Today's News

  • New ramp will allow easier access to municipal building

    By Laura Enderson
    Intern Writer

        Changes are being made to the city Municipal Building as city officials install an accessibility ramp, along with rails and an automatic door for easier access for the public.
        “It’s an improvement on access abilities,” said Charles Kolakowski, Bedford’s city manager. “It should be very helpful for people that have difficulty with stairs.”

  • CVCC has new workforce development director

    Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) got a new face in workforce development this year.

        Dr. Ruth Z. Hendrick came on board in February as vice president for workforce development and continuing education. Her job is to work with companies to provide the worker training that they need. In this role, she will work with both existing businesses as well as new businesses that come into the area. She also looks for grants to pay for this.

  • With primary approaching, Allen tours Bedford

        George Allen made a stop in Bedford, Friday, during a campaign tour. Allen is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Senate this fall. The nomination will be decided in a primary scheduled for June 12.

        Allen stopped by several Bridge Street businesses talking with owners before holding a small rally in a hallway in the County Administration Building. One stop was Frederic’s Flowers, where Allen asked owner Ricky Wilkerson what could be done to help small businesses.

  • Local artisans hope Trail will lead to Bedford

        Bedford continues to look for ways to promote its artisan community.

        Close to 50 people turned out for a presentation on establishing an Artisan Trail in the Bedford area.
        “Bedford is ready for this,” said Brigitte Peterson, who introduced the program. Peterson works for Bedford County.
        “I am the procurement department,” she said when asked what her job is. “Right now I am trying to procure an Artisan Trail.”

  • Huddleston Elementary School ranks among the top in schools working with recycling co.

    By Tyler Flynn

    Intern Writer

        The phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is truly being taken to heart by some environmentally conscious students in Bedford County.
        Huddleston Elementary School, which has partnered with the New Jersey-based company TerraCycle, has been recognized by the organization for the effectiveness of its recycling initiatives.

  • Woman sentenced in DUI maiming case

    Laura Enderson
    Intern Writer

        Last Tuesday, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike handed down a sentence on two counts of DUI maiming to 42-year-old Elizabeth Doris Coe.
        She received two years in prison with five years suspended for each of the two counts of DUI maiming, and 12 months in prison and a $1,000 fine for one count of DUI, totaling 11 years suspended after five years served.  

  • Fuel spill requires major cleanup

        A cleanup operation following a fuel tanker crash last week on U.S. 460 near Montvale, which claimed the life of the truck driver , may take some time.

        In the meantime, the crash has caused some county supervisors to call for the road’s hazardous curves to be corrected.

  • Students at BES find joys of exercise with pilot program

        Last Wednesday, some 75 Bedford Elementary students walked to school—up hill, both ways, in a foot of snow.

        OK, maybe it wasn’t both ways and it was way too warm for snow.
        But they still walked as much as a mile and a half, and a good part was up a hill or two.

  • Plattus responds

    Editor’s note: Dan Plattus, former Bedford Main Street Inc. director, issued this statement concerning the embezzlement charge that was dismissed last week by General District Court Judge Harold Black.

        What a long, strange road it’s been.

  • Judge's ruling clears former Bedford Main Street director

        The embezzlement charge filed against the former director of Bedford Main Street has been dismissed.

        Bedford County General District Court Judge Harold Black issued his ruling Friday, stating that the charge against 46-year-old Daniel A. Plattus was dismissed, denying the attempt to have the charge certified to the grand jury.