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  • What should be done with Bedford Middle School?

    Have an idea about what should happen to Bedford Middle School once the new middle school is built in the Liberty attendance zone?

    You may be just the person Bedford Town Council is looking to help with that issue.

    Council is seeking area residents who would be interested in serving on an advisory committee to discuss ideas about what to do with BMS once it is vacated by Bedford County Public Schools. The advisory committee will be made up about seven members.

  • Graffiti threat leads to lockdown at JFHS

    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Jefferson Forest High School Monday around 1:50 p.m.

  • Individual affiliated with Thaxton Elementary diagnosed with TB

    An individual affiliated with Thaxton Elementary School has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB).

    The division was notified by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday following positive laboratory test results. A joint letter from Bedford County Public Schools and the Department of Health will be sent to all parents at Thaxton Elementary on Monday, October 13 that provides additional details regarding this situation.

  • Judge: Graves won't be moved

        A request by Bank of the James to move a small graveyard on U. S. 460, just east of Applebee’s, was denied by Judge James Updike last week.
        An initial hearing was held in late July, but people who believe they have relatives buried in the graveyard objected.  A final decision was postponed until Oct. 1 to give Dr. Charles Boyd, of Radford University Forensic Science Institute, a chance to examine the site using ground-penetrating radar.

  • Bedford Elks have new home

        Bedford’s Elks Lodge will hold its first meeting in its new home on Oct. 7. The Lodge formerly met in the Elks National Home, but purchased a building on West Main Street to have a place of its own.
        According to Bruce Johannessen, the lodge’s exalted ruler, all the furniture the Lodge used in its old meeting room at the Elks Home has been moved to the new lodge.
        “We are going to put it up in our new Lodge on Main Street,” Johannessen said.

  • Big Otter Mill: Doing its job again

    If all goes well, Big Otter Mill will grind corn again, this coming Saturday, for the first time since the mill closed in 1949, according to Becky Wuergler, president of the board of directors of Friends of the Big Otter Mill.

        Bedford County owns the mill — it was donated to the county several years ago — and  Friends of the Big Otter Mill is the private, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that raises funds for the mill, handles its operation and arranges for restoration work.

  • Salvaging history

        The Elks Home’s barn no longer has silos. The two red-capped silos were dismantled last week by Black Dog Salvage.

        According to Mike Williams, one of the partners who purchased the Home, the silos had to come down because they posed a safety issue. One was pulling away from the barn, and both had to come down because they are connected. Williams said there is also a tall, brick smokestack at the Home that will have to come down, due to safety concerns, because it has a crack in it.

  • Bedford hosts state checkers tourney

        The 97th annual Virginia State Checkers Tournament was held in Bedford this past weekend and drew a former World Champion to the competition.
        Alex Moiseyev, who lost his world title in 2013,  is now playing in nearly all big events in order to climb back to the top and included Bedford on his tour.

  • Remembering 9/11

        A number of local organizations began getting together, in the wake of the Sep. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, for a prayer breakfast each year on the 9-11 anniversary. The purpose of the breakfast is to encourage people to pray for America’s leaders, and people in America’s armed forces.

        Colonel James Park was the guest speaker at this year’s event held at Main Street United Methodist Church.
        Park graduated from West Point in 1972 and became an artillery officer.

  • Students touch hearts of first responders in NYC

        The Rev. Geoff Hubbard, pastor of Cool Spring Presbyterian Church, used to live in New York City.
        So when the terrorist attacks on the city occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, he shared an even deeper concern as he watched the tragedy unfold.