Today's News

  • To equalize or not equalize, that is the question

    Susan Crawford, the Bedford County’s director of fiscal management, had good news for the supervisors Monday night: County revenue is up.
        Counting revenue from all taxes, revenue is up by $4.3 million. This includes a $3 million increase in property tax revenue. This, however, is what it will be if the supervisors keep the current 52 cents per $100 in assessed value.

  • LU withdraws rezoning request

    A public hearing before the Bedford County Planning Commission, scheduled for Tuesday night, on a rezoning and special use permit by Liberty University didn’t happen.
        The university withdrew the request Monday. It was not known, by press time when the university plans to refile the request.

  • 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.

  • Bedford couple faces multiple charges of neglect of animals

        While serving an eviction notice, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office found conditions at the rented home that led to multiple charges involving failing to take care of animals in that home.
        On Wednesday, February 13, Bedford County deputies executed the eviction notice in the 1800 block of Preston Mill Rd, Huddleston, the rented home of Donovan and Brooke Blair. Both of the Blairs are facing charges in connection with the case.

  • 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.

  • No decision on flag issue

        The Bedford County School Board took a cautious approach, Thursday night, in the wake of a controversy over a student display of Confederate battle flags at Jefferson Forest High School last month.
        Several people spoke on the issue during the meeting’s public comment period.

  • Hale had nursing license suspended

        The woman who filed a $10 million lawsuit against Centra and its former CEO E. W. Tibbs, was fired from a nursing job at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in January 2018 and later had  her  nursing license suspended by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
        Stephanie A. Hale, and LPN, was licensed to practice nursing in Virginia in 2009, but while working at Carilion last January showed up for work appearing to be “impaired,” according to the allegations that were brought against her.

  • Downey won’t seek another term

        District 1 school board member Richard Downey will call it quits after his current term expires at the end of December. Downey, was first elected in 2011, announced that he won’t run for reelection this fall.

  • Whitehurst files lawsuit

        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.

  • Woman files lawsuit against Centra, Tibbs

        A Lynchburg woman and former Centra employee has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Centra Health Inc. and its former Chief Executive Officer E.W. Tibbs, alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Tibbs.

        Stephanie Ann Hale filed the 11-page lawsuit in Lynchburg Circuit Court Monday. Centra has started an internal investigation into the allegations and sent a letter out to its employees last Tuesday concerning that review.