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Today's News

  • To tweak or not to tweak, that is the question

    By Stephen Stevick,
    Bedford County Planning Commissioner
    District 5, 2005 to 2011

        Bedford County Board of Supervisor member Ms. Tammy Parker and various members of the Bedford County Planning Department staff have announced that they were at odds with senior staff on the issue of whether or not the updating of the county’s zoning ordinance to bring it in line with the Comprehensive Plan should be comprehensively rewritten or simply “tweaked.”

  • Town Meeting

    I will be holding a Town Meeting at the Moneta Library on Saturday, October 13 starting at 10 a.m..  
        I would like to spend some time discussing the Bedford County 2025 Comprehensive Plan.  This Plan was adopted in 2007.  There is a requirement to review and update the Plan at least every five years. 

  • The ‘horse race’ looks good for Obama

    The chief lament in the presidential campaign right now may well be “so many polls, and so little time.”
        Time, that is, to stack them up all together and see how and if they make sense. Polls are the chief element of the “horse race” aspect of the campaign, obsessing over who’s winning and by how much, regardless of issues.

  • That’s a lot of money


        Last week District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington reported to his fellow supervisors that the school board has developed a long range capital improvement plan with a price tag of $120 million. Arrington along with District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard are the two supervisors who serve on the school liaison committee.

  • No intent to hide the vote

    Several times over the past couple of years we have used this space to criticize the Bedford County School Board for its lack of openness, specifically when appointing members to the board to fill seats left vacant because of resignations.

  • Under new management... But familiar faces at Forks

        Forks Country Restaurant is now under new management — sort of.

        Rosella Bays and Teri Cheek have taken over from G. M. Bays, who started the restaurant on Aug. 28, 1984. However, if you are a regular customer, you know these two ladies. Rosella Bays is G. M. Bays’ wife and Teri Cheek is his daughter.
        “We’ve both been here for 27 years,” commented Cheek. “It’s still family owned.”    

  • 31st Centerfest draws big crowd

        Thousands filled the streets of Centertown Bedford Saturday as the 31st annual Centerfest provided something for everyone to enjoy.

        By mid-day, the streets were jam packed with festival goers taking in the crafts, foods, art, rides and numerous booths set up throughout Centertown streets.
        “We’ve had very good comments,” stated Sue Montgomery, executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc., about the festival.

  • Beware of those donation cans

        We’ve all seen those cans at checkout counters at various businesses and most of us probably never stop to wonder about whether they are legitimate.

        Vickie Overstreet certainly hadn’t wondered about this until last fall. That changed when she walked into a local business and saw a container collecting money for her son’s burial expenses.

  • All US 460 lanes now open

        The U. S. 460 eastbound lanes in the S-curve east of Montvale are now open.
         The lanes have been closed since the evening of May 28 when a Watts Petroleum tanker truck rolled over in the curve, killing the driver. The tanker spilled 6,800 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel.  The fuel  soaked  into  the soil in the area of the roll-over, requiring a clean-up.

  • Bedford Domestic Violence Services plans fundraisers, events this month

        October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this is why Bedford Domestic Violence Services uses this month for both major fundraising and awareness efforts.