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Today's News

  • 297 M-Market sold

    297 Minute Market is metamorphosing into a Go-Mart today.

        Rixie Lineberry, who owned the gas station and convenience store for 31 years, sold the business to the West Virginia chain and the store will close on Oct. 15 for the changeover. It reopens Oct. 16.

  • Individual affiliated with Thaxton Elementary diagnosed with TB

    An individual affiliated with Thaxton Elementary School has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB).

    The division was notified by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday following positive laboratory test results. A joint letter from Bedford County Public Schools and the Department of Health will be sent to all parents at Thaxton Elementary on Monday, October 13 that provides additional details regarding this situation.

  • Redistricting plan unveiled

    Bedford County Public Schools has released a proposed redistricting plan for students in the Staunton River attendance zone affected by the closing of Body Camp Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • Board won't reconsider closing Body Camp Elementary

        An attempt to get the Bedford County School Board to revisit plans to close Body Camp Elementary School—and possibly Thaxton Elementary—failed due to lack of support during Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Judge: Graves won't be moved

        A request by Bank of the James to move a small graveyard on U. S. 460, just east of Applebee’s, was denied by Judge James Updike last week.
        An initial hearing was held in late July, but people who believe they have relatives buried in the graveyard objected.  A final decision was postponed until Oct. 1 to give Dr. Charles Boyd, of Radford University Forensic Science Institute, a chance to examine the site using ground-penetrating radar.

  • Intruder at FES leads to increased security at school

        Bedford County Public Schools officials are working to increase security at Forest Elementary School following reports of an intruder who entered the school Sept. 19.
        According to school officials, an African-American man, bald and apparently in his 20s, went to the school and requested to have lunch with a first grade student.

  • YOVASO moves to middle school

        YOVASO, an organization that has been in Bedford County high schools, is moving to the middle school level. YOVASO stands for Youth of Virginia Speak Out. Its purpose is to get teens involved promoting traffic safety to their school mates.

        A large YOVASO event for middle schoolers was held at Jefferson Forest High School, Friday, with JFHS YOVASO members serving as youth leaders for the middle school students. They led sessions on peer leadership and successful youth traffic safety programs.

  • Foreman named new Bedford Police chief

    Todd Foreman has been appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Bedford.

    An 18 year veteran of the Bedford Police Department, Foreman has served in the office of Lieutenant since 2009. He is a graduate of Liberty University, where he is completing work on a Master of Science degree.

    Foreman is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as the Professional Executive Leadership School sponsored by the University of Richmond. He succeeds Jim Day, who retired from the position after eight years.

  • Big Otter Mill: Doing its job again

    If all goes well, Big Otter Mill will grind corn again, this coming Saturday, for the first time since the mill closed in 1949, according to Becky Wuergler, president of the board of directors of Friends of the Big Otter Mill.

        Bedford County owns the mill — it was donated to the county several years ago — and  Friends of the Big Otter Mill is the private, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that raises funds for the mill, handles its operation and arranges for restoration work.

  • Salvaging history

        The Elks Home’s barn no longer has silos. The two red-capped silos were dismantled last week by Black Dog Salvage.

        According to Mike Williams, one of the partners who purchased the Home, the silos had to come down because they posed a safety issue. One was pulling away from the barn, and both had to come down because they are connected. Williams said there is also a tall, brick smokestack at the Home that will have to come down, due to safety concerns, because it has a crack in it.