http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Local orchards hit hard by weather http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/local-orchards-hit-hard-weather <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/orchard_a_3_col.jpg" alt="Dead peach blossoms, with some buds that may have survived." title="Dead peach blossoms, with some buds that may have survived." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; February and March seem to have gotten flip-flopped this year with weather that would be more appropriate for mid-February paying the Bedford area an unwelcome visit last week.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;While this part of Virginia escaped the heavy snow that hit the Northeast, the same storm system brought this area nights with temperatures in the teens and high winds. Local orchards were hit hard because the springlike temperatures had fooled fruit trees into blooming nearly a month early.<br /> Johnson to run again in District 2 http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/johnson-run-again-district-2 <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jason_johnson_1_col.jpg" alt="Jason Johnson " title="Jason Johnson " align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; District 2 School Board member Jason Johnson has announced plans to seek re-election to the District 2 seat on the Bedford County School Board.<br /> <p> Lake Christian Ministries exceeds expectations during Roanoke Valley Gives campaign http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/lake-christian-ministries-exceeds-expectations-during-roanoke-valley-gives-campaign <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rvg_a_3_col.jpg" alt="LCM volunteer and social media liaison Edna Jamieson constantly updates LCM social media sites and encourages folks to stop by Wainwright Co. and Relators during the RVG event." title="LCM volunteer and social media liaison Edna Jamieson constantly updates LCM social media sites and encourages folks to stop by Wainwright Co. and Relators during the RVG event." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Emily Scruggs<br /> Intern Writer<br /> news@bedfordbulletin.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;This is just an incredibly generous, gracious community,&rdquo; said Lake Christian Ministries (LCM) member Jerry Hale about the Lake community.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Hale along with several other members of the LCM provided refreshments, entertainment and assistance for donors during the Roanoke Valley Gives (RVG)&nbsp; campaign day at Wainwright and Co. Relators in Moneta.<br /> County: No tax increase http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/county-no-tax-increase <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In a brief Monday night meeting, preceded by a work session, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to advertise tax rates for the coming fiscal year.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The advertised tax rates will remain the same as the current year&rsquo;s rates. Once tax rates have been advertised, state law prohibits the supervisors from raising them above the advertised rate. They can, however, lower them.<br /> Bedford man charged with shooting woman twice http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/bedford-man-charged-shooting-woman-twice <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On March 19, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office responded to a shots fired call at an address on Hale Street in Goodview.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;When deputies arrived they heard screaming coming from the residence and located a female victim who had been shot.&nbsp; Upon investigation, it was determined that the suspect, Ronald Lumsden, 63, had come to the residence and allegedly shot the female twice during a struggle, according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office.<br /> Lynchburg man pleads guilty to soliciting a minor http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/lynchburg-man-pleads-guilty-soliciting-minor <p> By Emily Scruggs<br /> Intern Writer<br /> news@bedfordbulletin.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Michael Scott Capley, 49, of Lynchburg, pleaded guilty to two felony charges of soliciting a minor in Bedford County&rsquo;s Circuit Court on Tuesday, March 14.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;According to Assistant Com-monwealth&rsquo;s Attorney Stacey Gardner, Capley responded to an ad placed on Craigslist on May 17, 2016. The ad, created by an undercover investigator, insinuated that a 14-year-old girl was seeking friendship in the Lynchburg area.&nbsp;<br /> Students observe lawmaking firsthand http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/students-observe-lawmaking-firsthand <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/page_b_3_col.jpg" alt="Abbey Rice (Forest), Max Willette (Norfolk), Stephen Wiecek (Mechanicsville) and Libby Slaughter (Charlottesville) show the way." title="Abbey Rice (Forest), Max Willette (Norfolk), Stephen Wiecek (Mechanicsville) and Libby Slaughter (Charlottesville) show the way." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> By Mary Lee Clark<br /> Capital News Service<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;RICHMOND &ndash; For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready &ndash; the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.<br /> School board gets some good news http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/school-board-gets-some-good-news <p> Randy Hagler, Bedford County Schools&rsquo; chief financial officer, had some good news for the Bedford County School Board Thursday night.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The good news is that the budget that came out of the General Assembly contained more money for K-12 education than the senate version of the budget. Hagler had based the school division budget on the Senate version because it was the worst case scenario.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;We usually budget the worst case scenario,&rdquo; Hagler said.<br />