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Today's News

  • Town’s enterprise zone expanded

        Bedford is expanding its enterprise zone from its current 240 acres to 636 acres. According to Bart Warner, the assistant town manager, doing this will open the possibility for more state grants. Warner said the state allows a locality to activate up to 640 acres.

  • Making the library brighter

    ibrary is always an attractive place, but the Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild really transforms it with the group’s annual quilt show. The colorful quilts are currently on display and the show will go on through next Tuesday.

        These quilts are works of art and you really need to see them up close to fully appreciate them. The intricate stitching in them is part of the artistry. All the quilts were made by Guild members.

  • They want to move a chapel

        The Rev. Jeffrey Clemens, pastor of Peaks Presbyterian Church and a former Army chaplain, has a huge project in mind. He wants to move the Gray Ladies Chapel from the grounds of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a site on the National D-Day Memorial property.

  • Group from Russian Y visit Bedford

        The Bedford Area YMCA hosted guests from the YMCA in Novosibirsk, Russia, last week.    

  • Don’t worry: It’s only a training exercise

        If you see a lot of police around Bedford Elementary School or the Army Reserve Center this Saturday, don’t be alarmed – it’s only a training exercise.
        This Saturday local law enforcement agencies will be conducting training on dealing with an active shooter. Though the training closely follows the recent shooting in Dallas, Texas, it actually has been in the planning for months, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown. “This is not a reaction to (what happened) in Dallas,” he said.

  • Bedford, Franklin Heritage Trail set to launch July 23

        A joint county heritage trail project featuring historic landmarks and properties around Bedford and Franklin counties will debut with a special inaugural tour to be held Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Hunter new director at Sedalia Center

        Heidi Hunter cares about education.

        The former teacher and principal is now executive director at the Sedalia Center. She started the first of this year and wants to help the Center embrace the original vision of its founders, Doc and Annis McCabe, which had a strong focus on education.
        “I absolutely love the setting. It is gorgeous,” said Hunter of the Sedalia Center, which sits on 17 acres in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Big Island area of Bedford County.

  • Teens team up to help community

        A group of Bedford teens have organized themselves into a group that they call Boys with a Dream. The all-male group plans to come together to help the community.

        Boys with a Dream has only been in existence for a month, but they are already getting attention. Late Friday afternoon, Police Chief Todd Foreman came to a fundraiser the group held at Edmund Street Park and asked them to provide some muscle to help with downtown buildings. The  teens agreed.

  • Large crowd turns out for Bower Center grand opening

        Bower Center for the Arts officially reopened its doors to the Bedford community Thursday with a ribbon cutting that cut the bow on the $1 million renovation and expansion project.

        Dr. John Bower cut the ribbon, dedicating the building to his parents, Minnie and Mitch Bower. Dr. Bower and Edna Curry, the donors that made the Bower Expansion Project possible, attended Thursday’s opening and Dr. Bower recounted the history of his family’s journey that eventually landed  them in Bedford.

  • Nance sworn in

    “I’ve very much enjoyed working with Wes,” commented Circuit Court Judge James Updike. “He is a very hard worker, conscientious, always respectful. Wes is always prepared.”

        Judge Updike had these words to say about Wes Nance before swearing him in as Bedford County’s commonwealth’s attorney.