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  • Bedford Observatory opens doors to area sky watchers

    By Hannah Steele
    Bedford Middle School

        Why just merely look at the stars when, instead, you can see them at an observatory in Bedford?

  • Help Bedford try to win a fireworks display

        Erika Kuhfeldt of Bedford is hoping to win a fireworks display for the community this year.
        And she wants others to join in the effort.
         Kuhfeldt responded to a contest sponsored by the Destination America cable channel. Visitors to DestinationAmerica.com can enter their town in the contest to with a Fourth of July fireworks display. All you have to do is submit a short essay on “what makes your community worthy of a special celebration.”

  • Making up for lost time: School day to begin earlier, go longer

     

    Employees and students have been notified that due to the high number of days missed this year due to inclement weather, the school system is now required to make-up more than 11 hours of instructional time to meet state requirements.

  • More coyotes taken this year

        Bedford County’s coyote lottery grew this year.
        The 97 coyotes taken represent a slight increase over last year in spite of winter weather that created poor conditions for trapping and hunting. The number of sponsors providing prize money also grew, providing enough money to create two additional prizes.

  • A wild month for wild fires

        March is normally not a particularly bad month for wildfires, according to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, but this March has been different. Low humidity and strong winds on warm days created good conditions for fire.

        “We’ve been staying busy,” commented Creasy.

  • Bedford man arrested for felony hit and run in fatal accident that killed bicyclist

    A Bedford man has been charged with felony hit and run in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist Friday evening on Va. 122

    Michael Wayne Jenkins, 26, of Bedford, was arrested early Monday morning at his residence on Snowberry Hill. Jenkins is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

  • Eyes of Freedom

        A truck, called the Eyes of Freedom Truck, made a stop at the National D-Day Memorial, Friday. This truck commemorates a unit’s loss in the Iraq War — a Marine Reserve company that lost 26 men in 2005 in fighting in Al Anbar province — the type of loss in which Bedford can surely empathize.

  • New Rec Association feels growing pains

        For all of the benefits expected to arrive with the reversion of Bedford into a town, some negative aspects have come to fruition, as well.
        As part of the reversion agreement, what was formerly the City Parks and Recreation Department was to have fallen under the auspices of the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Deer kill up; so are the accidents

        No changes will be made in the town’s hunting regulations, following a successful season in which a few properties within the town’s boundaries qualified for hunting on that land.
        During a work session of the Public Safety Committee last Tuesday, Bedford Police Chief James Day said there weren’t any issues with the new hunting ordinance that took effect this hunting season. Six property owners took advantage of  the guidelines set up to allow for urban hunting.

  • Winter storm warning in effect; VDOT crews get ready

    SALEM DISTRICT:  VDOT CREWS PREPARED FOR MORE

    WINTER WEATHER

    Drivers encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and plan ahead

    SALEM– The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District is gearing up again to respond to anticipated winter weather in western Virginia.  VDOT has prepared equipment and alerted employees and contractors to be ready to mobilize.