Today's News

  • Town Council election is Tuesday

        Bedford will hold its first town council election in more than 40 years on Tuesday, May 7.
        This election will fill all seven seats in the newly elected governing body. Polls open, at the Bedford Central Library and the Welcome Center at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. according to City Registrar Randi Herrick.
        “This is a special election only for Council,” Herrick stressed.

  • Rec changes coming

        Bedford County is poised to take over the city of Bedford’s Recreation Department, but at least one council member isn’t ready to turn it completely over yet.
        During a budget work session held last Tuesday, Councilman C.G. Stanley suggested there be a transition period over several months or even a year, before the town totally gives up that service to the county.

  • Middle school hearing is May 7

        Next Tuesday, May 7, there will be a public hearing and work session held in the auditorium at Liberty High School to discuss the building site of a potential new middle school in the Liberty Zone. 
        The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. and the work session will begin after that hearing. A feasibility study conducted earlier this year on having the new middle school built alongside Liberty High School can be accessed at the school system’s Web site.

  • Comments demeaned teachers, school board chair states

        Disappointed by comments directed at teachers last week by a member of the Board of Supervisors, Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler said county constituents should be welcomed at county public meetings, not demeaned for stating their opinion.
        Last week, District 6 supervisor Annie Pollard stated “I don’t want to rob taxpayers, who can’t afford it, to pay a bunch of crybabies.”

  • Bedford says ‘goodbye’ to Ruth Crouch

        Bedford said “goodbye” to another of its best citizens this week. Ruth Crouch, the “Pie Lady,” died Monday morning. She was 75.

        Crouch, was born in Pulaski and came to Bedford when she was in third grade when her father, Oakey Foutz, returned to his home town. When she was in high school, she had an after-school job with Updike & Stevens, a grocery store. Later, she worked locally for for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company until it transferred the operations of its Bedford office to Roanoke.

  • Sports commentary: Where is everyone?


    Lots of empty seats.  That's what you'll see if you happen to tune your tube to a Major League Baseball game these days.

    It seems to me that there are an awful lot of tickets going unpurchased.  Or, if they are purchased, they're sitting on someone's coffee table, never to be redeemed.

    To test my theory, I grabbed the sports section from the Roanoke Times.  The box scores in that newspaper list the games' attendance, as well as the seating capacity at the hosting facility.

  • Curcio is a classic


    How much human interest can one track meet absorb?

    Well, in the case of last weekend's Joe Curcio Classic, the answer is:  plenty.

    For starters, the Liberty girls and boys each delivered top-ten finishes at the meet.  That was in keeping with the spirit of big deliveries for the team.  That's because Liberty Coach Sherry Wiese delivered a brand new bouncin' baby two days before.

  • Store owner gets suspended sentence

    A local pizza store owner, charged with failing to pay local restaurant taxes, has been found guilty on one count of misdemeanor failing to pay food and beverage taxes to the city of Bedford.

  • Neighbors protest bus facility.

    A proposal to build a tour bus maintenance facility in Montvale drew complaints from neighbors when it came before the planning commission last week.

  • 1 in, 1 out in race for GOP nod for 19th

    Hatcher joins the race for

        Botetourt County resident Zachary Hatcher, a small business owner and local pastor, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination of Virginia’s 19th House of Delegate District.
        The 19th District is currently represented by Delegate Lacey E. Putney, who recently announced he would not seek another term. Three other candidates have also announced that they are running for the GOP nomination:  Terry Austin, Jim McKelvey and Zach Martin.