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Today's News

  • Living within the community

        “We want to make a living within, not off, the community,” said Centra Health’s CEO E. W. Tibbs.
        Tibbs was speaking to a joint meeting of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council Monday night. He was there to give the two elected bodies an update following Centra’s assuming full ownership of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • ICAC: 16 years of catching sexual predators

    Sheriff Mike Brown hosted a celebration for the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force earlier this month. It marked 16 years of catching sexual predators who use the Internet to find victims.

  • Foundation helps library system

        With state budget shortfalls, and looming cuts on the horizon, the Bedford Public Library System Foundation wants to remind folks that it exists.

  • Tibbs: Centra’s commitment 'long-term’ to BMH

        Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs knows Bedford and its hospital very well.

        And he’s looking to make both better with Centra’s recent purchase of Carilion’s 50 percent share of Bedford Memorial Hospital.
        Tibbs, born and raised in Bedford, still lives here with his family. He  is  a former  nurse and president and CEO of BMH.

  • Ag strategic plan unveiled

    Region 2000’s Local Government Council has developed a strategic plan for agriculture and forestry.
        According to Scott Baker, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for Bedford County, it took two years to develop the plan. The Virginia Cooperative Extension was deeply involved in developing the plan.
        “They knew we had a pretty good feel for agricultural needs,” Baker said.

  • Foreman takes over as Bedford Police Department's new chief

        Todd Foreman always wanted to be in law enforcement.

        More than 18 years ago that desire became reality when he was hired by the Bedford Police Department. He's worked his way up the ranks and last week reached the pinnacle of the department, being appointed as the Chief of Police for the town of Bedford.  
        “I wanted to be able to help people,” Foreman said of his desire for a career in law enforcement.

  • Bedford man flew spy missions during Cold War

        Carl Overstreet, of Bedford, was one of a select group of pilots who performed a vital mission during the Cold War. He flew U-2 spy planes on missions that took him over Soviet Bloc countries in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, itself.

  • Making them Bee-lieve

     

    This was how autumnal Friday nights are supposed to be.

    The air was crisp, the stadium was electric and the football...well, the football was perfectomundo, at least from a Jefferson Forest perspective.

    How perfect was it?  Well, the Cavs pounded Brookville, 34-14.  

    The win was good for them from a number of perspectives.

    a)  They beat Brookville.  There are some in Forest who would take a 1-9 season if that one win came against the Bees.  Guess what?  This isn't a 1-9 season.

  • BMH moving ahead under ownership of Centra

    There have been town halls, meetings with local organizations and input from neighbors.

        There has been construction, an IT makeover and the addition of new staff.
        Bedford Memorial Hospital is now a full-fledged member of the Centra family and millions of dollars are being spent to bring it up-to-date and make its services more effective.

    Upgrades underway
        

  • Grand jury to help with case

        Investigators have named a second person of interest in the abduction and slaying case of two sisters in 1975 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a special grand jury convened Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to help with the investigation.

        As many as a dozen witnesses were expected to appear before the grand jury.