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Today's News

  • County has new economic development director

        Bedford County has a new director of economic development.

        Traci Blido’s first day on the job was Aug. 1. She’s been spending her time meeting with companies, learning about what their challenges are and what can be done to help them.

  • Local farms lead way in effort to clean streams

        The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District’s goal is to keep soil out of the water and it recently applauded local farmers for their efforts.

  • Ground broken for Eco-Village

    A crowd of about 100 people gathered on a warm autumn evening last week to witness the groundbreaking for Claytor Nature Study Center’s Eco-Village, located in Bedford County.

        The Eco-Village will consist of eight cabins and will be built about 400 feet from the nature study center’s main entrance, according to Dr. Greg Eaton, the study center’s director. Dr. Eaton hopes to start before the end of the calendar year.

  • Businesses add Social Media to reach customers

    “The times they are a changin’.”

        Bob Dylan surely wasn’t thinking of the Social Media when he penned that song back in 1964. But his conclusion might be applicable, just the same: “You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone, for the times they are a changin’.”
        There’s no doubt in these times, businesses, in order to succeed, must embrace the use of the Social Media.

  • Supervisors approve hiring grant for deputies to investigate gang activity

        According to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, there have been signs of some gang activity in the area.

        With that in mind, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved accepting a federal grant Monday night, that will pay the salary and benefits for two deputies designated to investigate gangs. The resolution to accept the grant was originally part of the supervisors’ consent agenda but was pulled out for separate discussion at the request of District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek.

  • Ghosts in the graveyard

        About 50 people turned out on a chilly, blustery evening, Thursday to talk to some ghosts in Longwood Cemetery.

  • Local NAACP branch holds Freedom Fund Banquet

        After two years, Bedford once again has an NAACP branch.

        The new Bedford Branch got started this past spring with Ronnie Miller as its president. Saturday, it held its Freedom Fund Banquet. This is an annual fundraising event that was always held in late October.
        This year’s keynote speaker was the Rev. Aaron Payne.

  • Candidates speak on issues

        All candidates in contested board of supervisors elections, plus District 5 supervisor Steve Arrington who is running unopposed, turned out for a candidate forum sponsored by the Bedford and Franklin County Tea Party. A moderator posed questions for the candidates to answer. The evening ended with members of the audience having the opportunity to ask their own questions.

        All were asked why they are running.

  • Down, but not out, man starts business in Bedford

        Bobby Patterson wasn’t about to let unemployment keep him down.

        So he went to work—at finding a job that is.
        And Patterson did just that, creating his own company, here in Bedford.
        Patterson is all about keeping Bedford clean and looking good, with his window and exterior cleaning service.

  • Bill Thomasson challenges incumbent District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler

    The race for District 1 supervisor is a contested race with two candidates vying for the opportunity to sit in the hot seat.


    Dale Wheeler
        Dale Wheeler has held the District 1 supervisor’s seat for two decades. He’s seeking another term.
        “I’m not running against anyone,” he said. “I’m running for reelection.”
        He’s also running as an independent, something that he considers valuable.