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Local News

  • Bear sightings up in the area

        There have been more than a few bear sightings in and around the town of Bedford in the past few months.

        Just ask Kathy and Clifford Wilson.
        Back in September while watching a movie, they were surprised to look out their window on Quiet Zone Lane and see a bear going through their yard.
        “We see a lot of deer, a lot of rabbits, a lot of squirrels, but not bears,” Kathy stated. “You just don’t expect to see a bear.”

  • Photo of horse goes viral

        A photograph of a horse in Bedford near Otter River Elementary School, tied to a telephone pole, has gone viral on the Internet, bringing responses from all over the country.

        The Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the Dispatch Center fielded hundreds of calls last week about the photo posted on Facebook and many people from throughout the country also contacted media outlets about it.
        But  the  calls  appear to be for nought, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown.

  • Festival of Trees is the biggest yet

        This year’s Festival of Trees has brightened the Bedford Welcome Center with 26 decorated Christmas trees.

        “This is the most we’ve had out of all the five years we’ve been doing this,” said Sue Trussell, whose duties include managing the Welcome Center’s events calendar.

  • Local woman leads ministry to help Rwandan people

        Nancy Strachan likes handing out hugs, and getting them.

        Through her ministry Rwandan HUGS, she does plenty of both.
        HUGS is an acronym for Help Us Get Started. The ministry's mission is to “embrace, encourage and empower the people of Rwanda, and share their stories,” as they continue to recover from the 1994 genocide in which extremist Hutus killed more than 1.1 million people in 100 days.

  • Full Military Honors

    By Army Pfc. (by Colonel’s order) Andrew Guthrie (Ret.)
    AFN Headquarters Newsroom 1960-’61
    Frankfurt am Main Hoechst
     

  • Cranston buried at Arlington National Cemetery

    By Army Pfc. (by Colonel’s order) Andrew Guthrie (Ret.)
    AFN Headquarters Newsroom 1960-’61
    Frankfurt am Main Hoechst

  • Stocking up at the Christmas Station

        The Bedford Community Christmas Station has a new home—and this time it's permanent.

        Earl Childers, a well-known Bedford businessman, has donated a building to the organization to honor the memory of his late wife, Ethel Young Childers, who was very supportive of the Christmas Station. 

  • Bust will honor Bob Slaughter

        The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is launching a fundraising drive to install a bust of Bob Slaughter at the National D-Day Memorial. The bust, with an accompanying plaque, is slated to be dedicated on Memorial Day.

        The Memorial is there, to a great extent, due to Slaughter’s efforts.

  • Chaplains honor veterans

        Bedford Memorial Hospital’s volunteer chaplains chose Veteran’s Day to hear from the Rev. Mark Flores, Carilion’s Hospice chaplain. The Rev. Flores is also Major Flores. He’s a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve.

  • Shepherd’s Table needs a new roof

        The Shepherd’s Table began back in 1989 when Campbell Morris wanted to put on a Thanksgiving dinner for needy people in the Bedford Area. He shared his idea with Pearl Broesamle and the two of them organized volunteers to do it.

        They served the Thanksgiving dinner in the fellowship all of Bedford Presbyterian Church that year, and again in 1990. They served 65 dinners each year.