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Today's News

  • Good signs

        There are some good signs taking place in and around Bedford.
        The opening of Beale’s Brewery has been a big hit and has provided a good number of jobs. The first few weeks have brought in plenty of folks -- some seeking the atmosphere, some the specially brewed Beale’s beer, some wanting to partake of the quality BBQ being offered.

  • Chilean missionaries help with Mega Sport & Drama Camp

    Pastor David Whitehurst of Word of Life Evangelical Church was born in Chile, South America. At the age of five, he moved back to America with his parents, who had spent most of their lives as missionaries traveling to Chile. Now several decades later, Whitehurst has revived the relationship between the Methodist Church of Chile  and the Word of Life Evangelical Church.

  • Former local athletes inspire YMCA Power Scholar Academy participants

    Four former local athletes gathered to speak to scholars from Bedford Elementary School and Montvale Elementary School.

    The scholars were part of the five-week long YMCA Power Scholar Academy, a summer learning loss prevention iniative run by Bedford Area Family YMCA with support from the YMCA of the USA.

    The scholars are recommended by teachers who identify the children as at risk for taking a “couple steps back” during the summer, explained Mary Jo Boone, the CEO of Bedford Area Family YMCA.

  • Kim Jones takes on new coaching challenge

    Kim Jones has been known to make history at Staunton River.

    As a senior on Staunton River girls basketball team, Jones was part of the squad that made it to States for the first time in program history. This season also marked the most wins since 1976, a record that still stands to this day.        

    Then as head coach of the girls basketball team for more than 15 years, Jones racked up some historical accolades; most program wins (179), two State quarterfinal appearances and three Blue Ridge District titles.

  • Supervisors adopt dock ordinance

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted, after a joint public hearing with the planning commission, to remove all references to American Electric Power (AEP) from the zoning ordinance’s building permit process for docks at Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Floors and More moves to new location

        Floors and More moved to its new home on Burks Hill Road on Jan. 1 and has a grand reopening set for this Friday and Saturday.

        It was a big move for two reasons.
        “We were able to purchase the property,” said Bob Sloper.
        This is the first time in the six-and-a-half years they’ve operated the business in Bedford that they have actually owned the building where their business is located.

  • Developer: Hotel is needed tool

        James Oliver, the developer who is going to build a business class hotel in the Harmony development just west of Bedford, expects construction to begin in the late spring of 2018.

        Oliver’s company, Dogwood Development Company, has agreed to purchase the property in conjunction with Bedford’s economic development authority.
        “We still have some hoops to jump through,” Oliver said.

  • Summer Sessions: Our Process

    While other basketball programs may just be getting started with their summer workouts, Staunton River’s team has been hard at work since March.

    Coming off a tough season that saw the Eagles only log in three wins, Head Coach Brandon Harris and his squad are dialing in on making the necessary improvements over the offseason.

  • Overstreet chases multiple State career records

    Grayson Overstreet is closing in on not one, not two, but three State records.

    The rising senior from Staunton River is only 1,428 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns and 68 points away from claiming three State career records as his own.

    All three records are certainly in reach for 6’2”, 220 lbs fullback/linebacker. Especially considering in just his junior season he rushed 2,958 yards, snagged 49 touchdowns and collected 385 points.

  • Money puzzles and lawmakers: make ‘em take the pledge!

        It’s a little mystery that Bedford-area voters have almost figured out, but not quite. Why are the realtors, the health industry, the beer wholesalers and bankers, coal operators and electric utilities shoving all that cash into the Virginia legislature?
        “Puzzles plus money produce the view that the money explains the puzzles,” legal scholar Lawrence Lessig has written. “In a line: We don’t trust our government.”