• Deficit, healthcare and regulations

    Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Bedford, last week, to address a business roundtable hosted by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. His main themes were the need to reduce the federal deficit and reduce regulation.

        “We’ve got to get our fiscal house in order in Washington,” said Hurt, concerning the deficit.

  • School board seeks more money from county

    The Bedford County School Board has told the county's supervisors that the school system is still $2.3 million short of balancing the school division's budget. This was last week, before the General Assembly passed a budget which contains more school funding than the governor originally called for. Figures are not yet available on how much more Bedford County's schools will get.

  • Windmill ordinance approved

        Building a windmill for electric power generation is now a use-by-right in all zones in Bedford County. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors and the county's planning commission unanimously approved the ordinance at a joint meeting Monday night. The joint meeting was held in order to speed the process.

  • Bedford City Council opts for US 460 improvement

        Bedford City Council has decided it wants the Virginia Department of Transportation to make improvements to US 460, at the intersection of Ole Turnpike Drive and Woodhaven Drive its top priority in the city.

        During its meeting Tuesday, Council adopted a resolution directing VDOT to give the 460 West project the highest priority over all other projects that may be funded by VDOT within the city limits. 

  • Supervisors begin work on budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors began work on the next fiscal year’s budget with a look at the county’s revenue picture during a 5 p.m. work session, Monday.

  • County may not increase school funding

    With Bedford County Public Schools looking at as much as a $5.8 million decrease in state and federal funding next year, school officials have been stating they plan to ask the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for additional funds to help make up the difference.

        “We’re going to need our county to step up with local funding,” Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, said during a school board meeting last month.

  • Supervisors express priorities

    People will be able to hear their supervisors better at work sessions.

  • DSS head retiring

    Leighton Langford, Bedford County’s director of social services is retiring, effective at the end of this month. Langford has held this post since 1976.

        Langford grew up on a tobacco farm in Forest and graduated from New London High School in 1963. His first experience with the county’s department of social services came in 1964 as a college student intern. Langford said that this was back in the day when the courthouse still had segregated restrooms.

  • Marie Tuck retires from Moneta Post Office

    By Peter Sawyer
    Intern writer

        Located at Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta has experienced significant growth over the years.  Many newcomers live in subdivisions built off of the old country roads.  Few people have been in a better position to notice these changes than Marie Tuck, who witnessed them over the past three decades as a mail carrier.
        Marie Tuck has delivered mail since 1980; she retired on Dec. 31.

  • NPS holds meeting on D-Day Memorial

    The National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in October, directed the National Park Service to do a study to determine whether the National D-Day Memorial qualifies for inclusion in the national park system.