Today's News

  • Losses for the community

        I had a couple of days off at the end of last week, so coming back to work on Monday had more than the usual challenges, such as going through all e-mails that came in to my work e-mail. I also had to figure out if I brought myself to work with me when I left the house, but I finally figured out that I did. A new computer was also installed, so I spent some time making sure that everything was OK and that I could still connect to the file server.

  • The Bedford PD supports DRIVE SMART effort

    Buckle Up, Phone Down is the theme as the Bedford Police Department joins DRIVE SMART Virginia in supporting Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
        “We call on all drivers in Bedford to avoid any distraction when they’re driving,” Bedford Police Chief James Day warns. “With the number of people I see focused on a phone, and not on the road, distracted driving has really turned into a serious problem. I worry about traffic safety everyday and I wonder when people will begin to realize the true dangers of distracted driving?”

  • Former Teva employee guilty of grand larceny from the Forest company

        A human resources manager with Teva was found guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to a charge that she stole $172,000 from her employer.

  • It’s a wrap

        Delegate Lacey Putney appeared at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s legislative wrap-up breakfast for the last time. The annual event was held at Olde Liberty Station last week. Putney received accolades from his fellow state legislators.

        “There are great parallels between the great men of America and the great man of Bedford County,” said Senator Steve Newman.
        “He has protected you, he has protected me, he has protected liberty,” Newman said.

  • Honor Flight stop brings two Silver Star honorees together

        A visit to the National D-Day Memorial by Honor Flight of East Tennessee, resulted in a rare occurrence.

        The Silver Star is America’s third highest medal for valor under fire. One out of 133,000 men who fought in the Korean War was awarded that medal and the Honor Flight visit brought two of them together by chance. They had never met each other before.

  • It's a doggone good idea!

        Fran Burns, a Lake-area resident,  has made a contribution to the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department that could help some household pets breath easier in future emergencies.

  • Program helps area residents protect homes from wildfires

        A federal grant, administered by the Virginia Department of Forestry, brought a crew out to Karnes Road to help homeowners mitigate the risk that a wildfire would pose to their houses. A company called Titan Wildfire Resources, working with Bedford County Fire and Rescue, provided this service at no cost to the property owners.

        The idea of the work is to create a defensible space around the houses, according to Steve Spangler, a Titan representative.

  • Reeter settles in to job

        Mark Reeter, Bedford County’s new county administrator, feels that his arrival right in the middle of the budget process was perfect. Reeter’s first day was March 4 and the process of developing the county’s budget for the new fiscal year had already passed the mid-point.

  • School board begins cutting its budget

        During a work session Thursday, the Bedford County School Board began the chore of chopping $3.5 million from its proposed budget in order to match the expected local funding from the Board of Supervisors.
        The meeting was held at the School Board Office Conference Room located at 311 S. Bridge Street in Bedford. In action taken by the board  on  Thursday, all future school board meetings will be held there, instead of the Bedford Science and Technology Center, unless prior notice is given.

  • Supervisors adopt $89M budget; Pollard takes shot at teachers

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved an $89.17 million budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. This includes a local transfer of $38.04 million to Bedford County Schools, $3.5 million less than the school board had asked for.

        Although all supervisors voted in favor of the budget, some expressed concerns. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin wanted assurance that the budget did not endanger the 3 percent raises for school employees that the school board’s budget contained.