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Today's News

  • JF senior receives All-American honor

    By Brandi Mitchell

    JF Intern Writer

        On Tuesday at 1:45 p.m., senior Allyson Gilmour became the seventh Jefferson Forest High School student to join the elite United States Army All-American Marching Band in just six years.
        She was honored for her outstanding achievement in color guard, as well as her qualities of leadership and integrity, before her classmates, teachers, fellow band members and her closest friends and family.

  • Nathalie man facing child porn charges

        On November 10, investigators from Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, along with investigators from Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, served warrants on Leslie Gerber of Nathalie, related to charges involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. 

        Additionally, a search warrant for additional evidence related to the arrest warrants, was also executed.

  • Honoring our veterans

        Veterans Day originally started as Armistice Day. The armistice that ended World War I took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It was a huge war, the worst war in history until it was eclipsed by World War II.

  • Board OK’s contract for new school, gym

        The contracts are approved and now it’s finally time to begin construction on a new middle school in the Liberty zone.

        Last Thursday, the Bedford County School Board unanimously accepted the bid of Jamerson-Lewis Construction in the amount of $28,799,365 for the middle school project.
         The board also approved the bid of Blair Construction in the amount of $4,643,750 for the Liberty High School competition gym project.

  • Council doesn’t chicken out

        Bedford residents living in low density residential areas (R1) will now be able to keep chickens in their backyard.
        According to Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner, the new ordinance is based on the ordinances that Roanoke and Salem have and no roosters are allowed.
        Enforcement will  be complaint driving. Council adopted the ordinance by a 5-0 vote with Councilmen Beckham Stanley and Jim Vest absent.

  • Homeowner grateful for help

        This is not the way you would want your day to start.

        “We were in bed sleeping very soundly,” Tom Faulkner, who lives at Big Easy Place, said. “We were awakened somewhere around 5:45 by Molly Lagrou.”
        That’s 5:45 a.m. and Faulkner and his wife, Donna, had never met Lagrou in their life.
        “Molly saw the fire from 122,” Faulkner said.

  • Election drew high voter turnout

        Election day appeared to be drawing a heavy voter turnout. According to County Registrar Barbara Gunter, most precincts had recorded a 50 percent voter turnout by 3 p.m.  She noted that this is a high turnout.

        For complete results of Tuesday’s election visit www.bedfordbulletin.com Wednesday or see next week’s paper.

  • Ministry or homeless shelter?

        Bedford’s planning commission had  an item on its agenda, Thursday evening, about whether to issue a conditional use permit to allow Grace House Community Church to operate a homeless shelter. It didn’t quite go that way.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House, argued that the homeless shelter is what his church does. He said Grace House started in 2011.
        “We found a need that was in the community,” he said.

  • Autumn on Stage

        The Liberty High School Theatre Department, under the direction of Shayna Crews, continues to expand its offerings.

        This Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the department will present Autumn on Stage which will feature a one-act play and choreographed selections performed by the Liberty High School Dance Ensemble. The presentation will be held in the LHS auditorium.
        The one-act play, “Girl Town,” is the school’s entry for the 2016 VHSL One-Åct Play competition.

  • Bedford Urban Gardens ends first year

        The growing season is over and Bedford Urban Garden (BUG) has completed its first full year. Town Councilman Beckham Stanley noted that 18 months worth of work turned an overgrown street corner into a beautiful garden.

        The garden works with the local Virginia Cooperative Extension office. Scott Baker, the office’s director, said local Master Gardeners conducted workshops throughout the growing season. Baker is a BUG education advisor.