Today's News

  • Six apply to fill vacant District 2 seat on Bedford County School Board

        Six District 2 residents hope to be appointed to fill the vacant Bedford County School Board seat left in that district when Dave Vaden resigned last month.
        The school board is scheduled to meet tonight, Wednesday, to interview the applicants, the second time this year they have had to go through this process. Earlier this year the board appointed Dr. John Hicks to fill the seat left vacant when Brad Whorley resigned from the board.

  • Lynch sentenced for possession of child porn

    Kevin Mark Lynch, 43, will spend two years of active jail time for possession of child pornography. Lynch was sentenced, Tuesday, in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Last month he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of possession of child pornography. He received a 10-year sentence, with eight years suspended.
        Lynch had worked professionally, counseling long-term substance abusers and Defense Attorney John Bradley presented character witnesses, one of whom testified to how Lynch’s work helped her turn her life around.

  • City budget remains tight

        “Extremely tight.”
        That’s how Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski describes this year’s budget for the city.
        So tight, in fact, that Council has squeezed out even the $14,000 set aside every year for the annual fireworks display in Bedford.

  • Gallery 2000 director hopes to support, encourage local artists

    By Tyler Flynn

    Intern Writer
        A new fines arts center is set to bring added culture and creativity to the Bedford area. 
        Gallery 2000, located at 318 W. Washington St., is an innovative arts hub that opened this month, allowing local artisans to display their craftsmanship. Run by director Diane Gallant, the gallery, a non-profit venture, is intended to be “an incubator for the Bedford art community.”

  • Bedford Ride gets best practices award

        Bedford Ride has received the Best Practices Award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging. The award was presented at a ceremony, Friday, at Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • Honoring Bill Ross

        Bedford’s Democrats opened their campaign headquarters on West Main Street last week.

        The opening was dedicated in memory of Bill Ross, who died on May 31 at the age of 89. Ross was a long-time party activist and Ann Duncan, speaking at the opening, credited him with revitalizing the local party after moving here in 1996.
        Bill Ross grew up in Roanoke and his wife, Julia, was from Big Island. After Bill retired from a career with IBM, the couple settled in Bedford.

  • BCSO drug bust yields 29 charges against 12

        After an eight month operation, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit has charged 12 people with a total of 29 drug charges, according to Sheriff Mike Brown. 
        These all represent middle and upper dealers distributing illegal drugs throughout Bedford County, Brown stated in a release on the charges.
        Those include:

  • Trident Seafoods to lease Brooks Food facility

        Some local workers got good news this week.
        Trident Seafoods Corporation, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., has entered into a transaction with Capital Recovery Group to lease the former Golden West Foods, Inc., Bedford, facility and equipment for a period of about one year.
        “We’re pleased that it’s going to restart production,” Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski said. “At least some of the employees (from Brooks Food Group) will retain their employment.”

  • The bylaws say do it

        A provision in the Bedford County Planning Commission’s bylaws that requires all commission members to complete the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner’s Program within one year of being appointed to the commission remains in force.
        But don’t look for all of the commissioners to comply.

  • Health Camp gives students chance to see career up close

        A group of 15 girls spent last week learning what medical professionals do at Bedford Memorial Hospital’s annual Health Camp. They even got the chance to operate.

        The camp is designed for youth from 11 through 17. They spend a week at the hospital and are issued photo ID tags identical to the ones that hospital employees wear. All of the youth are interested in careers in health care, although one participant has a different kind of patient in mind.