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  • Bedford enters into agreement to bring business class hotel to town

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    The Town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority today announced it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the Town of Bedford.

     

  • Freedom Fund Banquet

        The Bedford Branch NAACP packed the Forest Recreation Center Saturday evening for its annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

        A number of people came at the last minute and they had to make adjustments to provide room for them. This was easily accomplished. The Boys With a Dream were there working the event and they quickly and efficiently managed the situation.
        The group of young men also honored Sheriff Mike Brown with an award for his interest in them.

  • 18 year old in custody following shooting, manhunt

    A shooting incident in the Thaxton area has ended with an 18-yearold in custody, without incident, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    No citizens or law enforcement officers were injured during this event. One report stated the suspect had suffered a minor injury.

    The manhunt led to some roads being closed and schools going on lockdown in the Wheatland Road area of the county.

    The Sheriff's Office will release more information later this afternoon.

  • BCSO takes on creepy clowns

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is taking on the “Creepy Clown” fad.
        According to a news release from the sheriff, there have been five reported incidents investigated by the BCSO with no credible sightings.

  • Farm Bureau event honors local agriculture

        Bedford County Farm Bureau held its annual dinner last week, looking at achievements over the past year.

        W. P. Johnson, the local Farm Bureau president, began the evening with a video on The Meadow Event Park. The Virginia Farm Bureau acquired this property, formerly a major race horse breeding farm, in 2013. The property was the site of this year’s Virginia State Fair.

  • Scam alert

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call this week from a citizen reporting that he  had received a call that he believed to be a possible scam.
        The citizen said the caller identified himself as a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy and advised that he would be arrested unless he sent them money. The citizen said that the number that showed on his caller ID read “Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.” He also said the caller was a man with a foreign accent.

  • Centerfest, Home Tour kick off Friday

        This Friday kicks off two of the area’s biggest events of the year—Centerfest in Centertown Bedford and the Charity Home Tour at Smith Mountain Lake.
        Centerfest, one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals, marks its 35th year October 7-8.

  • 200-year-old tree falls

        Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians. I Kings 5:6

  • Helping horses, helping people

    Brook Hill Farm has been in operation for 15 years.

        The non-profit rescues horses and provides a place where law enforcement can bring horses that have been confiscated because their former owners were abusing or neglecting them. The rescued horses have a job. They help rescue kids.
        “I was overwhelmed  with the passion I saw with the kids, with the horses, with the accomplishments of this team,” said Georgia Fauber, a volunteer, about her first visit to the farm.

  • First in the nation

    Bedford’s Moose Lodge has become the first Moose Lodge to have a dedicated parking space for combat wounded veterans.

        The Lodge has two spaces with the Purple Heart logo. The Purple Heart, America’s oldest medal, is awarded to servicemen who have been injured due to enemy action.
        “It means a lot to our membership,” commented District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley, a member of the Lodge.