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Today's News

  • Centerfest is Saturday!

        Bedford’s showcase event, Centerfest, will be held this Saturday, Sept. 22, kicking off festival season throughout the county.
        There will plenty for all to enjoy at this family event.
        Centerfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring two entertainment stages, a Kids Zone, food galore and some 120 artisans and vendors.

  • Bedford PD teams with Angels of Assisi for event

        The Bedford Police Department sponsored an Angels of Assisi clinic at the Westgate shopping center recently.

        The clinic provided low cost vaccines for dogs and cats. A rabies vaccination cost $5. Vaccinations for distemper and parvo in dogs and distemper in cats were available. By noon, nearly 80 animals, almost all of them dogs, took advantage of the clinic, which also included  a weigh-in and a brief veterinarian check. Micro chipping was available.

  • The smile said it all

        The sheriff’s office last week honored several deputies and a citizen, for their efforts in saving lives.

  • Providing food for others

        A modest metal building next to a farm field in Big Island is the national headquarters of a ministry that salvages massive amounts of fresh produce that would have otherwise gone to waste.

  • Centra BMH sponsors new Fitness Court at Liberty Lake Park

        The town of Bedford will be the first site in Virginia for a “Fitness Court,” receiving a grant from California-based National Fitness Campaign, creator of the rotational station outdoor gym.

         The Court will be located at Liberty Lake Park and will be free to the public through the grant.
        The town is partnering with Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital as a sponsor.

  • Four vie for 3 seats on Council

        Voters in Bedford will be able to choose from a field of four candidates who will fill the three seats on Town Council up for election on Nov. 6. Bedford’s town councilmen serve on an at-large  basis,  so   voters  will cast votes for three candidates. The top three vote getters will serve on Town Council.
        The candidates include Bob Wandrei, Darren Shoen, Bruce Hartwick and Steve Rush.

    Bob Wandrei

  • School board discusses rising cost of FMS project

        After a work session in which the Bedford County School Board listened to a lengthy presentation on personalized learning, the school board took on the issue of an increase in the projected cost of the Forest Middle School (FMS) expansion.
        Kenneth Thacker spoke to the school board about the cost increase. Thacker represented VMDO Architects, the firm hired to handle the expansion project. Thacker had spoken, Monday evening, to the board of supervisors about the cost increase.

  • Youth deer hunt provides intro to hunting

        The last weekend of September is designated by the state as a time to introduce youth to deer hunting. It’s just before deer season starts, so there are no adult hunters in the woods.
        In Bedford County, local hunter safety instructors will hold a youth deer hunt at Kennedy’s Orchard on Sept. 29. Vernie Kennedy, who owns the 288 acre tract of land, which has been in his family since 1813, is a long-time firearms and hunter safety instructor.

  • BCSO arrests River Oak murder suspects

        All four of the suspects of a Sept. 7 shooting have been arrested by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        On Friday, Sept. 7, Bedford County 911 received a call from 1034 River Oak Dr. at 11:44 p.m. by a male subject stating that his roommate had been shot.
        According to a report from the BCSO, a Bedford County deputy arrived on scene at 11:50 p.m. and found a male subject in the floor with multiple gunshots to his body. Deputies started CPR until Rescue arrived and took over.

  • Education, Life itself

    By Glenn Ayers

        A “mind-set” between teachers and students is the way Bedford school superintendent, Doug Schuch, describes the county’s new student-based learning system.
        He doesn’t like calling what’s going on at Staunton River Middle School and Jefferson Forest High School programs. “It sounds too much like people being forced to do something.”  What’s wanted, he explains, is this “mind-set” that produces ideal results.