Local News

  • Group seeks to promote Amtrak station in Bedford

        Community Leaders from the town of Bedford and from Bedford and Franklin counties are hoping their initiative will convince Amtrak to place a stop in Bedford.

  • Running to help

        Noah Coughlan passed through Bedford, Thursday, on his quest to run across the United States.

        “I am on day 26,” he said.
        He’s also on his second pair of shoes.
        And, he’s on his third run across the United States — his first was in2011.

  • Honey Bee helps owner to safety

        Eight years ago, Elsie Hatcher’s son, Mark, and his family gave her a Golden Retriever puppy as a Christmas gift.

        “It was such a surprise,” Hatcher said.
        The puppy — Hatcher named her Honey Bee — was the last of her litter and Hatcher said her daughter-in-law chose that particular puppy because the way she sat made her look regal. Hatcher said Honey Bee is very good with her grandson and gets excited when he comes over. The boy plays with her.    

  • Candidates take questions at ‘Bedford First’ forum

        A group of candidates for local office, grouped together on what they call the “Bedford First” ticket, held a candidate forum last week at the Bedford Central Library. The candidates took questions from people who attended the forum.

  • Training parents, educators

        Late last year Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown read an article about a teenager who killed herself after being bullied online.
        That led to a partnership announced this week to help parents and educators learn how to stop this problem.
        On Monday Sheriff Brown joined the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation (SSF) to announce the release of cyberbullying training.
        Brown said cyberbullying goes across both genders.

  • Protecting the community

        They put their lives on the line; they saved lives.

        On Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office passed out honors recognizing deputies for their work over the past year. Five of them were for distinguished service and four deputies in this group had to use deadly force last year. The distinguished service awards recognized actions done to protect the safety of the innocent.

  • Bower Center begins fundraising challenge

        The Bower Center is embarking on a fundraising project in which 48 people will raise $48,000 in 48 days.

        According to Marjory Milligan, who is organizing the project, the money is going to be used to replace windows. The windows in question, while not historic, are old enough that they are creating both an expense for the Bower Center and a discomfort issue for people attending the Center’s programs.
        “They leak air,” Milligan said.

  • YMCAs add to their facilities

        Two expansions at the Bedford Area Family YMCA will enhance the Y’s services to the community.

        “We increased all of our cardio equipment,” said Mary-Evelyn Sellars, branch manager of the Y’s Moneta branch.

  • More than snowmen

        You probably noticed the orange orangutan leaning on a lamp post next to Town Kitchen Provisions. The sculpture, made entirely of snow, is the work of Bobby Fuller, owner of Bartertown Art. His art studio is in transition, at present, and is slated to reopen near the Millstone Tea Room this summer.

        Fuller’s normal art medium is stuff people throw away.
        “Everything I make is out of 100 percent recycled,” Fuller said.

  • Springer Spaniel from Bedford County takes honors at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds, a Springer Spaniel who grew up in Bedford County, won top honors in the Sporting Group category at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her registered name — she normally goes by Liz — reflects her rather complicated background.

        The Wynmoor part of her registered name comes from Wynmoor English Springers, the Bedford County Kennel where she grew up.
        “My parents are the ones who started off with it,” said Dr. Erin Kerfoot.