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Government

  • The smile said it all

        The sheriff’s office last week honored several deputies and a citizen, for their efforts in saving lives.

  • Centra BMH sponsors new Fitness Court at Liberty Lake Park

        The town of Bedford will be the first site in Virginia for a “Fitness Court,” receiving a grant from California-based National Fitness Campaign, creator of the rotational station outdoor gym.

         The Court will be located at Liberty Lake Park and will be free to the public through the grant.
        The town is partnering with Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital as a sponsor.

  • Four vie for 3 seats on Council

        Voters in Bedford will be able to choose from a field of four candidates who will fill the three seats on Town Council up for election on Nov. 6. Bedford’s town councilmen serve on an at-large  basis,  so   voters  will cast votes for three candidates. The top three vote getters will serve on Town Council.
        The candidates include Bob Wandrei, Darren Shoen, Bruce Hartwick and Steve Rush.

    Bob Wandrei

  • Forest MS project cost goes up

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors got an unwelcome surprise, Monday evening, when it learned that the Forest Middle School (FMS) expansion and renovation will cost 30 percent more than the board originally thought.
        Last November, the supervisors had approved a $22.5 million FMS project as a high priority item in the county’s capital improvement plan. The estimate they got Monday night is about $30 million.

  • Weather forces cancellation of SML Walk to End Poverty

    To all SML Walk to End Poverty participants & supporters,

    The Lake Christian Ministries’ 2018 SML Walk to End Poverty, scheduled for Saturday, September 15, has been cancelled. We have been notified that the State of VA has issued a closure for the SML State Park this weekend due to the anticipated severe storm, and with the forecast for flooding rains and possible strong winds, we do not want to risk the safety of our walkers and volunteers by attempting to hold the walk at an alternate location.

  • Women rescued after being trapped against Snowden plant’s dam

        What could have been a tragedy had a happy ending thanks to the skills of first responders from Bedford County and Amherst County.

        Late last month two women were floating on the James River in a small inflatable raft when their raft became trapped against the flood gates on the Snowden hydroelectric plant’s dam.

  • Residents upset by water runoff

        Seven residents of the Governors Hill subdivision spoke before Bedford Town Council, last week, to air a grievance over storm water runoff from adjacent construction.
        Stewart Saunders said he moved into his new house last year and said he is getting serious runoff from the construction site. He said at one point gravel from the construction site washed into his yard. Saunders said the contractor has been unresponsive.

  • Bedford PD teams with Angels of Assisi for event

        The Bedford Police Department sponsored an Angels of Assisi clinic at the Westgate shopping center recently.

        The clinic provided low cost vaccines for dogs and cats. A rabies vaccination cost $5. Vaccinations for distemper and parvo in dogs and distemper in cats were available. By noon, nearly 80 animals, almost all of them dogs, took advantage of the clinic, which also included  a weigh-in and a brief veterinarian check. Micro chipping was available.

  • FMS request delayed

        Bedford County’s supervisors had a lot on their plate at their meeting Monday night, although one item that might have dominated discussion was removed at the beginning of a 5 p.m. work session that preceded the regular meeting.

  • Development concept for downtown gets closer look from the public

        The development of a revitalization concept plan for Bedford’s downtown is moving forward.
         A public meeting held May 30, with about 100 people in attendance,  generated suggestions that Hill Studio, of Roanoke, used to develop a draft concept plan. The draft plan was displayed at eight different locations in town over the first two weeks of July and public comment was solicited.