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Today's News

  • Open government

        Bedford Town Council has chosen to give the public a chance to hear from the seven applicants who have filed to fill the seat of James Vest, who has resigned from council because he is moving out of town.
        Council also made the names and information provided by those applicants available to the public this week following a formal Freedom of Information Act request made by the Bulletin.
        Council should be commended on both counts of allowing the public access to that information.

  • Area officials look to the future

    By Foster Garrett

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        Jefferson’s Assembly, a 20-year-old annual event hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Alliance and co-presented with the Chambers of Commerce from Altavista, Bedford, Botetourt, Danville, Montgomery and Smith Mountain Lake, provides an opportunity for area officials to highlight achievements and discuss plans in areas like business, transportation, economic development and legislature.

  • Bedford PD has deer in its crosshairs

        Town Council received reports from various department heads last Tuesday, and the news wasn’t good for deer in town.
        Police Chief Todd Foreman reported that police have harvested 38 deer so far this year. For years the town has had a program through the Bedford PD to help keep  down  the     deer  population in town.

  • Contested race for District 4 School Board seat

        While voters in District 2 and District 3 won’t have a choice in the school board election in those districts as the incumbents are running unopposed, District 4 voters will have a choice.

        Two men, Marcus Hill and Isaiah Knight, have thrown their hat in the ring to replace District 4 school board member Gary Hostutler, who has chosen not to run for reelection.

  • 22 Too Many

    Tiffany Farmer-Bowyer wants people to understand the trauma that can follow military personnel home from their service.

        Last year her brother committed suicide, a year after getting out of the military; it was a devastating blow to the family.
        While searching for help, Tiffany discovered the 22 Too Many Foundation. Every day, according to statistics, an estimated 22 veterans and one active duty soldier commits suicide. With Tiffany  and  her family, that statistic hit too close to home a year ago this month.

  • Seven apply for council seat

        Seven candidates have filed to fill the vacant seat on Bedford Town Council left by the resignation of Jim Vest.
        The candidates include: Robert D. Carson, Bruce Erik Hartwick, James Leftwich, Jeremy Hamlett, Daniel Lee Kirby, David C. Foster and Reagan P. Flaherty.

  • Schools placed on lockdown

    At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from West Crossing Drive, Forest. The caller advised that two black males wearing ski masks entered his home armed with a handgun. The suspects took the callers safe and left in a grey SUV. The caller said one of the suspects was wearing a yellow jacket and the other had on a grey jacket. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies are actively searching the area for the suspect vehicle. As a precautionary measure several Forest schools were placed on a perimeter lock-down, which was lifted at 2:20 p.m.

  • JF band member adds his name to the All-American wall

        In what has become an annual event, Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) held an assembly to recognize the acceptance of one of its band students to the Army All-American Marching Band.

        The band, consisting of high school band members from all over the country, performs at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, in January. The All-American Bowl is an all-star game for high school football players from all over America.

  • Next Stop Bedford!

        On Thursday, Nov. 9, a “Next Stop Bedford” Rail Rally will be held as the Amtrak train passes through Bedford en route to Roanoke.

        The goal is to show support for Amtrak stopping in Bedford while traveling between Roanoke and Lynchburg.

  • Time to go to the polls

        Next Tuesday is election day.

        Virginia will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. All members of the House of Delegates are up for reelection, but none of the three delegates who represent Bedford County are facing an opponent.
        Locally, the District 2, District 3 and District 4 board of supervisors and school board seats are open. However the only contested races are the District 2 supervisors race and the District 4 school board race.