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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Council may get computers

        The town of Bedford is looking into buying computers — either laptop or tablet computers — for councilmen to use. Christie Crouch, the town’s technology manager, briefed Town Council on the project last week.

  • Fourth of July events

        There will be plenty of opportunities to see fireworks and enjoy Fourth of July events throughout the area this upcoming week.

    Bedford fireworks
        The Independence Day Fireworks in Bedford will be held on Sunday, July 3, beginning at dusk. Parking will be available at Liberty Lake Park. Handicap Parking is offered at the Bedford Visitor’s Center.

  • From refugee to brigadier general

        Brigadier General Lapthe Flora recalls his first meeting with his platoon sergeant when, as a second lieutenant, he took command of of a platoon in Clifton Forge’s Company C. The sergeant was a Vietnam veteran.

  • Honoring combat wounded

        Fisher’s Restaurant became the first Bedford business to reserve a parking spot for combat wounded veterans.

        The  Lynchburg  chapter Purple Heart has already placed 12 in the county, including at the Sheriff’s Office and the Bedford Moose Lodge. According to Clifton Krantz, a member of the Lynchburg chapter, Thaxton Baptist Church is reserving a spot and will get a sign. Two signs are also going up at the National D-Day Memorial.

  • County man accused of attacking landlord with bat

        At 10:09 a.m. last Saturday. June 25, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call in reference to an assault.
        The caller advised that he has a rental property on Homeplace Drive and went there to do some repairs. While there, the caller alleged he had been assaulted with a baseball bat by Kevin St. Clair, who is the son of the woman that rents the property. The caller advised he had a laceration on his arm and he returned to his home to call 911.

  • High school tracks to get upgrade

        A request to appropriate $3 million held in reserve for construction of the new middle school drew discussion about what happened to the remaining $1.1 million of the money left over from the Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) renovation.
        There was also discussion, and eventual approval, of a request for funding upgrades to the tracks at the county’s three high schools.