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Today's News

  • Let the sun shine in

    Last week was Sunshine Week.
        The weather cooperated, ushering in spring with plenty of sun and warmth. Maybe the Bedford County School Board will also follow suit.
        Sunshine Week is a national campaign that promotes the importance of open government and freedom of information. It’s not just the media that participates, but rather anyone interested in the public’s right to know what is going on in government.

  • Harmony gets a Planning Commission thumbs up

        The Bedford County Planning Commission voted unanimously, Monday night, to approve a rezoning that will open the door to a planned development called Harmony.

  • John Douglass seeks Democrats' nod for 5th District race

        Two Democrats are seeking their party’s nod to challenge Congressman Robert Hurt for the 5th Congressional District seat in November. One of them, General John Douglass, made a stop in Bedford last week for a meet and greet.

        Douglass earned a commission in the United States Air Force at the University of Florida and served for 28 years, retiring as a brigadier general in 1992.

  • Peyton Williams seeks Democrats' nod in 5th District

        A retired Army colonel is one of two candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nod to take on Congressman Robert Hurt in the fall.
        Peyton Williams was originally the sole candidate seeking the nomination before congressional district redistricting put Fauquier County into the 5th Congressional District which, in turn, brought in John Douglass, making it a contest.

  • Council hears budget requests

        With budget discussions up and running, Bedford City Council heard last Tuesday from three groups asking for the city’s continued financial support of their organizations.
        The announcement was also made that the city had officially filed the required paperwork to the Virginia Commission on Local Government stating its case for approval of voluntary reversion of the city to a town.

  • Agape Center puts contract on building

        Back in 2004 when it opened, the Agape Center in Bedford was serving eight families.

        Now, every month, the Center serves more than 450 families with some 800 on its clients’ list.
        “It’s expanding every minute,” stated Executive Director Sue Lipscomb this week.
        That means the Center needs more room. Soon it will have just that.

  • Whorley resigns from School Board

        District 3 School Board member Brad Whorley has resigned from the Bedford County School Board, effective this past Thursday.

        Whorley’s announcement was read by Board Chairman Dave Vaden during Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Whorley cited work responsibilities as the reason for his resignation. He had been serving as vice chairman of the board.
        The school board has 45 days to appoint a member to fill the District 3 seat until a special election for the seat can be held in November.

  • Math Night highlights new partnership program

        Some 50 students from Moneta Elementary School found out Monday that math is more than a subject in school: It has real life uses!

        They did that by counting stacks of oranges, figuring out how much $20 could buy for a family meal and many other activities set up to encourage them to use math while exploring the Food Lion in Moneta
        The Math Night event was part of a school and business partnership pilot program being implemented this year through Bedford County Public Schools.

  • Senate, House seek compromise

        Virginia, the state where so much of America’s history was made, has made history once again.
        “This is the first time in the history of Virginia when the Senate has not passed a budget,” commented Delegate Lacey Putney, chairman of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.
        Putney has seen a lot of Virginia history. He has held a seat in the House of Delegates for 50 years.

  • School budget proposal seeks additional money from county

        Noting that today’s students will enter a workforce “more demanding and more competitive” than ever, Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch officially presented his proposed budget to School Board Thursday, which includes a request for up to $4.9 million in additional funding from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.