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Today's News

  • Johnson’s Orchard receives Century Farm designation

        The Virginia Department of Agriculture has named Johnson’s Orchard as a Century Farm.

  • Cafe on Depot is open in the Electric Company building

        Cafe on Depot officially opened on April 9.

        The cafe occupies the restaurant facility at the east end of the Electric Company building. The building once housed Bedford’s electric department and you can still see the conduits, just below the edge of the roof, that once carried power lines out to the town. The building housed a steam-powered generator 120 years ago.
        Cafe on Depot is owned and operated by Kim Laverty.
        “I love cooking,” she said.

  • LU to refurbish D-Day display

        The L-3 “Grasshopper” that has been on display at the National D-Day Memorial was in need of some work. The fabric-skinned little airplane has been exposed to the elements for nearly 18 years.

  • Council honors Whitehurst

        In a last minute addition to its agenda last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council presented a resolution to Dr. Cherie Whitehurst honoring her.

        Dr. Whitehurst, hired in 1990, has worked in all three of Bedford Public Schools attendance zones. At the time she was named assistant superintendent of schools in 2009, she was serving as Liberty High School’s principal. 
        Liberty High School was also her alma mater and her father, Jim Cutler, served as the high school’s head baseball coach for 40 years.

  • New middle school set to open

        To say Liberty Middle School Principal Dr. Shawn Trosper is just looking forward to school opening would be a vast understatement.

  • Chamber hires new CEO

        The new CEO of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is a familiar face to many in the local business community.

        Wende Gaylor, who took over the job last week, was formerly the Chamber’s marketing and events coordinator from 2002 to 2007.  When the CEO job came open after Susan Martin’s resignation last month, Gaylor immediately applied for it.

  • FMS request delayed

        Bedford County’s supervisors had a lot on their plate at their meeting Monday night, although one item that might have dominated discussion was removed at the beginning of a 5 p.m. work session that preceded the regular meeting.

  • Altavista woman helped with rescue

        This past week Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies were able to identify an unknown female who assisted Cpl. Sonny Daniels in the life saving efforts of a child at Smith Mountain Lake.
        Brandi Hudson, of Altavista, teamed up with Cpl. Daniels and together saved this child’s life. After the child responded Hudson, who is a surgical nurse and a mother of three children, left the area without giving her name.

  • Bedford man faces six months in jail for accident that hurt passenger

        A 24-year-old Bedford man will spend six months in jail for an accident that occurred September 10 of last year while he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
        Shane David Danby pleaded no contest to charges of felony maiming while driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, first offense.
        Judge James Updike sentenced Danby to three years in prison on the maiming charge with all but six months suspended. Danby received a 30-day suspended sentence on the DWI charge.

  • Moneta man faces 22 charges for alleged break-ins