• 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.

  • Town awards contract for lumber harvest

        Last week Bedford Town Council voted 6-0, with councilman Bruce Johannessen absent,  to award Northwest Hardwoods a contract to cut timber on property the town owns near Stoney Creek Reservoir.
        The property is located across Wheats Valley Road from the reservoir. The town expects to earn $188,000 from the timber.
        According to Town Manager Bart Warner, the town had the state forester put together a plan for the timber cutting.

  • A vision for downtown

        A process to develop a revitalization plan for Bedford, called School-to-School, got underway with community meetings last month.

  • Bedford remembers

        This Friday, June 8, the town of Bedford and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation will unveil the first two of six historical markers of the “Bedford Remembers” campaign.
        The first plaque dedication will take place at 5 p.m. along W. Main St. at the newly installed platform in front of Smyth Companies. Those gathered will then process to Centertown Park for the unveiling of the second plaque.

  • Parties to hold primaries on Tues.

        Both Democrats and Republicans have called for primaries this coming Tuesday, June 12.
        Four Democrats —  Sergio A. Coppola II,  Jennifer Lynn Lewis, Peter J. Volosin  and Charlotte Ann Moore — are seeking their party’s nod to run for the District 6 House of Representatives.
        Republicans will hold a primary the same day.  Corey A. Stewart, Nick J. Freitas  and
    E. W. Jackson are seeking the Republican nod to take on incumbent Senator Tim Kaine in November.

  • Renewanation granted tax exempt status

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted at a regular meeting last week to grant Renewanation real estate tax exempt status for its headquarters in Bedford County.
        The ministry was founded in 2008 and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. It is focused on assisting Christian schools and home schoolers.
        The facility the ministry sought tax exempt status for is located on Gravel Hill Road, off Hardy Road. The ministry is 95 percent donor funded. The ministry paid $1,700 in property tax on the facility last year.

  • Town finds group to take over Centerfest

        In spite of Bedford Main Street’s recent demise, Centerfest will go on as scheduled on Sept. 22.
         This time the Lynchburg Retail Merchants’ Association (RMA) will be in charge. Thursday night, after a long closed session during which Bedford Town Council listened to three applicants interested in running the annual street festival, council unanimously awarded RMA the right to close streets for Centerfest.