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Today's News

  • Celebrating the arts

    Congratulations to Sara Braaten, executive director of the Bower Center for the Arts, on being recognized for her work over the past three years at the Center.
        The James River Council for the Arts & Humanities recently presented her with the Arts Volunteer Award from the organization, noting that as the volunteer director of the non-profit, she was recognized for “almost single handedly transforming a quiet, little-known group into a lively and exciting center for the visual and performing arts.”

  • Cell tower plan needs update

        Bedford County’s telecommunications tower strategic plan needs an update, according to George Condyles, president of The Atlantic Group. This company serves as the county’s technical consultant on telecommunications tower issues.
        The current plan was adopted in 2002. At that time cell phone companies were in the process of transitioning from analog transmissions to digital. Wireless service concentrated on voice with very little data.
        “There was no such thing as apps,” Condyles said.

  • VT student from Bedford works on EcoCAR 2 project

        The EcoCAR 2 competition is an exciting challenge for Eli White, 2008 Liberty High School graduate and a mechanical engineering student at Virginia Tech. He likens it to working on a great puzzle.

  • BCSO seeks funds to allow inmates to serve on work details

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking funds to allow Blue Ridge Regional Jail inmates to form clean-up work details along highways in the county.

  • Bedford’s Teachers of Tomorrow scores national honor

        The  Teachers for Tomorrow program at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) earned an honor last month when students participated in the Future Educators Association (FEA) National Conference held in Baltimore, Md.

        Four Bedford County students along with Shawn Horrell, the Teachers for Tomorrow instructor, participated. This was the Bedford program’s first trip to the event, and the first time the students entered a project in the FEA National Competition.

  • New ambulance takes to the road

        A career ambulance crew that has been using a borrowed ambulance, provided courtesy of the Montvale Rescue Squad, now has its own. According to Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue, the ambulance was purchased from money obtained from insurance billing, rather than tax money. This is the second county-owned ambulance put into service this year.

  • Man pleads guilty to last year's Goode Country Store robbery

    A Bedford man charged with the armed robbery of Goode Country Store last March, pleaded guilty Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to six felonies.

        Jason Anthony Jackson, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced May 8.
        The charges included two counts of robbery, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of wearing a mask in public.

  • Bus driver, aide file responses to lawsuit

        The former Bedford County Public Schools bus driver and aide, named as defendants in a $20 million lawsuit filed by the father of a special education student, deny abusing the boy while he was being transported on their bus in 2009.
        In separate filings responding to the lawsuit in Lynchburg Circuit Court, both bus driver Alice Davis Holland and her aide, Mary Alice Evans, claimed that the allegations of abuse of the 11-year-old student, Timothy Earl Kilpatrick, were false.

  • Sheriff, former SRO named in $3M lawsuit

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Ernest Grubbs, a former Liberty High School (LHS) school resource officer, are facing a $3 million lawsuit. The suit was filed Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court by Elvin McCombs on behalf of his daughter, Audrey McCombs.

  • Bringing the arts to Bedford

        When the Bower Center for the Arts experienced financial difficulties three years ago, the organization was forced to let its executive director go.
        There wasn’t enough money to pay her.