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  • Centerfest 2.0: It’s time for a do-over

        After the rains from Hurricane Matthew negatively affected turn out for the 2016 Centerfest in historic Centertown Bedford, the town of Bedford and Bedford Main Street are inviting vendors and visitors to return to town on November 12 for a do-over.
        Centerfest 2.0 will be located in the Farmer’s Market pavilion and corresponding parking lot from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with more than 50 vendors expected to be attending.

  • Bedford Urban Gardens ends first year

        The growing season is over and Bedford Urban Garden (BUG) has completed its first full year. Town Councilman Beckham Stanley noted that 18 months worth of work turned an overgrown street corner into a beautiful garden.

        The garden works with the local Virginia Cooperative Extension office. Scott Baker, the office’s director, said local Master Gardeners conducted workshops throughout the growing season. Baker is a BUG education advisor.

  • Homeowner grateful for help

        This is not the way you would want your day to start.

        “We were in bed sleeping very soundly,” Tom Faulkner, who lives at Big Easy Place, said. “We were awakened somewhere around 5:45 by Molly Lagrou.”
        That’s 5:45 a.m. and Faulkner and his wife, Donna, had never met Lagrou in their life.
        “Molly saw the fire from 122,” Faulkner said.

  • Gazebo becomes Eagle Scout project

        One of the requirements for Eagle Scout is a project that will benefit the community.

        The project is not supposed to be easy and the gazebo in Bedford’s Wharton  Garden met the bill. The gazebo had been built around the turn of the century and age and vandalism had taken a toll.
        Chris Garbarini, a Liberty High School (LHS) sophomore and member of Bedford-based Troop 183, took it on as his Eagle Scout project.

  • Bedford enters into agreement to bring business class hotel to town

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    The Town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority today announced it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the Town of Bedford.

     

  • Freedom Fund Banquet

        The Bedford Branch NAACP packed the Forest Recreation Center Saturday evening for its annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

        A number of people came at the last minute and they had to make adjustments to provide room for them. This was easily accomplished. The Boys With a Dream were there working the event and they quickly and efficiently managed the situation.
        The group of young men also honored Sheriff Mike Brown with an award for his interest in them.

  • 18 year old in custody following shooting, manhunt

    A shooting incident in the Thaxton area has ended with an 18-yearold in custody, without incident, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    No citizens or law enforcement officers were injured during this event. One report stated the suspect had suffered a minor injury.

    The manhunt led to some roads being closed and schools going on lockdown in the Wheatland Road area of the county.

    The Sheriff's Office will release more information later this afternoon.

  • BCSO takes on creepy clowns

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is taking on the “Creepy Clown” fad.
        According to a news release from the sheriff, there have been five reported incidents investigated by the BCSO with no credible sightings.

  • Farm Bureau event honors local agriculture

        Bedford County Farm Bureau held its annual dinner last week, looking at achievements over the past year.

        W. P. Johnson, the local Farm Bureau president, began the evening with a video on The Meadow Event Park. The Virginia Farm Bureau acquired this property, formerly a major race horse breeding farm, in 2013. The property was the site of this year’s Virginia State Fair.

  • Scam alert

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call this week from a citizen reporting that he  had received a call that he believed to be a possible scam.
        The citizen said the caller identified himself as a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy and advised that he would be arrested unless he sent them money. The citizen said that the number that showed on his caller ID read “Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.” He also said the caller was a man with a foreign accent.