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Today's News

  • Lack of state numbers hinders work on school budget

        The school budget will take center stage Thursday for the Bedford County School Board, but there may end up being more questions than answers as Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch makes his formal presentation to the board.

  • Budget legal notice for tax rates approved by supervisors

        Bedford County’s budget adoption process is still on schedule.
        Monday night, the supervisors voted to approve the legal notices for the budget and tax rates and a public hearing on April 9. The hearing will be held at the Bedford Science and Technology Center on Edmond Street in Bedford at 7 p.m.
        The advertised tax rates will be the same as the current rates. This means that, while the supervisors could still lower the rates, they will no longer be able to raise them above what they have advertised.

  • Reversion agreement goes to Commission on Local Government

        Six months after officially adopting a resolution to revert the city of Bedford to a town—and some four years after discussion about reversion began—the actual document for the process to be reviewed has been filed with the Virginia Commission on Local Government.
        The document was filed Tuesday and the Commission is expected to meet Monday to establish a timeline for review of the agreement, along with setting the times for presentations and public hearings on it. The Commission will also tour the area as part of its review.

  • EPA rules worry area farmers, municipalities

    EPA efforts to reduce the amount of sediment and phosphorus flowing into Chesapeake Bay could have a serious impact on farms and municipalities in the Chesapeake Bay area.

        The issue is the EPA’s  proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulations on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which includes portions of Bedford County. TMDL is the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can carry and still meet clean water standards.

  • Low turnout in primary costs taxpayers

        A Republican presidential primary that produced low voter turnout still cost local taxpayers.

        Only 4.99 percent of Bedford’s registered voters, and 6.72 percent of county registered voters, turned out to cast ballots in the primary in which Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were the only two candidates on the ballot. Both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum failed to make Virginia’s ballot.
        The primary cost the city $4,000, according to City Registrar Randi Herrick.

  • Sports commentary: Expansion

      "Well, they had to go and do it."

  • Ladies of the diamond

      Are you planning on heading to Radford for the State jamboree in June?

  • Spring's siren: Play Ball!

      As the old baseball saying goes, everybody's 0-0 on opening day.

  • Federal government over-reach is “taking the breath” away from small businesses and family farms

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    During one of our district tours last year, a concerned constituent told me that federal government regulations are “taking the breath” away from small businesses and family farms in the 5th District. And as I make visits with Central and Southside Virginians across our district, I am constantly reminded of those words as I see the devastating effects that unnecessary federal regulations are having on families, individuals, and small businesses.

     

  • Protecting your private property rights