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Today's News

  • Petersen not guilty of 2nd degree murder

    By Tom Wilmoth and Emily Scruggs
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A Hardy man, facing an attempted second degree murder charge following an incident May 27 of last year, was found not guilty Wednesday by a Bedford County jury.
         Christopher William Petersen, 29, had been  charged with three felonies, all of which he was found not guilty, following an incident in which he was accused of trying to shoot an ex-girlfriend in the head.

  • Bansley challenges Wilkerson for District 3 supervisor's seat

        Charla Bansley, an Alexandria native, is challenging incumbent District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson for the June 13 Republican Primary for the Republican nomination for that seat on the Board of Supervisors.

  • Steve Wilkerson seeks reelection

        District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson is seeking reelection for a second term this fall. First elected to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors in 2013, Wilkerson replaced Roger Cheek, who chose not to seek reelection after  serving nearly 20 years on the board.

  • Valley Processing sold; plant in Bedford shuts down

        Valley Processing in Bedford has closed its doors, leaving 40 of its employees out of work.
        The plant, which produces custom-mixed, rubber-based compounds, ceased operations last week, following the sale of the plant.
        Valley Processing was bought out by HEXPOL Compounding, which was consolidating operations which led to the Bedford plant being closed. The Bedford plant was not included in the sale.
        Four years ago Valley Processing purchased Rubatex out of bankruptcy.

  • Board OK’s budget

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the county’s budget, with all members present, during its regular meeting Monday. The vote followed a lengthy budget discussion during a work session that preceded the meeting.

  • Derby Day slated for May 6 at Avenel

        Derby Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at Avenel.

        Avenel Foundation marks the annual running of the Kentucky Derby with a festive event that serves as a major fundraiser. The Foundation exists to maintain the historic home.
        Avenel was built by Col. William Burwell to serve as a home for his family and his in-laws. That’s why the house has such a complex internal stair system. The two families shared the public areas of the house, but each had their own private section.

  • Love letters

        Bedford County’s Love Letters will be unveiled next week at the Bedford Welcome Center.

         These Love Letters are not amorous missives. The are actual, large, metal letters that spell out the word “LOVE.” It’s part of a state-wide tourism branding project and localities around the state are doing it. This initiative of the Virginia Tourism Corporation started in 2012.
        However, Bedford’s Love Letters are unique.

  • Centra BMH to expand ER

        Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital is about to embark on an expansion of its emergency department.

          In order to do that, the hospital needs a temporary home for that department while the work is being done. The solution is to temporarily move it to the second floor of the old hospital building. It will use parking in the area currently dedicated to administrative parking. There will be directional signs that will show people where they need to go. Volunteers will also be on hand to help people find their way.

  • Exhibit marks centennial of US entry into World War I

        The Bedford Museum opened an exhibit this month that marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. The United States declared war on the German Empire, and its allies, on April 6, 1917.

        Grace Peterson, the Museum’s archivist and business manager, arranged the display, selecting items loaned to the Museum by Lee Anthony. Peterson said the greatest difficulty in setting up the exhibit was deciding what not to put in the limited space she had to work with.

  • Art show, auction to benefit Big Otter Mill

        Friends of the Big Otter Mill will hold an art show and auction to raise money to complete the restoration of the Mill.