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Today's News

  • VDOT digs up U.S. 460

        A long-awaited Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project, designed to improve safety on the section of U.S. 460, on the west end of Bedford, is underway.

        “It’s basically to improve sight distance,” said Jason Bond, a VDOT spokesman.

  • JF, LHS to get new principals

    back in August, Liberty and Jefferson Forest high schools will have new principals.    Current LHS Principal Tim Overstreet and JF Principal Tony Francis are moving to the Bedford County Public School system’s central office staff, the result of action taken during the school board’s meeting last Thursday.

  • Restructuring underway

    The central office of Bedford County Public Schools will have some new faces and new titles this month as a result of action taken by the school board the past several meetings.
        As part of its effort to follow through with recommendations made in the state-mandated school efficiency study, the school board has voted to reorganize the central office staff structure to make it more in line with what the study suggested.

  • Fourth of July events

        Residents throughout the Bedford area will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with fireworks and activities.
        From Poplar Forest to Smith Mountain Lake, Bedford to Moneta, activities are planned for July 4 and July 5.

  • Sedalia holds 18th annual Bluegrass Festival

        Sedalia Center held its 18th annual Bluegrass Festival, Saturday.

  • Oulds charges to go to grand jury

        Charges against Steve Oulds, of Lynchburg, have been certified to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court.
        Oulds faces charges stemming from the death of James Dale Gunter in a single vehicle crash last year near Coleman Falls. Oulds has been accused of driving the car. The accident occurred on U. S. 501 on Aug. 18, 2013.

  • Charges certified

        Michael Wayne Jenkins, charged with felony hit and run and felony assault and battery on an EMS worker, waived a preliminary hearing when he appeared in Bedford County General District Court, Monday. Judge Harold Black certified the charges to the August grand jury.
        Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.

  • Wheelabrator celebrates 40 years

        “This is our 40th anniversary family day,” Wheelabrator plant manager John Moore told a gathering of employees Friday.

        “We poured our first heat in April, 1974,” he added.
        April, however, does not have the best weather for outdoor activities, so plant officials opted to have their family day in June.
        “We picked a day we thought would have pretty weather in the summer,” Moore said.

  • Local woman scales the Peaks for 90th birthday

    So what did Edley Updike do for her 90th birthday? She went for a little stroll—up Sharp Top at the Peaks of Otter!
        On Sunday, June 1, Updike hiked to the Peaks summit with her daughter, Denise Updike Gaston. They didn’t take the bus up; they started at the bottom and hiked all the way up.
        Where did she get the idea? A friend had done it several years ago.
        “She said 'I bet I can do it, too’,” Denise said of her Mom. “I want to give it a shot.”

  • LC honors local caregiver

        Since helping take care of her great-grandmother as a child, Amanda Garraghty Brown knew her calling in life.

        And she does it very well.
        Each year the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College recognizes professionals who have promoted positive aging in our community at its annual conference on aging in June.
        This year, Brown, a Bedford County native, was the recipient of the “Professional Caregiver of the Year” award.