuesday to parents of students at Moneta Elementary explaining what the next step is now that Bedford County Public Schools has learned the school has been denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
        Seventeen of the district’s 19 schools received full accreditation for this year—Montvale Elementary is only partially accredited—but the district must now take steps outlined by VDOE to address Moneta’s situation.

  • Body cameras proving useful to town police

        The new body cameras the Bedford Police Department has are proving useful, according to Chief Todd Foreman. Chief Foreman made a presentation to Town Council last week on the cameras.

        “We wear them on our belts,” Chief Foreman said.

  • Karen, Canines and Creation

    By Brandi Mitchell

    Bulletin Intern

  • Churches will be exempt from outdoor gathering regulation

        Bedford County’s planning commission looked at a draft ordinance, last week, that will change the way outdoor gatherings are permitted.
        According to Gregg Zody, it will change outdoor gatherings from something that requires a special use permit to something that will be a use by right.
        “Technically, we shouldn’t have them because nobody has come to me for a permit,” Zody said.

  • Bedford woman sentenced for drug robbery at English Meadows

        A scheme to rob pills from her employer has led to a 19-year-old Bedford woman having to serve 19 months in prison.
        Alicyn Marie Updike pleaded guilty in May to the August 2015 robbery at English Meadows Elks Home Campus, where she was employed. Her boyfriend, Cody Wayne Nichols, 21, was also involved and previously received a two-year prison sentence for his part in the robbery.

  • Board kicks in $20,000 for field upgrade

        The money is now in place to renovate a ball field at Liberty Lake Park to allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Bedford’s Town Council and the school board had already put up $20,000 each for the renovation.      Monday  night, the board of supervisors also unanimously voted to spend $20,000 from the contingency fund for the work.

  • Jellies & Jams

    By Patricia C Held

    Contributing Writer

        When summer begins to fade fruits and vegetables mature and ripen, it is the time to harvest and put up the best of the pickings. Gather fruits and vegetables from the garden or purchase them from local orchards to create delicious edibles for the pantry.

  • Teen charged with arson, firing gun at vehicles

        A Bedford County man who is described as having mental issues has been arrested following a manhunt Thursday after he allegedly fired shots in his home and at several vehicles.

        Thursday’s incidents led to the arrest of 18-year-old Daniel Flint. He was initially charged with arson, malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle and attempted malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle. Later Thursday evening, he was also charged with possession of a firearm after being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

  • Council looks at solar power

        Bedford is planning to apply for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revenue sharing funds to build some additional sidewalks in town—and is also looking for someone willing to build a solar farm on town property.
        Last Tuesday Wayne Hale, the town’s engineering services manager, briefed Council on areas that need attention.

  • School board OK’s money for track, baseball field upgrades

        After hearing from two speakers asking that more money be spent to improve the three county high schools’ tracks, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to spend an additional $133,000—$1.2 million in all—for the upgrades.
        Jerome Loy, a former county teacher and track coach, and Joe Curcio, the Staunton River track coach and state meet organizer, both asked that the JF track, during the upgrades, be made into an eight-lane track. This would allow the county to host a state meet in the future.