Today's News

  • Supporting education

        The Bedford Area Education Foundation held a breakfast, Thursday, to showcase what it is doing for the county’s schools and what the schools are doing.

        The Education Foundation was started in 2001 with the goal of raising private donations to provide funds for grants to county teachers. The idea is to supplement what the school division provides. During its 15-year history, the Foundation has given $275,500 in grants. During the last school year, the Foundation made $19,368 in grants.

  • School Board looks for options on baseball field for LHS

    School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler spoke to Town Council last week, during the work session that preceded the regular 7 p.m meeting,  asking for improvements to the ball field at Liberty Lake Park that would allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Hostutler said that the Liberty Lake ball field is a Plan B option. 
        “The ideal scenario is [for the baseball team] to play the 2017 season at  its current field and the 2018 season at the new field,” he said.

  • Centerfest, Home Tour kick off Friday

        This Friday kicks off two of the area’s biggest events of the year—Centerfest in Centertown Bedford and the Charity Home Tour at Smith Mountain Lake.
        Centerfest, one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals, marks its 35th year October 7-8.

  • Scam alert

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call this week from a citizen reporting that he  had received a call that he believed to be a possible scam.
        The citizen said the caller identified himself as a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy and advised that he would be arrested unless he sent them money. The citizen said that the number that showed on his caller ID read “Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.” He also said the caller was a man with a foreign accent.

  • Paying forward

        Niyonsenga Pacifique was only 2 years old when the Rwandan genocide occurred in 1994. As many as one million Rwandans were killed and another two million became refugees.

  • A piece of history

        A group of people in Montvale have gathered together to try to prevent the old Montvale Elementary School from being sold to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

  • Hall of Fame

        First Sergeant Lennie Hutton, who started as Bedford Science and Technology Center’s JROTC instructor this year, was just recently inducted into the Army’s Drill Instructor Hall of Fame.

  • ‘Foul’ move? Board votes to spare dogs that kill poultry

        Dogs that kill poultry will now be treated differently under county code from dogs that kill other types of livestock after a 4-3 vote by the county supervisors Monday night.
        According to County Attorney Patrick Skelley, who presented the text amendments to the supervisors, the county code change will allow courts to impose something other than the death penalty on dogs that kill poultry.

  • Helping horses, helping people

    Brook Hill Farm has been in operation for 15 years.

        The non-profit rescues horses and provides a place where law enforcement can bring horses that have been confiscated because their former owners were abusing or neglecting them. The rescued horses have a job. They help rescue kids.
        “I was overwhelmed  with the passion I saw with the kids, with the horses, with the accomplishments of this team,” said Georgia Fauber, a volunteer, about her first visit to the farm.

  • First in the nation

    Bedford’s Moose Lodge has become the first Moose Lodge to have a dedicated parking space for combat wounded veterans.

        The Lodge has two spaces with the Purple Heart logo. The Purple Heart, America’s oldest medal, is awarded to servicemen who have been injured due to enemy action.
        “It means a lot to our membership,” commented District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley, a member of the Lodge.