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Government

  • Town Hall fountain is back in business

        For decades, Bedford City Hall had a fountain. At one time, it was a frequent target of teenage pranks with Bedford’s teens dumping detergent in it. Many town residents can recall large quantities of suds rolling out of it and pouring down Main Street.

  • FLOODING AND Storm Update: DOWNED TREES IMPACTING TRAVEL THROUGHOUT SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA TODAY
  • School to School

        Town Council got a look at the latest draft of the School-to-School plan when Josephine Arbaugh, of Roanoke’s Hill Studio, made a detailed presentation last Tuesday.
        Arbaugh has been working with a citizen group to develop the plan and it gets its name because the north-south axis of the plan runs from Bedford Middle School and Old Yellow to the Bedford Science and Technology Center.

  • Land use issues

        Land use issues dominated the Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night.
        The first was a request  by Everett Road Investments to rezone 52 acres of a 92 acre tract on Everett Road, in Forest, from AR (agricultural residential) to R-1 (single family residential). According to Jordan Mitchell, the county planner who presented the request, the developer intends to build 50 single family houses on the land.

  • Land use issues

        Land use issues dominated the Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night.
        The first was a request  by Everett Road Investments to rezone 52 acres of a 92 acre tract on Everett Road, in Forest, from AR (agricultural residential) to R-1 (single family residential). According to Jordan Mitchell, the county planner who presented the request, the developer intends to build 50 single family houses on the land.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.