http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 18 of 19 county schools fully accredited http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/18-19-county-schools-fully-accredited <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Mark Blankenship, supervisor of testing and planning, gave the school board an update on school accreditation Thursday night.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Blankenship said that all the county&rsquo;s schools were fully accredited 10 years ago. That changed when the state came out with new standards of learning (SOL). When that happened the county ended up with only seven out of 21 schools fully accredited.<br /> Man arrested in stabbing incident http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/man-arrested-stabbing-incident <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On Thursday, September 14,&nbsp; at about 8:13 a.m.., the Bedford Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the 400 block of West King Street in the town.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The first officers arrived to find Dewayne Eric Simmons, 34 of Bedford, and a 46-year-old female of Bedford, inside the residence.&nbsp; Dewayne Simmons ran on foot from the residence to wooded area across Crenshaw Street from the residence.&nbsp;<br /> Action planned to expand FMS http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/action-planned-expand-fms <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The school division is preparing to renovate Forest Middle School, correcting the building&rsquo;s inadequacies.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The school, built a quarter of a century ago was inadequate almost from the time it opened. Within a few years of its opening, students were taking classes in trailers.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Thursday night, Ben Motley, of RRMM architects, gave the school board an update on the design. He presented two options for the renovation, both of which will expand the school&rsquo;s capacity and correct design deficiencies.<br /> Welch receives 48 years for murders of Lyon sisters http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/welch-receives-48-years-murders-lyon-sisters <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lna_09132017_welch_plea_01.jpg" alt="Lloyd Lee Welch pleads guilty to two counts of felony first degree murder in the 1975 disappearances and murders of sisters Shelia and Katherine Lyon in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017 in Bedford, Va. Welch was sentenced to serve two 48 year terms concurrently. Photo by Lathan Goumas." title="Lloyd Lee Welch pleads guilty to two counts of felony first degree murder in the 1975 disappearances and murders of sisters Shelia and Katherine Lyon in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017 in Bedford, Va. Welch was sentenced to serve two 48 year terms concurrently. Photo by Lathan Goumas." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Three years ago to the day in which officers from the Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department&rsquo;s Cold Case Unit dropped by the Bedford County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office to lay on the desk of the department a 40-year-old abduction and murder case, at least one of the persons responsible for those murders pleaded guilty to those crimes.</p> LHS adopts school damaged in flood from hurricane http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/lhs-adopts-school-damaged-flood-hurricane <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/minutemen_4_col.jpg" alt="Jeanette Ogilvie and Kasey Overton, Key Club sponsors, hold up a sign with the theme LHS has been using for its adoption of the Texas school." title="Jeanette Ogilvie and Kasey Overton, Key Club sponsors, hold up a sign with the theme LHS has been using for its adoption of the Texas school." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Kathleen Dills couldn&rsquo;t be more proud of her school.</p> O’Connor is running as a Republican http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/o%E2%80%99connor-running-republican <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oconner.jpg" alt="Brian O’Connor" title="Brian O’Connor" align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brian O&rsquo;Connor is running as a Republican for the District 2 supervisor seat that Curry Martin is vacating when his term expires at the end of this month. Martin recruited him to run and feels that O&rsquo;Connor&rsquo;s approach to government is much like his.</p> Sylvester is running as a Democrat http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sylvester-running-democrat <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fred_sylvester_1_col.jpg" alt="Fred Sylvester" title="Fred Sylvester" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fred Sylvester, who is running for the District 2 supervisor seat, has a varied background.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;He started out as a West Virginia state trooper and moved to Virginia to work as a criminal investigator for the Commonwealth.</p> Tuck is running as an independent http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/tuck-running-independent <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tuck.jpg" alt="Edgar Tuck" title="Edgar Tuck" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Edgar Tuck, a lifelong county resident, is seeking the District 2 Supervisor&rsquo;s seat as an independent.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;He, his father, Billy Tuck, and his brothers own a farm that raises Angus cattle &mdash; they have 240 head of cattle on the farm, which&nbsp; is&nbsp; under a conservation easement.<br />