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Today's News

  • Council considers 2 cent raise in RE tax

        A majority of Bedford Town Council appears ready to back no more than a 2 cents increase in the real estate tax rate, following budget work sessions held this past week.
        Council met last Tuesday and again on Monday to discuss the budget. At this past Tuesday’s meeting, council was expected to finish its discussion prior to publication of the tax rate for public comment.

  • School board presents budget to county

    School Board representatives met with the board of supervisors, Monday evening, in what District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson later called a “fruitful” meeting. The meeting was a 5 p.m. work session in which the school board presented the school’s FY 2016 budget.
        “Our emphasis this year is on seven points,” said School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler as he began the budget presentation.

  • Couple wants to hold special events on property

        Last month, the Bedford County Planning Commission gave Gregg Zody, the county’s director of community development, the go-ahead to add wedding events as a by-right use in a number of zones.

  • Candidates take questions at ‘Bedford First’ forum

        A group of candidates for local office, grouped together on what they call the “Bedford First” ticket, held a candidate forum last week at the Bedford Central Library. The candidates took questions from people who attended the forum.

  • Moneta man gets 11 year sentence for stabbing wife’s lover

    James David Fincher will spend 11 years behind bars for stabbing his wife’s lover.

  • Master Food Volunteers get cookin’

        The Virginia Cooperative Extension has long provided a Master Gardner program; now, it has a Master Food Volunteer program.

        The idea of the program, according to the Extension’s websites, is to “reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety  and physical activity.”

  • School sets new record

    Twice delayed by snow, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School finally held its Jump Rope for Heart last week.

        The event set a new school record raising a grand total of $14,832. A grandmother wrote a last minute check that put them over the top, according to Sue   Moore,   the   physical   education teacher who coordinates the program.

  • State champ: All-beef Patti

        The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella had happy endings that involved special shoes.  Jordan Patti can relate.
        The Staunton River shot putter arrived at the State meet seeded third.  He also arrived without the shoes he wears for throwing the iron.

  • Protecting the community

        They put their lives on the line; they saved lives.

        On Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office passed out honors recognizing deputies for their work over the past year. Five of them were for distinguished service and four deputies in this group had to use deadly force last year. The distinguished service awards recognized actions done to protect the safety of the innocent.

  • School budget goes to the county

        The Bedford County School Board had few changes to make in Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch’s proposed $106.5 million budget for 2015-2016.
        Now comes the difficult part—selling the budget to the County Board of Supervisors.
        Dr. Schuch, Board Chairman Gary Hostutler and Chief Financial Officer Randy Hagler will try to do just that during a work session Monday night with the supervisors.