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Today's News

  • Whew!

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County District 3 Supervisor

        Nine months into my first year as a Bedford County Supervisor!  I’ve learned a lot……mostly from folks like you.  For instance, I now understand the operation of the Animal Shelter and have been educated regarding different feral cat management techniques.  

  • Report on special session

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Virginia District 23

        The General Assembly met in Special Session on Thursday, approving some important changes to the Commonwealth’s biennial budget and electing judges to fill several vacancies in courts around the state.  We also welcomed a new Senator, while the House welcomed two new Delegates.

  • An addiction to government spending

    I’m an optimist, of sorts. If anyone were to say to me, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply “Oh yes it can!”
        My sort of optimism has been getting a serious workout in recent years as I watch my country slowly strangle itself. Out of control government spending is one way we are doing it.

  • Community development director named

        County Administrator Mark Reeter announced, Monday evening, that Gregg B. Zody has been hired as the county’s new director of community development. Zody replaces Tim Wilson, who left to take a position with South Boston in June. Zody will take over the job on Nov. 3.

  • Bedford man guilty in hit-and-run death

        A Bedford man, who struck and killed a man riding a bicycle on Va. 122 this past March, will spend the next seven-and-a-half years in prison for his actions that day.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27, spent March 21 drinking beer and texting friends and family before he struck and killed Sean McQuaid, Jenkins entered no contest pleas to charges of hit and run with personal injury, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, both felonies, and disorderly conduct and first offense DUI, misdemeanor charges.

  • Donation will help feed children

        A $50,000 donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation will help children in Virginia who may have little or nothing to eat on weekends.

        The donation was made to Blessings in a Backpack which, locally, has joined Bedrock Community Church, Main Street United Methodist Church and the Bedford Rotary Club to help children at Bedford Primary School.

  • Reception honors Rogers for his service here

        County staff and members of the board of supervisors bid farewell to Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers at a reception this week. Rogers leaves next week to take a job as Campbell County’s county administrator.

  • Stanley seeks open government

        At 24, Beckham Stanley is the youngest town council candidate on the ballot. A Bedford native, Stanley graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, near Farmville, with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He works in Bedford as an insurance agent at Holdren, Eubank and Stanley and does landscaping on a part-time basis.

        Why is he running?
        “It is very important for Bedford to elect a person who has the time and the energy to put into the job,” he said. “I have both.”

  • Teacher seeks seat on Town Council

        Walt King, a civics and PE teacher at Bedford Middle School, is seeking a seat on Bedford Town Council.

        King was born in Virginia Beach, but has lived in Bedford for 29 years. A job move brought his father here when King was 14. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1988 and earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Radford University and a master’s degree in education from Liberty University. He has spent his entire 15-year teaching career in Bedford County Public Schools.

  • Johannessen wants to serve community

        “Several people asked me about it,” said Bruce Johannessen, explaining why he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        He also believes a citizen owes his community some time and effort.
        “I think serving on Council is part of doing something for the community,” he said.
        This is Johannessen’s first bid for elective office, but he’s no stranger to government. He’s worked for the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for 43 years.