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Today's News

  • Dooley and Willis unseat Pollard and Parker

        Back when Lacey Putney was first elected to the House of Delegates, the winner of the Democratic Primary was also the winner of the November election. Putney was first elected by unseating the incumbent delegate, Charles Green, in a Democratic Party primary in 1961.
        Now, at least in Bedford County, the winner of the Republican primary, is also the winner of the November election.

  • Supervisors OK fire truck

        The Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Volunteer Fire Department got unanimous approval from the board of supervisors to buy a new fire truck. The truck will be a 2015 Pierce pumper. According to Jack Jones, the county’s fire and rescue chief, the pumper purchase is part of the fire and rescue 20 year replacement cycle.

  • Bennett retires from BPD

        After more than 30 years of work in law enforcement, Capt. Jim Bennett of the Bedford Police Department is retiring.

        Most of those years were spent here in Bedford – he began his career with the Wintergreen Police Department in 1984 and joined the Bedford PD in 1987.
        “Hopefully I’ve made a difference in some people’s lives,” Bennett stated Thursday, during a retirement gathering for him in the council chambers at the Municipal Building.

  • J.D. Scott: He saw one last festival

        James Douglas Scott saw one more Strawberry Festival, and then he was gone. Better known as J. D. Scott, owner of Scott’s Strawberry Farm, he lost a long battle with cancer on May 31.
        Scott Baker, the county’s Virginia Tech extension agent, was one of the people who knew Scott well. Baker has been Bedford County’s extension agent since 1997.
        “He’s always been an individual who has utilized extension,” Baker said.

  • Vape shop opens on Lawyers Row

    Bedford has two vape shops in one town. Appalachian Vapors opened its doors on Lawyers Row in April.

        “Vaping allowed me to quit dipping and smoking,” commented Daniel Cyrlin, the shop’s owner.
        “I stopped dipping and smoking within two days,” he added. “I had no urge to dip or smoke.”

  • Delegates honor Rucker Tibbs

    Delegate Terry Austin came to Bedford County, Thursday, to visit Rucker Tibbs at the New London Airport. He had, in hand, a resolution from the House of Delegates honoring Tibbs for his contributions to aviation over half a century.

  • With the year over, reality begins to set in for 2 community schools

    Even as the Bedford County School Board was preparing to vacate Body Camp and Thaxton elementary schools this past week, supporters of those schools were still hoping for a change of heart.

        Several residents of the Thaxton community made pleas to the board to not close their school, during public comment time at Thursday’s meeting.
        But the pleas appear to be in vain.

  • Parker responds

        Tammy Parker, chairman of the Bedford County Board of supervisors, questioned the accuracy of the claims that Gary Hostutler, chairman of the school board, made in an article that appeared in the Bedford Bulletin last week.
        Parker, in an e-mail, accused Hostutler of playing politics and timing the article, less than two weeks before the June 9 Republican primary, to advance a political agenda.

  • Primary election is Tuesday

        The Republican primary for the party’s nominees for the District 5, 6 and 7 supervisors’ seats is next Tuesday. Six candidates are vying to become the party’s nominee for these three seats.

  • Supervisor, candidates do ride-along with deputies

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown invited members of the board of supervisors and supervisor candidates to ride with a deputy on the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift last Thursday to see what the deputies experience.