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Local News

  • Holy Land USA on auction block after closing to the public

    Holy Land USA goes on the auction block next week.

        Holy Land USA consists of 250 acres on Dickerson Mill Road, a five minute drive from Bedford. It’s set up as a three-mile journey trail that illustrates the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Many points on the trail illustrate Jesus’ parables. According to Richard Dooley, in a 2008 interview, teams dramatized events on some days at these sites. Dooley was Holy Land’s operations manager at the time.

  • As times change, Burks Hill Road corridor development being revisited

    Back in 2002, commercial development seemed inevitable along the Burks Hill Road corridor. The economy was strong, the area’s population was growing and the National D-Day Memorial had established itself as a destination spot for both local and out-of-area tourists.

  • Radio show hosts entertain at Women of Influence event

    Mary Foley and Susie Galvez aren’t afraid to tell women how to enjoy life. And they certainly seem to be doing that themselves.

        Radio hosts of the “Girlfriend We Gotta Talk” show broadcast each Sunday at 3 p.m. on WLEE 990 AM  in Richmond, the two gave those women attending the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Women of Influence luncheon Thursday tips on how to increase their sanity, confidence and fun.

        And they had fun doing it, sharing their health, beauty, relationship and self-esteem tips.

  • Conni St. John wins Athena Award

    Since coming to Bedford in 1999, Conni St. John has assisted hundreds of victims of domestic violence and their children as well as assisting her staff to reach their potential not only as advocates but strong leaders in the community.

        On Thursday she was recognized for those efforts, being named the Athena Award winner for 2009 during the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence luncheon held at West Manor in Forest.

  • Greens hung at annual luncheon

    The 30th annual Hanging of the Greens luncheon took place last Thursday at the Bedford Historic Meeting House.

        Sponsored by the Bedford Historical Society, the luncheon allowed local history buffs the chance to catch up while enjoying a sumptuous meal.  Chicken salad, ham biscuits, aspic, fruit salad and a wide range of pastries lined the history buffs’ buffet.

  • Supporting the troops

        The James River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is putting the word “support our troops” into action.

        Bedford’s Company A is once again being called up for federal service, the third time in its history. The first time was in 1941; the second in 2004. The third will be in early January.

        “We have a lot of honor   and  history  to  take  with us,” commented Captain Miguel Lickliter, the company’s new commanding officer.

  • Supervisors won’t seek lower speeds on secondary roads

    Last week’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting featured a report from the county’s solid waste department and a modification of the supervisors legislative priorities.

        According to Sheldon Cash, the county’s solid waste manager, the solid waste department opened up a new cell at the landfill this year. It opens up 10 more acres and Cash expects to start using it in the spring. It cost $4 million, but Cash said that amount is $800,000 below what was anticipated.

  • Parkinson’s conference to be held here

    The Southwest Virginia Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA), will be hosting a Parkinson’s conference in Bedford, Saturday.

  • Centertown Bedford hosts Christmas events

        Bedford Main Street kicks off Bedford’s Christmas celebration with its annual tree lighting at Centertown Park, Friday at 6 p.m.

        Dan Plattus, Main Street’s office manager, said area residents are encouraged to bring an ornament for the tree, then stick around for music, carriage rides and hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies. The treats will be at Centertown Park and the Bower Center. Clam Diggers and Stillwaters, both located on South Bridge Street, have live music planned.

  • Shepherd’s Table serves up Thanksgiving meal

    Once again, the Shepherd’s Table served up a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie. The organization regularly serves on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so this dinner is actually served the day before Turkey Day.

        The Shepherd’s table provides free hot lunches to people in Bedford who are in tight financial circumstances. The Shepherd’s Table began serving in May, 1991. Serving Thanksgiving meals in 1989 and 1990 indicated that there was a need in the community.