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Government

  • Council to advertise for tax hike

        Bedford Town Council voted last week 4-3 to advertise a real estate tax rate of 32 cents per $100 of assessed value.
        That’s the same as the current tax rate but, if adopted, will result higher tax bills for town residents. That’s because the most recent real estate reassessment showed an average increase of 6.5  percent in real estate values in town.

  • Dills stepping down as principal at Liberty HS

     

                Liberty High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Dills is stepping down from her position at the school, effective immediately, according to an announcement on the school’s website.

  • Whitehurst files federal lawsuit against school board, school superintendent

     

                Having filed charges against Bedford County Public Schools with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that she was the victim of discrimination on account of her sex, Dr. Cherie Whitehurst has taken the issue to the next level, filing a federal lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.

  • Burnette gets some revenge

        Woody Burnette of Huddleston is the $2000 grand prize winner of the Bedford Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board’s 2019 Coyote Lottery.

        Burnette got revenge for his dog Sadie May being attacked and injured by coyotes last fall.

  • Hiss settling in to his new job with the county

        Robert Hiss, Bedford County’s new county administrator, reported for his first day on the job on Feb 25.

  • Bedford Police Department to carry magazines honoring 'Bedford Boy'

        When Lisa Dishman learned that the Bedford Police Department was looking for bids to replace its patrol rifle magazines, she had the ultimate offer: to donate the magazines without any charge from her business.

        The reason Dishman was willing to do this was because of her ties to the Bedford community. She grew up in Lynchburg and her family was from the area. And her mom was a cousin to Staff Sgt. Gordon Henry White Jr., one of the Bedford Boys who was killed during the Normandy invasion on D-Day.

  • Bedford Police Department to carry magazines honoring 'Bedford Boy."

        When Lisa Dishman learned that the Bedford Police Department was looking for bids to replace its patrol rifle magazines, she had the ultimate offer: to donate the magazines without any charge from her business.
        The reason Dishman was willing to do this was because of her ties to the Bedford community. She grew up in Lynchburg and her family was from the area. And her mom was a cousin to Staff Sgt. Gordon Henry White Jr., one of the Bedford Boys who was killed during the Normandy invasion on D-Day.

  • Town to seek grant

        When Bedford Town Council met last week, Town Manager Bart Warner announced his intention to apply for a redevelopment grant for Bedford Middle School.
        Warner said that, if the town’s application is successful, it could get as much as $600,000. Warner said there would be a local match required, but applying for the grant does not obligate the town to spend any money.

  • Supervisors approve new ICAC position

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved four measures Monday night.

        Monday night, the supervisors approved a new position for a local area network (LAN) administrator for the Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.
        “This is 100 percent ICAC funded,” said Captain Mike Harmony, who is in command of the task force. Harmony said that the money comes from the same grants that fund the task force.

  • Hayden to run as independent for sheriff

    Nearly 200 people turned out for Captain Tim Hayden’s announcement, last week, that he plans to run as an independent for sheriff.

        Because Hayden is running as an independent, whoever wins the Republican Primary in June will face him in the November general election.
        Hayden noted that his candidacy is historic. He’s the first black candidate ever to run for sheriff. If elected he would be Bedford County’s first black sheriff in its history, a history that goes back more than 260 years.