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Local News

  • Annual Festival of Trees is underway

        Local organizations have been busy decorating Christmas trees at the Welcome Center for the Center’s annual Festival of Trees. People can vote for their favorite tree by contributing $1 per vote. These voters are encouraged to vote early and vote often. This contest is a fundraiser and each tree has a designated local charity. The charities designated by the top three winning trees get the money raised by the contest.

  • Elks Home village

        The Elks National Home, now an English Meadows Senior Living Community, will hold an open house on Dec. 2 from 7-9 p.m. If you go, you’ll get a chance to tour the interior of the historic Home.

        “We are inviting the community to see the beauty of the indoors,” said Sharon Jones, the Home’s activities director. “It’s prettier than the outdoors.”

  • Sweet gratitude

        Dr. Ron Hendrickson, a dentist in Goode, offered children an offer they couldn’t refuse. At least their parents couldn’t refuse it.  He offered to buy Halloween candy for $1 per pound. One child took him up on the offer to the tune of four pounds.

        “It’s amazing how these kids kept coming in,” Dr. Hendricksen commented.

  • Museum says ‘thanks’ to its volunteers

        The Bedford Museum hosted a lunch, this month, to thank its many volunteers.

        According to Doug Cooper, the Museum’s manager, nearly 100 volunteers perform tasks ranging from construction, to archiving donated items to making genealogy presentations. Archiving is critical so that people know what the Museum has and where it is. Some of them come in frequently, on a weekly basis or multiple times a week.

  • BPD vehicle struck

        A Bedford Police Department cruiser was damaged during an accident early last Wednesday morning.

        The accident occurred just in front of Wal-Mart on U.S. 460 in Bedford.

  • Andy Bears

    When Andy Wilks was 12 years old, his brother Jon joined the Air Force and was getting ready to leave home for the first time.

  • Bedford Christmas Parade is Dec. 6

        The Bedford Christmas parade will be held December 6 at 4 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “A Christmas Story” in Bedford.
        The parade will be followed by the Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. in the Centertown Plaza (Bridge & Main). There will also be carriage rides and free pictures with Santa in SantaLand that evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
        Carriage rides will also be available through Centertown and free pics with Santa from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12 and Friday, December 19.

  • Dancing the Virginia Reel

        Avenel featured an event that would have been familiar to the Burwell family — sort of.

        Odds are couples gathered many times, back 160 years ago, to dance the Virginia Reel in Avenel’s parlor.
        Saturday night, a sizable crowd from Bedford gathered to dance this historic dance with Woody and Marcia McKenzie providing the music. This couple plays traditional music, along with pieces they wrote.

  • Drug collection unit provides safe disposal

        Residents in Bedford County now have a way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications anytime they want.

        On Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a drug collection receptacle that has been placed in the outer lobby of the front entrance to the Sheriff’s Office, located at 1345 Falling Creek Rd. in Bedford. The receptacle was obtained through a partnership with CVS Pharmacy and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

  • Coyote lottery begins in county

        With a jackpot of $2,000 funded entirely by local businesses and organizations, the Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board is hoping to entice hunters and trappers to participate in its third annual Coyote Lottery aimed at managing the growing threat of the predators on county livestock.