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Today's News

  • Group from Russian Y visit Bedford

        The Bedford Area YMCA hosted guests from the YMCA in Novosibirsk, Russia, last week.    

  • Don’t worry: It’s only a training exercise

        If you see a lot of police around Bedford Elementary School or the Army Reserve Center this Saturday, don’t be alarmed – it’s only a training exercise.
        This Saturday local law enforcement agencies will be conducting training on dealing with an active shooter. Though the training closely follows the recent shooting in Dallas, Texas, it actually has been in the planning for months, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown. “This is not a reaction to (what happened) in Dallas,” he said.

  • Bedford, Franklin Heritage Trail set to launch July 23

        A joint county heritage trail project featuring historic landmarks and properties around Bedford and Franklin counties will debut with a special inaugural tour to be held Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • 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.