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Today's News

  • Now you can check out a telescope from the library

    By Jack Gross

    President
    Blue Ridge Astronomy Club

        The Bedford County Public Library System has a new telescope to lend out to anyone who has a library card for awesome views of the night sky.     
        This instrument is a great introduction to the galaxies and stars that fill the sky. With this easy to use and transport, telescope, you and your kids can see the craters on the moon, most of the planets, including the rings of Saturn, and Jupiter’s  four moons.

  • Liberty High School GENTS

        A group of young men at Liberty High School (LHS) accepted a challenge from Brian Wilson, the school’s assistant principal.

        The challenge was to become better gentlemen and be a positive example to other students at the high school. The students formed a group and called the group GENTS. It’s an acronym for Gentlemen Empowered Now Taking a Stand.

  • JF unveils Cyber SWAT team

    In an effort to reach students at the elementary and middle school grade levels, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation has tapped local high school students as the best messengers to preach Internet safety to their younger peers.

  • Local resident to lead tourism effort

    Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess, announced Monday that Nicole (Shackelford) Johnson, associate director for development and marketing at the National D-Day Memorial, has been named the new director of  tourism for Bedford County.

  • Altavista man guilty of child sex charges

        Charlie Ray Haskins Jr., 35, of Altavista, entered no contest pleas, in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday, to two counts of aggravated sexual battery against a minor.
        He had been facing eight felonies related to the charges, but under a plea deal only two were prosecuted.
        According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, Haskins began molesting the victim when she was 11 and it continued until she turned 14.

  • Assisted Living Facility gets OK from supervisors

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors dealt with several items, Monday night, during the group’s last meeting of 2016.

  • Board gets update on Moneta Elementary

        Though not accredited by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) this year, Moneta Elementary staff and administrators feel the school is headed in the right direction with its personalized learning pilot program.

  • Childress’ store

        Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Bedford had nearly a dozen small family owned grocery stores.

         One of them was Childress’ Cash Food Market, owned by Wes Childress. The market was located in the building, on West Main Street, that now serves as Bedford’s Elks Lodge and Wes’ son, Tim Childress is a member and official of that lodge.

  • Dec. 7, 1941

        “I was 20 years old at that time,” recalls Leonard Peverall, remembering a long-ago Sunday morning — Dec. 7, 1941.

  • A farm and a practice

        Retirement and an urge to farm brought Dr. Sandra Ratliff, Johnson Health Center’s newest  pediatrician, to Bedford.
        Her husband, Dave, is the one who retired. Dr. Ratliff was not ready to retire, but they both had the same agricultural interest.
        “We knew we wanted to farm,” she said.