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Today's News

  • There’s your sign

    A good sign that a law might need changed is when it has more people trying to get out of it than those who support it.
        That’s the case with Virginia’s “King’s Dominion law.”
        That now-antiquated law was passed in the 1980s as an attempt to support the tourism industry in Virginia. But its time has passed.

  • Planning Commission completes comments

    Bedford County's planning commission members finished their comments, Monday night, on the Board of Supervisors' proposed changes to the county's zoning ordinance.

  • Board looks ahead as budget discussions loom

        By delaying the release of a proposed budget, and by speaking with numerous civic and school groups, the Bedford County School Board and school administration officials hope that this year’s budget process will be less controversial than it has been the past couple of years.
        Those past budget discussions led to clashes between the public and the school board and administration—as proposals to close schools created acrimony—and between the school board and the board of supervisors over funding for the school system.

  • PC looks at updated comprehensive plan

    The city of Bedford Planning Commission reappointed Lonne R. Bailey as its chair during a meeting last Thursday.
        Also reappointed as vice chair was Jaimeson English.
        No one spoke at a public hearing on adoption of the comprehensive plan, prior to a vote to readopt the plan. The commission voted to recommend approval of the updated comprehensive plan. Should reversion of the city to town status be approved—currently set to take place July 1, 2013—the town would have to adopt a new comprehensive plan.
     

  • School board discusses drug testing, English class

        From drug testing to English classes, the Bedford County School Board looked at a variety of issues during its meeting last Thursday.
        During an informational item on the code of student conduct, District 6 board member Kelly Harmony suggested that the school board look at how much it would cost to test student athletes—and others involved in extracurricular activities—for drug use.

  • Aznavorian seeks harmony with neighbors

        George Aznavorian’s Harmony project takes a step forward with a neighborhood information meeting, Wednesday evening, in the county administration building. This is a step toward getting the property rezoned from its current AR (agricultural reserve) zoning to PD-1 (planned development district).

  • Elks donate $2,000 to help local organizations

        The Bedford’s Elks lodge donated $2000 to eight community service organizations in the Bedford area.

        The money came from the Elks National Foundation through Gratitude Grants to Bedford Elks Lodge 2844. The money was spread evenly with each organization getting $250. The organizations are Disabled American Veterans, the Bedford Museum, Precept Schools, Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes, Hunters for the Hungry, Society of Saint Andrew Mission, Bedford Free Clinic and the National D-Day Memorial.

  • New SRO is ‘03 grad of Liberty High School

        Liberty High School’s (LHS) new school resource officer (SRO) Daniel Clark is now in his second month on the job. The high school is also familiar territory for the 2003 LHS graduate, although he’s now seeing it from a different perspective.

        “I’ve always been interested in law enforcement,” Clark said.
        He started working at the county dispatch center a year after graduating. Clark said that helped him get his foot in the door. He became a sheriff’s deputy in 2007.

  • Bedford church members tackle the hills of Nicaragua

    Bedford Police Chief Jim Day, along with several other members of Bedrock Community Church, took their faith to the extreme last month—backpacking through the hills of northern Nicaragua as part of a mission outreach in that country.

        Their mission, take the gospel to remote villages in that part of the country in conjunction with Because We Care Ministries.
        Based out of a mission house in Somotillo, located on the Nicaragua/Honduras border, that area is known for its crime.

  • Horses’ necks slashed

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an animal cruelty investigation in the Montvale area.