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  • Rustic run benefits cancer healing, wellness program

        It’s time to take a 5k run through Johnson’s Orchard for a worthy cause. The annual event aims to raise money for a wellness program at the Bedford area YMCA for cancer patients.

        The program—A Path to Healing, a Bridge to Wellness—grew out of Nancy Johnson’s personal experience with cancer. She noted that there were opportunities available to help cancer patients cope with the cancer, and the side effects of the treatment, but you couldn’t get them all in one place.

  • Fires destroy homes

        A fire early Monday afternoon at a residence along Virginia Byway, Route 43, about seven miles south of Bedford, destroyed a home and shut down the road for several hours.

  • Fire destroys home, shuts down road
  • Putney won't seek reelection

    Normally at this time of year, Delegate Lacey Putney announces his intention to run for reelection. This year is different.

  • 2nd Amendment rights group to hold local meeting

        The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) will hold a public meeting at the Bedford Central Library Thursday night.

        What is the Virginia citizens Defense League?
        “It’s a grass roots gun rights organization,” said Philip Van Cleave, the organization’s president. “Our mission is to defend people’s right to defend themselves.”

  • Study: Sludge-based fertilizer may be causing human illnesses

        CHAPEL HILL, NC —Treated municipal sewage sludge—the solids from sewage treatment—may be causing illness in people up to a mile from where it is spread on land, according to a recent study.
        Those are the findings from researchers at the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

  • Bedford Area Habitat for Humanity celebrates with first homeowner

        Linda Richie has come a long way in the past 25 years.

        In the fall of 1987, Richie found herself in what one would call a less than desirable situation.  Living in Washington, DC, Richie was separated from her husband and homeless, with three small children. 
        But instead of feeling sorry for herself, she decided that her family deserved better and put her mind to making things right.

  • The fire within

         Firefighters deal with fires.

  • Concert canceled

        Last year more than 500 people packed the Liberty High School auditorium to watch the  United States Air Force’s Rhythm In Blue Jazz Ensemble concert. The group was scheduled for a return visit this Saturday, but that concert has been scrapped.
        And you can blame sequestration.

  • We have a winner—and it's not the coyote

    Bedford County’s Coyote Lottery ended on March 1 and the winner was announced with a ceremonial check presentation in front of Southern States, Friday. Ray Turpin, who turned in 30 coyotes, was the winner of the $2,000 jackpot. The money for the jackpot was provided by contributions from Bedford County Farm Bureau, Spring Lake Livestock Market, Powers Tractor, the James River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation, Boone Tractor, Creswell Custom Cattle and Holdren-Stanley Insurance.