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Today's News

  • Five times in six years

        Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) may be getting used to this.

        Emily Pickering a senior and member of the school’s marching band has been selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The band will play during halftime at the All-American Bowl to be played in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio on the first Saturday in January.  This game will feature two teams made up of the best high school football players in America.

  • Medical crisis prompts local woman to publish book

        What do you do if you nearly die? Bedford County native Shelly Hill took her second chance at life to publish a book of fine art photography.

        Hill, a 1991 Liberty High School graduate, was 34 when she came down with Fifth Disease. This disease is caused by parvovirus B19, a human virus. It is not the same virus that causes parvo in dogs. Dogs can’t catch parvovirus B19, nor can people catch it from dogs.

  • Sweet gratitude

        Dr. Ron Hendrickson, a dentist in Goode, offered children an offer they couldn’t refuse. At least their parents couldn’t refuse it.  He offered to buy Halloween candy for $1 per pound. One child took him up on the offer to the tune of four pounds.

        “It’s amazing how these kids kept coming in,” Dr. Hendricksen commented.

  • Elks Home village

        The Elks National Home, now an English Meadows Senior Living Community, will hold an open house on Dec. 2 from 7-9 p.m. If you go, you’ll get a chance to tour the interior of the historic Home.

        “We are inviting the community to see the beauty of the indoors,” said Sharon Jones, the Home’s activities director. “It’s prettier than the outdoors.”

  • Annual Festival of Trees is underway

        Local organizations have been busy decorating Christmas trees at the Welcome Center for the Center’s annual Festival of Trees. People can vote for their favorite tree by contributing $1 per vote. These voters are encouraged to vote early and vote often. This contest is a fundraiser and each tree has a designated local charity. The charities designated by the top three winning trees get the money raised by the contest.

  • Bedford man to serve two years in prison

        A Bedford man will spend two years in prison for his conviction Friday of aggravated sexual battery.
        Gregory Wayne Overstreet had pleaded no contest to the charge during a hearing Sept. 16 and Friday adjudication of that plea was made during a sentencing hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court. Judge James Updike sentenced Overstreet to 10 years in prison for the conviction, suspended after two years in prison.

  • Bedford Christmas Parade is Dec. 6

        The Bedford Christmas parade will be held December 6 at 4 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “A Christmas Story” in Bedford.
        The parade will be followed by the Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. in the Centertown Plaza (Bridge & Main). There will also be carriage rides and free pictures with Santa in SantaLand that evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
        Carriage rides will also be available through Centertown and free pics with Santa from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12 and Friday, December 19.

  • Drug collection receptacle being utilized

        The drug collection receptacle now in place at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office appears to be doing its job.
         The first week of its use appeared to be fruitful, yielding 7.45 pounds of pills.
        The two oldest prescriptions were from 1969 and 1963.
        There was a large number of liquid meds along with inhalers, ointments and even several Eppy Pens.  CVS/pharmacy provided the drug collection receptacle to the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Drug collection unit provides safe disposal

        Residents in Bedford County now have a way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications anytime they want.

        On Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a drug collection receptacle that has been placed in the outer lobby of the front entrance to the Sheriff’s Office, located at 1345 Falling Creek Rd. in Bedford. The receptacle was obtained through a partnership with CVS Pharmacy and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

  • Spotlight on agriculture

        Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry stopped by Bedford, Monday for Delegate Scott Garrett’s annual Spotlight on Agriculture breakfast.