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  • A blast from the past

    General Jubal Early and “Old Betsy” paid Fridays at the Museum a visit last week.

        Actually, it wasn’t really Gen. Early. The famous Confederate general, a Franklin County native, died 115 years ago, but Mike Mehaffey makes a very good replica. Mehaffey, a retired Sheriff’s Office investigator looks enough like Early to be his twin. A Civil War reenactor, Mehaffey has been reenacting Gen. Early for a number of years and is an expert on Early’s life.

  • Broadband authority approved

    Bedford County’s supervisors voted, Monday night, to create a broadband authority with the board of supervisors serving as the authority’s board. The measure passed 4-3.

        The purpose of the broadband authority is to create a public-private partnership that will extend Internet broadband service to areas of the county that don’t currently have it. According to Frank Rogers, the county’s assistant county administrator, the county has received a $55,000 grant from the Tobacco Commission. The grant requires a local match of $5,000.

  • Former Hardy fire chief found dead of gun shot wound

    The former volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company was found dead July 8, one day after he had been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury on 14 felony charges related to the embezzlement of funds from the fire company.

  • Providing 33 years of live theater

        Little Town Players has been bringing live theater to Bedford for 33 years. As LTP anticipates its next season, Robin Zimmerman wants to call attention to some recent improvements.

  • Street signs disappear as economic times get worse

    As Wayfinder signs have been going up, some area street signs have been taken down.

        And not by city staff.

        According to City Manager Charles Kolakowski, the city has been experiencing an alarming amount of thefts of street signs in recent weeks.     “We put them up and a week later they’re gone again,” Kolakowski said. “It’s beyond a nuisance (issue).”

  • Wayfinder signs direct visitors to destination sites in area

    After some six years of planning, the city of Bedford is becoming more visitor friendly with a set of Wayfinder signs that have been springing up around city roads.

        “The signs have been a long time coming,” stated Bart Warner, assistant city manager.

  • Breaking news: Former Hardy fire chief found dead of gun shot wound day after indicted by grand jury

    The former volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company was found dead Wednesday morning, one day after he had been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury on 14 felony charges related to the embezzlement of funds from the fire company.

  • Breaking news: School system receives $750,000 grant

    Congressman Tom Perriello has announced that Bedford County Public Schools has received a  “Teaching American History” grant of $743,397 from the U.S. Department of Education.

        Over a three-year period, the grant will support a program called “American History in International Context,” which provides high-quality professional development to teachers of American history.

  • The future of the Memorial

        Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, may be getting his wish.

  • Man sentenced for raping 9-year-old

    A Blue Ridge man will spend the rest of this century in prison for the forcible rape of a 9-year-old girl.

        According to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, Christopher Michael Shepperd, 36, of Blue Ridge entered a non-contest plea in the spring to two charges of the forcible rape of the 9-year-old girl. Krantz said that there was no plea agreement. He had forensic evidence and the victim’s testimony.

        “The girl was very adamant that he had done it,” Krantz said.