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Today's News

  • Letters

    Speaking out

    Thank you to the Bedford Bulletin Editor for speaking on behalf of residents and business owners, especially when Bedford City officials turn a deaf ear and require a proposed business owner to “build a sidewalk to nowhere.” The May 14 editorial is piercingly clear: City Planners, supported by (Assistant) City Manager Warner, are enforcing an ordinance in a way that is simply unfair and inconsistent, and needs to change.

  • Before too long, we may all be relying on pedal power

    udos to the Bedford Police Department for helping save the city $1,000 a month in fuel costs.

    Though that savings wasn’t the primary reason for starting its bike patrol a year ago, it’s definitely a welcome side effect. As fuel prices continue to go up, pedal power is at least saving city taxpayers some money.

  • Special veterans' benefits

    The veteran who currently receives VA service-connected disability compensation, or benefits under the Improved Pension Program may also be entitled benefits provided in two other programs.

  • Providing for our armed forces

    Daniel Webster once said, “God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.” These words appropriately describe our brave men and women in uniform who have put their lives on the line for our nation. They serve on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, keep the peace on volatile borders, patrol the skies of international hot spots, and their work is difficult, lonely, and often very dangerous.

  • Democrats reject bill to increase refinery capacity

    Memorial Day is a time that helps us to recall what it means to be an American. Patriotism and appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our veterans was displayed proudly at the Memorial Day events that I attended around the Fifth District. Especially moving was the ceremony at the D Day Memorial in Bedford.

    Last week, the large defense authorization measure, which included pay raises for our military, was considered. I was saddened that the Motion to Recommit, which provided fuel savings and greatly expanded G. I. Bill benefits, was rejected by the Democrats.

  • Planning commission approves B&B, private road request

    The county planning commission unanimously recommended a bed and breakfast inn proposal at the Smith Mountain Lake Airport.

  • Bunker Hill rezoning approved

    Bedford County's planning commission and board of supervisors approved rezoning at a joint meeting last week that clears the way for the old Bunker Hill Plant to once again be used for industrial purposes.

  • Earnest granted bond in murder case

    Having been incarcerated since his arrest Feb. 27 for killing his estranged wife, Wesley Brian Earnest, 38, of Moneta was granted bond during a hearing Friday afternoon in Bedford County Circuit Court.

    As of Tuesday morning, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office said it had not been notified Earnest had yet posted that bond. While bond is not commonly granted in a first-degree murder case, it wasn’t unexpected by prosecutors because the case is based on circumstantial evidence.

  • Bedford Museum gets permanent director

    The Bedford Museum now has a permanent director.

    Although Melanie Stevens comes to the area from Indiana, she has Bedford County roots. Her father, Glenn Stevens, a Church of the Brethren pastor, was born and raised here. He came home some years ago.

    This doesn't mean that Doug Cooper, who has been managing the museum, is going anywhere. He still spends two days a week there. Cooper said that he originally agreed to manage the museum for a year, until the museum board could hire a permanent director.

    "The year turned into two somehow or another," Cooper commented.

  • Car dealer to spend six months in jail for forgery

    Wholesale car dealer Gary Dean Burks, 43 of Bedford, will spend six months in jail after pleading guilty to 13 counts of forging checks while working for Terry Volkswagen.

    Burks' lawyer, Joseph Sanzone, had argued against jail time.

    Tony Terry, owner of the car dealership, testified during a sentencing hearing Friday that Burks had worked for him several times since the late 1980s, stating that he had no reason to not trust Burks.

    But then, he testified, he began to get calls that bills hadn't been paid.