• Development concept for downtown gets closer look from the public

        The development of a revitalization concept plan for Bedford’s downtown is moving forward.
         A public meeting held May 30, with about 100 people in attendance,  generated suggestions that Hill Studio, of Roanoke, used to develop a draft concept plan. The draft plan was displayed at eight different locations in town over the first two weeks of July and public comment was solicited.

  • Leslie Cockburn visits Bedford in quest of 5th District congressional seat

        Leslie Cockburn is making her rounds of the 5th District—and those have included numerous stops in the Bedford area.

        The Democratic candidate for Congress in the 5th came through Bedford last Friday meeting with people from all walks of life. Her visit included stops at Bedford Christian Ministries, the Shepherd’s Table, the Bedford Farmers Market and a luncheon with area business leaders.

  • Council honors Whitehurst

        In a last minute addition to its agenda last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council presented a resolution to Dr. Cherie Whitehurst honoring her.

        Dr. Whitehurst, hired in 1990, has worked in all three of Bedford Public Schools attendance zones. At the time she was named assistant superintendent of schools in 2009, she was serving as Liberty High School’s principal. 
        Liberty High School was also her alma mater and her father, Jim Cutler, served as the high school’s head baseball coach for 40 years.

  • Board votes on land use requests

        A number of land use issues dominated the Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night. The public hearings drew virtually no public comment.

  • Gunter rules Gordon is county resident; Snow wins GOP firehouse primary

        How many names will be on the ballot, in November, in the election for Bedford County treasurer?

        It depends on what Amy Gordon decides to do. Gordon lost a Republican firehouse primary, Thursday night, but she may still be on the ballot. She had qualified for the ballot, earlier, as an independent and County Registrar Barbara Gunter said she still remains qualified.

  • Board starts looking for replacement for Boggess

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors began the process to find a replacement for County Administrator Carl Boggess, who will retire at the end of the year. 
        After a lengthy closed session, the supervisors voted to hire Novak Consulting Group, an executive search firm, to find Boggess’ replacement.

  • A sad end to search for missing child


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    It was a sad end to the search for a 2-year-old missing child Thursday afternoon after law enforcement officials confirmed that divers had located the missing boy's body around 1 p.m. at Smith Mountain Lake.

    The body of August Farley was found at 12:55 p.m. near a dock at the Lake. The family is from Texas and has been renting a home at SML.


  • Local officials address business leaders at Town Hall

        Local government and school officials addressed area business leaders at a town hall meeting, sponsored by Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, at the Welcome Center.

        Town Councilman Steve Rush spoke about the half cent increase in the meals tax, passed by Town Council a few years ago. He said it nets $135,000 per year for the town and this money finances an incentive program the town uses to encourage business property owners to improve their buildings.

  • Highway named in honor of Putney

        The section of U. S 221 between the Bedford town limits and the Lynchburg city limits has been named the Delegate Lacey E. Putney Memorial Highway.

        The name officially took effect and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) put up the highway signs on June 27. That day would have been Putney’s 90th birthday.

  • Board takes action on derelict properties

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors took action at its meeting Monday night to force owners of derelict properties to repair the buildings.