Today's News

  • Centerfest, Home Tour set for this weekend

        The hope is the rain that marred the past two weekends won’t come back this weekend. There’s just too much going on – including Bedford’s Centerfest on Friday and Saturday and the SML Home Tour, set for Friday-Sunday.
        Centerfest will harken back to its roots this year and rekindle its role as a family-friendly, community event.
        Centerfest will take place over two days: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.

  • Deputy reassigned from SRO duties

        Last year he was named School Resource Officer of the Year, for the exemplary job he did while serving in that position at Staunton River High School.

        Now Deputy Christopher Lee Cook is working in the civil division, serving papers for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, mired in the center of a federal investigation.

  • Gift could provide ‘little bit of beauty’ in tough situation

        Barbara Owen, of Bedford Professional Women, noted that she had accumulated a number of  Estée Lauder cosmetic bags. What should she do with these colorful, feminine bags?

        “We women have a lot of bags at home,” she said.
        Owen and Kelli Reed, the  Estée Lauder counter manager at Peebles, got together and came up with an idea.

  • Wives Behind the Badge

        An organization called “Wives Behind the Badge” has gotten rolling in Bedford County. Wives Behind the Badge is an organization of people married to law enforcement officers.

        “It’s a national program throughout the United States,” said Kathy Hatcher, who is spearheading the local organization. She said they are still getting organized under the auspices of the national organization’s Virginia Auxiliary.

  • County woman attends papal events in Philadelphia

        Margarita Zizzo, the school secretary at Bedford Middle School, got back home from a weekend trip to Philadelphia at about 1 a.m. Monday morning.

  • Students wear camo in honor of Tyler Arnett

        Students, faculty and staff at Jefferson Forest High School wore camo, boots and hats to school last Thursday in memory of one of their own who passed away suddenly last week.

        Junior Tyler Blake Arnett, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, died unexpectedly.
        Arnett, 17, loved the outdoors. “He was a very well-liked student,” stated Ryan Edwards, public relations coordinator for Bedford County Public Schools. “Our thoughts are with Tyler’s family during this very sad time.”

  • Papal visit an opportunity for local Catholics

        According to Father Salvador Añonuevo, the recent visit by Pope Francis I, was very meaningful to Catholics.

        Fr. Añonuevo is the pastor of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Bedford and Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta. His name, by the way, means Savior New Year in Spanish.

  • Council discusses trash carts, dog park

        D. W. Lawhorne, Bed-ford’s director of public works, told Bedford Town Council last week the town has given out 770 of the new trash carts to town residents. The carts come in 95 gallon and 65 gallon sizes.
        “We figured that big container would be enough for everyone,” Lawhorne told Council. He said the 95 gallon size is the standard size for a family of four.

  • Adams stepping down as Bedford Main Street director

        After two years as Bedford Main Street’s executive director, Amanda Adams is stepping down.
        “I have really enjoyed the last two years that I’ve spent as Main Street’s executive director,” Adams stated. “Over the last two years, I’ve been fortunate to be part of a growing board, the development of a new mission, and help Main Street get back to being an integral part of the Bedford community.”

  • Fires destroy county homes

        Fires on two consecutive days kept county firefighters busy this week.