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Today's News

  • Family Fun Day will promote responsible pet ownership

        Tails seem to be wagging a little bit happier these days at the Bedford County Animal Shelter.

  • BCSO IDs hiker who died

        Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have identified the hiker found dead at the Matt Creek Shelter Monday morning as Rodney Montgomery, 59, of Otis Orchard, Wash.

        Investigators contacted one of Montgomery’s brothers in Washington state late yesterday. The brother said that he had two brothers hiking together on the Appalachian Trial.  Investigators contacted the second brother, by cell phone, and learned he was in Troutville.

  • Local store was the gathering place

        Marie Overstreet, who serves as secretary and treasurer of Overstreet General Repair, was no stranger to a family-owned business when she married into the Overstreet family.

        She grew up in one. Actually, she grew up living over her father’s store.
        Her father, Virgil Shepherd, owned Shepherd’s store which was located at the intersection of Dickerson Mill Road and Shepherd’s Store Road.

  • Shearing day comes to local alpaca farm

        Otter Peaks Alpacas invited three other alpaca farms to join in as the farm brought in a professional shearing team to shear their alpacas.

        John and Cindy Ferrante, who own Otter Peaks, have 22 alpacas.
        Alpacas are domesticated camelids that were bred in the Andes Mountains for very thick, wooly coats. Alpaca wool is warmer than sheep’s wool and is not prickly. It is also hypoallergenic because it does not contain lanolin. Alpaca wool is flame resistant.

  • Getting out from behind their four walls

        David Hinsen, Bedford Church of God’s senior pastor, believes it’s important for the church to “get outside our four walls.”

        “If all we do is have a couple of services and go home, we’ve failed,” he said. “We need to be a part of the community.”
        That’s the impetus behind the church’s decision to open a food pantry on May 1. According to the Rev. Hinsen, the idea came from J. R. Cook, the youth pastor.

  • Supervisors vote for tax hike

    Taxes are going up.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 Monday night to set the real estate tax rate for the next fiscal year at 52 cents per $100 in assessed value. This is a 2 cent increase over the previous tax rate of 50 cents.
        Although the budget county staff presented was balanced without the tax increase, some supervisors felt it left important issues unaddressed.

  • Celebrating 45 years at Camp Virginia Jaycee!

    Just more than 45 years ago, Bill Robertson had set a plan in motion.

  • School board looks for savings

        In an effort to trim more than $1 million from its budget proposal, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to change its health insurance plans for employees.
        And more changes may be on the way.
        Under the current plans offered to employees, the cost of insurance would have jumped by 28 percent in the upcoming 2014-2015 budget, well over $2 million in additional cost. But the school board is looking for savings from its budget request to the county.

  • How to live to be 100

        The Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation hosted a presentation by Lynchburg College on aging. The title was “How to Live to Be 100.”

        According to Dr. Todd Olsen, a Lynchburg College professor, there are currently 79,682 centenarians in the United States and that number is expected to top 600,000 by the middle of the century.

  • Probation and Parole honored

        Crystal Pulley, chief probation and officer in Bedford County, was honored with the Department of Defense’s Patriot Award. This is given to employers who have gone above and beyond expectations in supporting the national guard and reserves.