Today's News


    As part of the initial plan development to replace the Route 634 (Hardy Road) bridge over Smith Mountain Lake located at the Bedford and Franklin County line, a Virginia Department of Transportation hydrographic survey team will use sonar to map the lake bottom beneath the bridge.  The survey is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16.

  • JF teacher arrested, suspended from duties

    A Jefferson Forest High School English teacher has been suspended and has tendered his resignation following his arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    According to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office an alleged incident occurred between Joseph Clark, 28, and a minor on the evening of April 28 or early Sunday morning, April 29. Clark was arrested on Thursday, May 10.

  • Community Events and Calendar (week of May 9, 2012)

    Sign-ups and notices

    Cruzin Downtown Bedford

  • Church news (week of May 9 2012)


    Cleaning the cemetery
    Suck Spring Baptist Church will be cleaning up the church cemetery to prepare for mowing to begin May 26. If anyone would like to save flowers or items left on graves or around tombstones, pick them up by May 25. If anyone has questions about cemetery requirements, call 540-586-3709 and leave a message.

    Spring revival

  • Virginia in the battleground spotlight

    There was a long time when the way Virginia voted in presidential elections wasn’t debated or wondered about. It was taken for granted.
        After going for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, everything changed in Virginia when the national Democratic Party embraced civil rights legislation. Most white segregationists took their racism to the Republican Party or became independents, as did the Byrd family. It was the beginning of the end of the old Byrd Machine in Virginia.

  • The rush to the exits

        One of the many troubling aspects of President Barack Obama’s national defense policy is his rush to the exits in Afghanistan. When he first ran for president, back in 2008, he called the war in Afghanistan the “necessary war” contrasting it with the war in Iraq.
        He was right back then. Invading Iraq in 2003 was something we could have avoided as we had Saddam Hussein contained. Afghanistan, however, was a totally different situation. Let’s remember why we are there in the first place.

  • Student performance, Grade A

    Several weeks ago we ran an editorial highlighting where Bedford County ranks in per pupil spending among the other school districts in Virginia. Several took offense to the editorial for a variety of reasons.
        Our goal was to spark a conversation about Bedford County’s commitment to funding education, not to question the education area students are receiving. We feel students here do very well, for a variety of reasons—good teachers, parental involvement and volunteers who go above and beyond.

  • Sedalia Center continues legacy set by Bill and Annis McCabe

        The Sedalia Center exists because of the vision of Bill and Annis McCabe.

        The couple purchased the former school building from the county at an auction more than 20 years ago with the idea of turning it into an arts center in a rural setting. They shortly got it rolling, setting it up as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a board of directors. It runs entirely on donations, the proceeds of festivals and volunteers — lots of volunteers.

  • Supervisors approve Harmony rezoning

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved, Monday night, a rezoning that will clear the way for the proposed Harmony development.
        The Harmony proejct consists of 59 acres on the south side of U. S. 460 that straddles the city/county line on the west side of Bedford. The portion of the Harmony that lies inside the city limits already has the zoning necessary for the project, but the 49 acres in the county was zoned AR (agricultural/residential). George Aznavorian needed the land rezoned PD-1 in order to proceed.

  • Many gather at area events to observe National Day of Prayer

    By John Barnhart and

    Tom Wilmoth

        The National Day of Prayer drew approximately 40 people to the courthouse steps in Bedford around noon for prayer, Thursday. Many also gathered in Moneta as several Lake area churches held the third annual observance of the national event at Downtown Moneta.
        Other churches throughout the area also held observances of the event, joining people all over the country in the 61st annual event.