Today's News

  • It’s been peachy!

        Walter Gross has been growing peaches in Bedford County for 61 years.

        A. J. Gross and sons — Walter, who turns 81 this fall is one of the sons — planted its first block of peach trees in 1954, the year after Gross graduated from Bedford High School.
        A lot has changed over those years. Walter recalls that his senior class took a class trip to New York in 1953. The teens raised their own money and rented a Trailways bus for $500.

  • Bower Center begins makeover

        Dr. John Bower, whose donation made the Bower Center for the Performing Arts possible, came to Bedford, Friday, for a groundbreaking ceremony that kicks off a major renovation for the building.

         The renovation project will build a new front to the building and add an elevator, improving handicapped access and new restrooms.
        Fred Duis, president of the    Wharton   Foundation, opened the ceremony.

  • Hostutler: $38M might not be enough

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted, last week, to set a maximum price tag of $38 million on the construction of a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Lawsuit moved to federal court

        A lawsuit,  alleging that racism motivated the school board to close Body Camp Elementary School rather than Moneta Elementary, has been moved to federal court.
        A hearing was originally scheduled in Bedford County Circuit Court, last Friday afternoon, but the decision to move it to federal court was made prior to the hearing.

  • Fireworks will fill the skies this weekend

        The skies will be filled with fireworks next Friday and Saturday nights in Bedford County and there will be plenty of other activities to enjoy in the area for the July 4 weekend.
        Fireworks displays will occur Friday night July 3 in both Bedford and Downtown Moneta and July 4 at Parkway Marina at Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Couple charged with 2014 Sonic robbery

        Weeks after the robbery of the Sonic in Forest in February 2014, Matthew Kukulski and Caitlin N. Williamson, boyfriend/girlfriend, became persons of interest in the robbery.
        In August 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Smith traveled to Florida where Kukulski was serving time in jail. While in Florida, Smith interviewed both Kuklski and Williamson.

  • Three arrested for child abuse

        At 9:50 p.m. Monday, June 22, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a possible child abuse on Mt. Airy Road, Lynch Station.
        A Bedford County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the location. After arriving on the scene and investigating the complaint Bedford County Social Services Child Protection investigators were contacted and made aware of the complaint.

  • Location for Bedford passenger rail station selected by group

        The Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Committee Rail Liaison Committee has settled on a site for a rail passenger station in Bedford. Last week, Brian McCrodden, a member of the committee, briefed Bedford Town Council.

  • Supervisors authorize controversial project

        The county supervisors voted 4-3, Monday night, to approve a special use permit for a commercial wedding venue in the Goode area.

        The commercial wedding venue will be on Glass Hill Road, a half-mile from its intersection with Otterville Road. Events will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Outdoor music will end at 10 p.m., an hour before the county’s noise ordinance takes effect. Events will be limited to 200 people and a water truck will be used to control dust on the gravel road.

  • Students explore art in county program

        Bedford County’s Parks and Rec department held its first art camp last week.

        The day camp, held at the Forest Recreation Center, drew 22 children. This camp was for children ages 5 to 10. One for older children is being held this week.
        Jenn Fitzgerald, an elementary school art teacher from Campbell County, was the instructor.
        “I had worked with her previously,” said  Stuart  Saunders, the  program coordinator for Bedford County Parks and Rec.