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Today's News

  • Finalists named for county's Teacher of the Year

        Three of Bedford County’s top teachers have been selected as this year’s finalists for the county’s Teacher of the Year.

        Eric Martin, physical education teacher at Stewartsville Elementary; Sandra Brookshier, life science teacher at Bedford Middle School; and Debra Woodson, 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Jefferson Forest High School , are the top finalists. They were selected from the Teachers of the Year at each county school.

  • Water, sewer rates going up

    The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) is seeking a rate increase for water and sewer.
         A public hearing is slated for June 17 at 7 p.m. at BRWA’s board room on Falling Creek Road. BRWA’s board of directors will make the final decision on whether to adopt the new rates following the hearing. The rates, if adopted, will take effect on July 1.

  • Marci Stone takes position in Roanoke

        Deputy Chief of Fire and Rescue Services Marci Stone wasn’t looking for a new job. The new job came looking for her.

  • 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.

  • Bedford Memorial honored hospital volunteers

        Bedford Memorial Hospital honored its volunteers, Thursday, with an appreciation lunch at the Bedford Columns. Along with a buffet lunch, the event featured entertainment and door prizes donated by 35 area merchants.

  • Restoration fundraiser slated for May 10

    Friends of Big Otter Mill and the 24th Masonic District are teaming up for a fundraiser at Big Otter Mill on Saturday, May 10.

        All profits from the fundraiser, a BBQ dinner, will go to the mill restoration project and Masonic District charitable projects. The mill will be open for tours during the fundraiser, which takes place from 3-7 p.m.
        “We are trying to get it restored,” said Tom Richardson, a member of the mill’s board of directors.