Today's News

  • Tax exempt

        It’s unfortunate that a county official would state that a ministry such as Renewanation serves no public need. That comment was made last week by County Attorney Patrick Skelley while the supervisors were considering whether to grant the organization a real estate tax exemption for its home office located in Hardy.
        Thankfully, however, a majority of the supervisors didn’t follow Skelley’s recommendation to oppose the tax exemption status.

  • Bedford remembers

        This Friday, June 8, the town of Bedford and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation will unveil the first two of six historical markers of the “Bedford Remembers” campaign.
        The first plaque dedication will take place at 5 p.m. along W. Main St. at the newly installed platform in front of Smyth Companies. Those gathered will then process to Centertown Park for the unveiling of the second plaque.

  • Parties to hold primaries on Tues.

        Both Democrats and Republicans have called for primaries this coming Tuesday, June 12.
        Four Democrats —  Sergio A. Coppola II,  Jennifer Lynn Lewis, Peter J. Volosin  and Charlotte Ann Moore — are seeking their party’s nod to run for the District 6 House of Representatives.
        Republicans will hold a primary the same day.  Corey A. Stewart, Nick J. Freitas  and
    E. W. Jackson are seeking the Republican nod to take on incumbent Senator Tim Kaine in November.

  • SML Hearing Center opens location in Bedford

    SML Hearing Center held a ribbon cutting at its new location in Bedford Friday and officially opened its doors at the new office on Monday.

        The new service center will be open on Mondays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Bedford at the office located at 1029K Turnpike Rd. Tuesday through Friday it will be open by appointment.
        This is the second location for SML Hearing Center. The flagship facility is located in Moneta at 1100 Celebration Ave., #210.

  • Renewanation granted tax exempt status

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted at a regular meeting last week to grant Renewanation real estate tax exempt status for its headquarters in Bedford County.
        The ministry was founded in 2008 and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. It is focused on assisting Christian schools and home schoolers.
        The facility the ministry sought tax exempt status for is located on Gravel Hill Road, off Hardy Road. The ministry is 95 percent donor funded. The ministry paid $1,700 in property tax on the facility last year.

  • Town finds group to take over Centerfest

        In spite of Bedford Main Street’s recent demise, Centerfest will go on as scheduled on Sept. 22.
         This time the Lynchburg Retail Merchants’ Association (RMA) will be in charge. Thursday night, after a long closed session during which Bedford Town Council listened to three applicants interested in running the annual street festival, council unanimously awarded RMA the right to close streets for Centerfest.

  • Bowser guilty on child porn charges

        Last August 1, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in which an unknown man had been  found inside a Bedford County residence.

  • March draws more than 100

        A protest march, organized on short notice by Tom Messier, a junior at Liberty High School, (LHS)  drew more than 100 to the Vista Foods parking lot last Wednesday.

        The majority of the marchers were high school students, but a number of adults also attended. The signs some marchers carried followed Messier’s admonition of “no bad words.” They all had positive messages.

  • Lake pictorial

        Bedford artist Lisa Floyd has created what she calls the SML Community Painting.

        It’s in the form of a pictorial map that shows Smith Mountain Lake area businesses, sights and icons. One of the icons is “Freedom” the eight-foot tall fiberglass rooster on Scruggs Road that caused quite a stir when a local businessman first set it up.

  • Softball: Liberty tops Staunton River in historic matchup

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor


    Never before had two teams from Bedford County played in the VHSL state softball tournament. That piece of history was rewritten on Tuesday June 5 as Staunton River took on Liberty at Liberty.