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Local News

  • Search crews locate missing boy

        At 12:53 p.m. Thursday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a report of a missing 6-year-

    old boy from his home on Dowdy Rock Road.
        The caller said Samuel Welch had been missing since around 10 a.m. and was last seen with his black and white border collie named Muffin. The boy was wearing long pants and a blue hoodie.

  • Pedestrian struck on W. Main Street

        An accident in which an 81-year-old Bedford man was struck while walking on West Main Street has left him hospitalized for three weeks and the police still investigating what happened.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Jerry Jackson, 32, of Lynchburg struck Jackie Overstreet around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 in the 300 block of West Main Street.

  • Those Holiday Lights

    By Patricia C Held

    Contributing Writer

        Glitz, glamour and sparkle are all part of holiday season decorations. And while some of us prefer moderation in their home décor, the child in most of us relishes in the wonder of some of our local lighting displays that overpower us with dazzle.
        And while Bedford claims the distinction of being called the Christmas Capital of Virginia, other locales add to our lighting extravaganza with their own elaborate holiday displays.

  • Tree lighting, parade usher in Christmas season

        Christmas kicks off in Centertown Bedford this week with a tree lighting event in Centertown Park on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. There will be music and performances by LeeAnne Ashley Studio of Dance.

  • Festival of Trees

        The Welcome Center’s Festival of Trees has really grown after a humble beginning a decade ago.

  • Garden Tour of Homes

        The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs will hold its 2017 Christmas Home Tour on Sunday, December 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The theme for this year’s tour was inspired by a sign in a local barber shop around 1950 – “The Worlds Best Little Town.”  “WBLT” became the call letters for the local radio station.

  • That’s one GIANT sweet potato

        Glenn and Laura Baublitz have been farming on Green Tower Farm, a short distance down U. S. 221 from Forest Middle School, for 10 years.

  • There’s a new church at Apple Valley

        For six years, the church  on Wheats Valley Road had set empty on most Sunday mornings.

        That was until just a few weeks ago.
        Now the Apple Valley Community Center is once again a weekly place of worship for that community. And many are giving thanks for that.

  • Helping rebuild

        On  Oct. 2 Glenwood Oil & Gas Inc., working under Foster Fuels, sent two local men from Glenwood Oil & Gas to help support the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the massive destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

  • Community loses a good friend

        What wasn’t Edna Hayden involved with?

        It seems like you hardly went a civic event in Bedford where you didn’t see Hayden’s smiling face and busy hands. When she died on Sept. 9 at the age of 83, many organizations lost a great friend.