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Government

  • New race route causes concern

        Closing streets for events is usually a cut and dried procedure when the closure request comes before Bedford Town Council. Last week was different.
        The request by the Bedford Area YMCA to close streets for its annual Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic Foot Race caused concern. The race, which has taken place for 40 years, is slated for Dec. 7 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with the Christmas Parade to follow.

  • New boat will improve swift water rescue capabilities

    It was time to replace the swift water rescue boat the Bedford County Fire and Rescue Department’s special operations uses for swift water rescue in the northern end of the county.

  • BCSO investigating threat at SRHS

     

             On Tuesday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was working with school officials at Staunton River High School (SRHS) on a possible threat at the school.

  • Board OK’s new rates for nursing home

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved new nursing home rates Monday night. The action followed a public hearing at which nobody spoke.
        According to County Administrator Robert Hiss, the increased rates allow the nursing home to fully receive increased Medicaid reimbursement rates.

  • Town seeks designs for ‘Loop Projct’

        The town of Bedford with funding from AARP is seeking design proposals for bike racks and benches to be installed in downtown (Centertown) Bedford and along the locally-famous walking “Loop.”
        New branding signs will be developed by the public as well for what will be three Loops. This project is intended to spark further bike rack and bench design and placement beyond those areas included in this round of work.

  • Cop Camp draws more than 150 youth

        Bedford’s annual Cop Camp wrapped up Friday with more than 150 youth attending.

  • County names new head of nursing home

        Effective August 2, Paul Poff becomes the nursing home administrator in Bedford County.
        Poff brings several years of administrator experience from facilities around the region such as Autumn Care of Altavista, Curis/Accordius Health Roanoke, and Heritage Hall in Blacksburg. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership     from Bluefield College. He began his medical career as a licensed physical therapist and those experiences have served him well as his career progressed.

  • Sales tax holiday is this weekend

        The upcoming 2019 Virginia Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, August 2, 2019, at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.
        The annual three-day sales tax holiday aims to help families save money on back-to-school purchases and encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.

  • 3 prosecutors join Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office

        The Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office has three new prosecutors as part of its team.

        Scott Albrecht, Christopher Dolen and Lawrence Steele have all joined the office within the past two months. Two of them bring experience from the defense side of the judicial system to their role as prosecutors.

  • Stickney takes on new role

        Stacey Stickney is excited about her new job.

        She has worked for the Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office for eight years and is now deputy commonwealth’s attorney. She replaces Stephanie Ayers who is now a judge. Judge Ayers serves on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and works two days in Bedford and two days in Lynchburg every week.
        “It’s nice to have the opportunity to grow and take on a new challenge.” Stickney said.