• Broadband takes another step

        Last mile broadband coverage for Bedford County took another step forward after the county’s broadband authority held a public hearing on a proposed public/private partnership with Blue Ridge Tower, Inc. (BRT) to build towers and provide broadband Internet service to parts of the county that currently do not have it.
        The partnership is under the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA). The broadband authority consists of the members of the county board of supervisors.

  • Northam chooses Bedford for announcement

        Governor Ralph Northam chose the Bedford Welcome Center as the venue to announce his proposed budget initiative to bring broadband Internet service to rural areas in Virginia. The governor stopped by Bedford Friday.

        Why Bedford?

  • Broadband coverage moves forward

        The effort to provide broadband Internet coverage is expected to take a major step forward Monday night at 6:30 p.m.
        Bedford County’s broadband authority will meet to hold a public hearing on entering into a public-private partnership with Blue Ridge Tower, Inc. (BRT) to build towers and provide broadband Internet service to parts of the county that currently do not have it.

  • ICAC has new child advocacy center

        The Southwestern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) office in Forest now has an integral children’s advocacy center (CAC).

        The local ICAC office is run by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Mike Brown said it’s the first ICAC in Virginia to have its own integral CAC. There are currently 62 ICAC units operating in the U. S. and Bedford County’s is only the third in the country to have such a center.

  • A first for BPD

        Urshulla Meade, the Bedford Police Department’s newest officer, is a first for the department.

        She’s the department’s first black female officer. Meade didn’t know this when she was first hired in June. For her, being hired as a police officer gives her a chance to help people.     Shemia Ferguson, the Bedford Police Department’s administrative assistant, clued her in on this fact a few weeks after she started.

  • Meeting goes to the dogs

        Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting went to the dogs. Requests for laws banning dogs running at large in two subdivisions dominated the supervisors’ action.
        One request was for a ban running at large in Thomas Jefferson Crossings, Wellington Court at Thomas Jefferson Crossing and Spring Creek.
        Several people spoke at the public hearing on this request. Speakers included both supporters and opponents.

  • County, school board look at CIP

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors and the County School Board met jointly to look at a draft five-year capital improvement plan (CIP). The county and the school division have one joint CIP instead of separate plans.

  • Public sounds off on what to do with schools

        A public hearing held last week on a plan submitted last year, by David McCormack, to redevelop Bedford Middle School and Old Yellow was the subject of a well attended Bedford Town Council meeting.
        McCormack proposes turning Old Yellow into a boutique hotel. His proposal for Bedford Middle School includes market rate apartments.

  • County rebrands its outreach focus

        Bedford County’s department of tourism is in the final stages of a rebranding effort. According to Nicole Johnson, the county’s new brand is “Destination Bedford.”

  • Public hearing to be held on former school use proposal

        Town Council authorized, last week after closed door meetings,  a public hearing on a proposal made by David McCormack to repurpose the empty school buildings of Bedford Middle School and Old Yellow. The hearing will be held in Council chambers on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
        According to Town Manager Bart Warner, Council felt they needed to gauge public feeling on the project. At present, there is no tentative agreement between McCormack and the town.
        “Neither party has agreed to anything,” Warner said.