• Supervisors look at surplus

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a 5 p.m. work session Monday to reach a consensus on how a $135,000 surplus in the budget should be allocated.

        That’s the amount in excess of the draft budget county staff developed at the 50 cent per $100 in assessed value real estate tax the supervisors adopted last month.

  • A place to get fit!

        The newest addition to Liberty Lake Park’s offerings was dedicated last week.

         It’s a fitness court and it was built without requiring taxpayer funding. It’s part of the National Fitness Initiative and it’s the first of the Initiative’s fitness courts built in Virginia.
        D. W. Lawhorne, the town’s director of public works, and Town Councilman Bryan Schley learned of the fitness courts.

  • Bios on new BCPS administrative appointments

    The following administrative appointments have been approved by the Bedford County School Board. They will formally be recognized during Thursday night's regularly scheduled meeting.


    JeanMarie Johnston

  • School board makes major decisions

    The Bedford County School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during a special called meeting on May 1, 2019. Highlights of the budget include accelerating the district’s 1:1 device initiative so that all learners in Grades 6-12 will be issued a Chromebook next school year. Additionally, most Bedford County teachers and support staff will receive a 4% salary increase, and there will be no increases to employee health insurance premiums.

  • Parker to run for District 7 Board seat

        Former Bedford County Supervisor Tammy Parker said “District 7’s voice has become silent on some key issues.  I have been and will continue to be a voice to be heard on all issues.”
        Parker has filed as the Republican candidate for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors District 7 seat. Current District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis — who won the Republican primary in 2015 — announced April 2 that he is running as an independent candidate in November.

  • Democrat challenges Byron for 22nd House seat

        Democrats have nominated Jennifer Woofter to challenge Kathy Byron for the 22nd House of Delegates seat.

        Woofter lives in Lynchburg and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon and a master’s in political science from Virginia Tech. She also has a master’s in sustainability (environmental and social) from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. No, Woofter does not speak Swedish. This was an international program that was taught in English.

  • Council reaches compromise; adopts 31-cent tax rate

        After multiple failed votes, Bedford Town Council settled on a compromise tax rate of 31 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
        The tax rate had been 32 cents per $100 and an equalized rate would have been 30 cents. The town saw the assessed value of its real estate go up by an average of 7.65 percent.

  • Austin to seek re-election

        Delegate Terry Austin, 19th District will run for re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates.
        “I am excited to announce my candidacy for the 19th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. If elected, I will continue to focus on preserving  conservative  values and facilitating economic development in our district and throughout the region,” said Austin.

  • Board adopts 50-cent tax rate
  • Council approves contract for company to develop school properties

        Last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council approved a performance agreement with Waukesha Development to redevelop Bedford Middle School and Old Yellow.
        Under the agreement, Bedford Middle School will be converted to 50 market rate apartments and Old Yellow will become a boutique hotel. The middle school building was originally built as Bedford High School and first opened its doors in 1928. Old Yellow dates back to 1912 and served as a school until Bedford Elementary School was built in the 1980s.