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Today's News

  • Orchard teams up with Society of St. Andrew

        Twenty years ago a storm came through and knocked a lot of fruit off the trees at Gross’ Orchard in Bedford.

        That fruit was usable, but could not be sold.
        That, according to Ronnie Gross, is when they learned about the Society of St. Andrew in Big Island, and were able to coordinate the gleaning of the fruit at the Gross’ Farm.
        That partnership has been ongoing for the past two decades, including last week during the Commonwealth Day of Gleaning.

  • School board to review costs charged for groups using facilities

        Several years ago the Bedford County School Board passed a policy setting standard prices for groups using school facilities. That policy is now again under review after District 6 board member Kelly Harmony questioned the prices some groups have been quoted for facility use.

  • Proposed policy would change grading scale

        By next year, the grading scale being utilized in Bedford County Public Schools could be changed to a 10-point scale.
        The school board is considering a recommendation by school staff to change from the 7-point scale to the 10-point scale, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. That, according to staff, would give administrators time to work with teachers to understand the new scale and grading system.

  • Sludge truck overturns

    A truck carrying sewer sludge overturned on Va. 24 this morning, spilling a small amount of its load.

    According to Virginia State Police, Michael Branch, 54, of Bassett was driving east in a 2004 Peterbilt truck, belonging to B and B Trucking Company of Bassett, pulling a tanker-type trailer fully loaded with sludge. He came around a sharp curve, went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over.

  • Three vehicle accident involves school bus

    A Bedford County school bus was involved in a three-vehicle accident on Dickerson Mill Road this morning.

  • Republicans plan candidate brunches

    Republican Party headquarters has opened on the corner of North Bridge Street and Depot Street, in the building that formerly housed Bluebird Antiques. Supporters held a soft opening Aug. 10.

        “This year we decided not to have a grand opening,” said Charlene Poole, chairman of the committee in charge of the headquarters.

  • Barnes resigns from Planning Commission

    Tuesday night's Bedford County Planning Commission meeting came to a surprise ending when District 2 planning commission member Lynn Barnes announced his resignation. The resignation was effective immediately. Barnes has represented District 2 on the planning commission for seven years.

    Barnes cited frustration with the board of supervisors as his reason.

    "I think the board [of supervisors] has forced this planning commission into a position of giving in," Barnes said.

  • School board to take $125M facilities plan to supervisors

        The Bedford County School Board has been piecing together its possible capital project needs for the next 20 years.
        The potential price tag: $125 million.
        Members plan to take the proposal to the County Supervisors next month and get approval to put in motion one of the plan’s major projects—building a new middle school in the Liberty Zone. That project is one both boards will, at some point, have to agree on, assuming the reversion of the city of Bedford to town status takes place.

  • Fla. man pleads in child molestation case

        A 48-year-old Florida man will spend 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl, the result of a plea agreement reached in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

  • City Council OK’s reversion agreement

        Bedford City Council gave its unanimous thumbs up last Tuesday to the voluntary reversion agreement with Bedford County in which the city will become a town.
        Several speakers posed a number of questions to council members during a public hearing prior to the vote. Most of the questions centered on taxes and services.