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Today's News

  • New 4-H agent joins County extension service

        Beth Hawse came by her love for 4-H the old-fashioned way—she lived it.

        As a fourth-grader she saw a presentation on all that 4-H camp had to offer and she knew she had to take part.
        “I was hooked,” she said of her camp experience.
        And it’s been a part of her life ever since.
        Hawse is the new extension agent in Bedford County in charge of 4-H Youth Development.

  • Coyote Lottery program a success; will expand this year

        A program to help encourage coyote hunting here in Bedford County was so successful last year, it is expanding this year.

  • Johnsons win state award for young farmers

        W. P. Johnson, and his wife, Dr. Amy Johnson, were awarded this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation Excellence in Agriculture Award for Virginia.

        “We competed as a couple,” said W. P. Johnson.
        “That’s quite an honor,” he commented.
        Johnson said the awards are based on what a farmer does to promote agriculture and educate people about it. Candidates are asked what they believe the three main challenges are that young farmers face today.

  • Local fish farm brings fresh fish to customers

    John Graham has been interested in farming fish since the mid-1990s—now he’s doing it, right in his own backyard.

        Graham, who lives off Peaks Street in the town of Bedford, has seen his dream grow from a few fish in his living room aquarium into a combination of large-recirculating systems and ponds with, at any given time, hundreds of fish successfully growing to the proper size for harvest.
        In essence, he has a series of “very large fish tanks on steroids.”

  • Bedford County Farm Bureau celebrates 60 years

        Bedford County Farm Bureau celebrated its 60th anniversary at the annual dinner this month. The Farm Bureau presented its 2013 Distinguished Service Award to Roger Grant, one of the local organization’s original members. Grant was born on his family’s farm, graduated from Montvale High School in 1950 and started his own dairy farm in 1952.

  • A farmer never retires

        Ray Turner, a Bedford County dairy farmer, has seen huge changes in agriculture in his 88 years of life. As a teenager, he plowed fields with a horse-drawn, single blade plow. Now, he uses a computer-controlled system to feed Holstein calves.

        “I was born in that house,” he said, pointing to the large, white farmhouse where he still lives today. “My dad built that house. He came here in nineteen and twelve.”

  • Cuccinelli stops in Bedford

        Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli brought his campaign for governor through Bedford late Saturday afternoon, asking supporters to knock on doors and bring voters over to his side, one at a time.

        Cuccinelli stopped at the Republican Victory Center on Grove Street to speak with supporters who were also greeted by Del. Lacey Putney and Del. Kathy Byron.

  • Byron, Cyphert speak at candidate forum

        A candidate forum, sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Association at Trinity Ecumenical Parish last week, drew a bumper crop of candidates for local offices in Franklin County.

  • Mind like a ‘Steele’ trap

        Thirty of the finest young scientific minds congregated in Washington, D.C., last week.

  • Class of '14 seeks help of LHS alumni to raise funds for sign

        The Liberty High School class of 2014 began collecting dollar bills from alumni last Friday.