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Today's News

  • Study looks at fire department needs

        When you call 911 and report a fire, it’s vital that firefighters can get to your place safely, with the equipment they need. That means replacing firetrucks as needed.

        “Apparatus is a big need on the fire side because of the expense,” said Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue.

  • 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.

  • Give 'em a "Ten"

     

    For three quarters, JF and Liberty played a classic.

    But, the saying isn't, "It was 

    36 minutes for the ages," it's "It was a game for the ages."

    This one nearly was.

    In the end, however, it was the machine that is the Jefferson Forest offense which drove the visitors to a 49-27 victory.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spotlight on agriculture

        Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry stopped by Bedford, Monday for Delegate Scott Garrett’s annual Spotlight on Agriculture breakfast.

  • 4-3 vote: close Thaxton Elementary

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board voted to close another school at the end of this school year; Thaxton Elementary joins Body Camp Elementary as the two schools slated to close.

        Before a packed room at the School Board Office Conference Room—and to the dismay of the Thaxton supporters attending the meeting—board members Gary Hostutler, Julie Bennington, Dr. John Hicks and Richard Downey voted to close the school with Kelly Harmony, Jason Johnson and Kevin Willis voting against the motion.

  • AEHI founder indicted

    Donald L. Gillispie, 71, of Meridian, Idaho, and Jennifer R. Ransom, 40, of Meridian, Idaho, were indicted Nov. 13 by a federal grand jury sitting in Boise.

        Gillispie, a former Thaxton resident, began the nuclear power company, included in the indictment, in Bedford County.
        The defendants were charged with 14 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, federal agents, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. An initial appearance is set for Gillispie this month.

  • Board OKs money for radios

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to approve $600,000 to complete the purchase of radios that will be compatible with the new regional radio system. The supervisors had earlier approved $1.5 million for initial purchases.

  • 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.