Today's News

  • Retirements limit layoffs

    The Bedford County School Board voted on a reduction in force plan after a lengthy closed door session Thursday night.

        According to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman, 62 positions have been eliminated, but teachers accepting the school division’s retirement incentive accounted for most of those. As a result, 19 employees were laid off. Of these, 10 are first-year teachers and three are second-year teachers. Five teachers were teaching in areas in which they were not fully certified.

  • City faces rising health care costs; looks for new provider

    Facing a 37 percent increase in health insurance costs, the city of Bedford is looking for a new provider.

  • Supervisors pass budget without raising taxes

    Bedford County was able to balance its budget by looking for savings wherever it could be found, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger Cheek. Not getting caught by surprise also helped.

        “We saw this coming,” Cheek said. “We started preparing for this two years ago.”

        The biggest single savings came from leaving vacant positions vacant. As a result, the county didn’t have to do it all at once and was able to reduce staff solely by attrition, without layoffs, by getting an early start.

  • Headed to Washington, D.C.

    Working hard, and working smart, along with persistence has paid off for a Bedford County teen.

        Amelia Wentzel, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, has been competing in spelling bees since she was in fourth grade. She’s only missed one year due to the family’s move to Bedford County. She’s always been the school winner, but this year was different.

  • Car show to raise money for cystic fibrosis research

    There can be a number of ways of grieving over the loss of a loved one.

        Donna Meador’s way of grieving is to organize a car show to raise money for research on the disease that killed her son, Corey W. Flowers. Flowers was 26 when he died this past January.

        According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Web site, the disease is caused by a defective gene. This defect causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus.

  • Reese takes the Brawl

    Skeet Reese might have left Smith Mountain Lake Sunday with the $100,000 tournament champion’s check in his pocket and the Blue Ridge Brawl trophy in his arms, but the real winners might just be the thousands who turned out for the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series event held at Parkway Marina in Huddleston last week.

        The event just keeps getting bigger, and by most accounts, better.


  • Two thumbs up

    Bedford County residents enjoyed a double-dose of good fortune last week. First the county supervisors passed a budget without raising taxes and then the world’s best bass fishermen put on a four-day show that thousands enjoyed and will continue to pay dividends to this region for months, and possibly years, to come.

  • Letters

    Disappointed program won’t continue

        Last summer I was privileged to attend Friday’s at the Museum hosted by the Bedford County Museum.

  • Thurman

    enealogical Library continues to honor Confederate History Month with another story about buildings that have a link to the War Between the States. Last week we wrote about Fancy Grove in the southern part of the county. This story is about another home that was near there.

  • Put a liberal on the Supreme Court

        With the impending resignation of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens from the U.S. Supreme Court, President Obama will get at least one more chance to select a justice.

        Obama took a relatively safe road with his choice last year of Sonia Sotomayor. As the first Hispanic on the court, she was a historic pick. But she was, and remains, a person with what is basically a middle of the road political philosophy.