Local News

  • JROTC unit celebrates successful year

    Bedford’s JROTC unit, based at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC), celebrated a successful year with an awards ceremony Thursday night.

        The high point of the year came when the Army awarded the unit with the highest possible rating following an accreditation inspection. The inspection was carried out by inspectors from the Army Cadet Command’s 4th Brigade. This team carried out an inspection of all high school level Army JROTC in south-central Virginia.

  • Combating domestic violence

    Bedford Domestic Violence Services recently honored local law enforcement for their efforts to help domestic violence victims.

  • City makes offer on reversion to town status

    The possibility that Bedford may revert to town status is still in progress.

  • Helping seniors: Organizations honored for efforts

    The Bedford area annually honors citizens and organizations that have done a great deal to help elderly people. This year the Award of Recognition Benefactors of the Elderly (ARBE) award, presented at Elderfest, went to the Bedford Moose Lodge and Andy Dooley.


  • A winning dance

    Body Camp Elementary School held a unique fundraiser last month called Dancing with the Staff.

        It was based on the TV show Dancing with the Stars. In the Body Camp version, 5th grade students formed teams with members of the elementary school staff. The pairs worked for eight weeks on their routines, under the instruction of local dance teachers.

  • Bedford Christian Academy to close

    When this school year ends, Bedford Christian Academy will close its doors permanently.

        The Christian school, which uses a classical education approach, first began as New Covenant Schools of Bedford in the mid-1990s. It was an education outreach of New Covenant Reformed Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, which had seen success with a similar school in Lynchburg.

  • Chamber proposes taking over Main Street program

    With Bedford Main Street, Inc., in a state of transition after having lost its executive director earlier this year, the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has proposed that it take over the administration of the program.

        But the recommendation is not being embraced by the Main Street board.

  • City council to consider raising real estate tax rate

    As Bedford City Council works through the upcoming budget proposal, several city programs are already being affected. And so might city residents’ pocket books. Council is considering raising both personal property and real estate taxes.

        During a work session last week, council agreed to advertise for the possibility of raising the real estate tax rate 5 cents from the current 81 cents per $100 of assessed value, along with a 26-cent increase to the personal property tax rate. Council is also considering raising the tax on cigarettes 10 cents.

  • Bedford County seniors earn college degrees while still in high school

    Though 22 Bedford high school seniors will have to wait until June 13 to graduate from their respective high schools, they already have one diploma.

        The students, the first class of the Early College Program in Bedford County, walked across the stage at the Liberty University Vines Center Thursday night to receive their general studies associate’s degrees from Central Virginia Community College.

  • Farmers: Be alert on county road

    Bedford County still boasts a large number of farms. This means that, at any time of year, you may encounter a local farmer on the highway with slow moving piece of equipment.

        “It’s going to pick up now that we are in planting season and harvesting season,” said Scott Baker, the county’s agricultural extension agent.