Today's News

  • This should be a fascinating year

        Right now, things aren’t looking good for the donkey party. In addition to being rejected by the voters in the midterm elections, census results show that states where Republicans have done well also showed an increase population. States that have been “Democratic” strongholds lost population.

  • Stanley heads into homestretch of race

    It’s not November, but there is an election next Tuesday.

        Robert Hurt’s election to the House of Representatives in November has left his Virginia Senate Seat vacant and Bill Stanley, a WestLake area attorney hopes to fill it. Stanley has previously served as the 5th Congressional District Chairman for the Republican Party.

  • Direction changes for improvements to zoning ordinance

    The new year means a change of direction on efforts to improve Bedford County’s zoning ordinance.

        Bedford County adopted its current zoning ordinance in 1998 and, for the past couple of years, the county’s planning department has been working on developing a new ordinance to replace it. Last year ended with a decision by the supervisors to drop that idea and, instead, modify the existing ordinance.

  • Planning director hired for Bedford County

    A new year brought a new job for Tim Wilson. Wilson has been hired as Bedford County’s new director of community planning and development.

        Monday was his first day on the job, in an office that still has a barren, spartan appearance because he has not yet had the chance to bring in any personal items. The day involved learning how the computer system and the phone system works. Wilson notes that every local government handles these a little differently.

  • Timeline for return of Stalin bust to Memorial not yet set

    Reports that Joseph Stalin may soon return to the National D-Day Memorial site may be premature.

        “We don’t have any finalized plans,” said Robin Reed, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. “We are still looking at designs.”

  • Defendant in animal hoarding case to receive mental evaluation

        The 63-year-old Thaxton man accused of hoarding more than 100 cats and dogs at his home will undergo a competency evaluation before standing trial on 10 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

        Ronald Lee Snellings Sr. was charged in November as the result of an investigation that led to deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and animal rights volunteers removing the animals from his home. At the time, investigators called the incident the worst cases of “animal hoarding” they had ever seen.

  • July 2012 set as target date for city to become town

    The city of Bedford has been in negotiations with Bedford County for two years on the possibility of having the city revert to town status. An agreement on that could be made public in the first quarter of this year with a target date for reversion of July 2012, according to Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp.

        Tharp, who was unanimously re-elected by council to serve another term as mayor during a reorganizational meeting Monday, said reversion will be a “win-win” for both the city and county.

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