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Today's News

  • School board shifts funds, principals

    Although $1 million was stripped out of the school division’s maintenance fund in this year’s approved budget, the school board was able to replace $300,000 of  that by transferring money from the transportation fund, in action the school board took Thursday. The money became available due to savings on fuel costs.
        Some costs will go up next year. The school board raised tuition for non-resident students by $170 per year.

  • Downey to seek 2nd term

        District 1 school board member Richard Downey has decided to seek reelection to the school board. Downey was first elected in 2011.

  • BCSO makes arrest in thefts of signs

        A county man has been charged with two counts of petit larceny for stealing campaign signs from private property.
        According to Sheriff Mike Brown, his office received several calls about campaign signs being stolen. They also got a call reporting a possible suspect and this led deputies to Samuel Edmund Coffey, 72, of Langford Mill Road. Brown said Coffey admitted to the theft of campaign signs and has been charged with two counts of petit larceny.

  • Bridges Out of Poverty focus of BCHF meeting

        Truthfully, annual meetings and annual reports are of tremendous interest to the organizations that produce them. 
        For the world at large, the interest can be minimal.  But the May 18 annual meeting of the Bedford Community Health Foundation   is  focused  on the Bedford area and its residents.

  • Camp Jaycee celebrates Founder’s Day

        Camp Virginia Jaycee would not exist if it hadn’t been for the creative determination of Dr. William Robertson.

        Back in the ‘60s Dr. Robertson had the vision for a camp for high needs children and adults. He also came up with a way to raise the money for the project and the determination to see it through. Camp Virginia Jaycee has been serving this population since 1969, and Dr. Robertson is still personally involved in the fundraising. He was at the camp, late last month, for the camp’s Founders Day Dinner.

  • BSTC to hold Benefit Car Show

        Last year, Bedford Science and Technology Center’s (BSTC) automotive technology program held a benefit car show for one of its own.

        Luke Arrington, a senior, was diagnosed with cancer last year.  The benefit car show, which was pulled together on short notice, drew 76 entries. It was such a success that Mark Mathia, the program’s instructor, decided to make it an annual event, benefiting a different local charity each year.

  • Community garden begins to grow next to Bedford Lofts

        With two plots of land next to his recently opened Bedford Lofts near Centertown Bedford, owner Dave McCormack wasn’t really looking for grass to mow.

        So he offered that land to be used as a community garden.
        A group of area residents took up the challenge and have created Bedford Urban Gardens—BUG, for short.
        And work has already begun to get ready.

  • Jefferson Forest rings Liberty's bell

        Liberty High School was the place to be Friday night.
        The school was the site of a three-pronged invasion from Jefferson Forest, including girls soccer (see story below), baseball and softball.
        It was a good night, if you happen to be a fan of the red and black.  We at the Bedford Bulletin, of course, were pulling for tie scores, given they were all county teams.  Or, we’d take a split:  two wins apiece.
        What we saw was an old fashioned skunking.

  • Teacher of the year finalists named

        With each school in Bedford County Public Schools having selected its own Teacher of the Year, that list has now been trimmed down to three finalists for the school system’s overall winner.

        The BCPS 2016 Teacher of the Year will be announced during a dinner at Boonsboro Country Club next Tuesday, May 12, 6:15 p.m.

  • Council raises tax rate 2 cents

        On a 6-1 vote last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council passed a 2 cent tax increase to the real estate tax rate, raising the rate to 32 cents per $100 of valuation.
        The increase means town of Bedford residents will pay a rate of 84 cents for the upcoming fiscal year, with the addition of the county’s tax rate of 52 cents per $100 of valuation added to the town’s rate.
        Still, Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski noted that town residents are paying less than they did when Bedford was still a city.