Today's News

  • 50 years of service

        The Rev. Henry Henderson, pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church, will celebrate 50 years of service to the church on July 13. It will be celebrated with a big dinner at the Forest Rec Center.

        “We are calling it a Golden Jubilee,” said Sandy Payne, a member of the anniversary committee.
        Actually, Rev. Henderson, who was 27 when he came here, was a bit reluctant to come at first.

  • Derby Day

        The wet evening didn’t dampen spirits at Avenel, Saturday night, when more than 150 people turned out for the biggest party in Bedford.

  • A place to get fit!

        The newest addition to Liberty Lake Park’s offerings was dedicated last week.

         It’s a fitness court and it was built without requiring taxpayer funding. It’s part of the National Fitness Initiative and it’s the first of the Initiative’s fitness courts built in Virginia.
        D. W. Lawhorne, the town’s director of public works, and Town Councilman Bryan Schley learned of the fitness courts.

  • Online business opens brick-and-mortar location

        A business that has been solely online for four years now has a brick-and-mortar location.

        Something Else Boutique, owned and operated by Jenée Welsh, and her husband, Joe, opened its first brick-and-mortar location, located at the corner of North Bridge Street and West Depot Street, on March 7. She said the online business generates between 400 and 500 orders a week and the physical location is part of her expanding business.

  • Boys with a Dream holds prayer circle

        Boys with a Dream held its annual prayer circle April 27 at the Bedford’s Farmers Market. The event began during what Bob Carson, president of the Bedford Branch of the NAACP, described as a difficult time for law enforcement.

        “We wanted to begin a relationship between young people and police,” Carson said.
        Saturday marked the fourth time they have done this.

  • U. S. 460 fatality accident

        A Lynchburg man died after striking two vehicles while driving on the wrong side of US 460 near Owen’s Market. Three others were injured in the accident.

        Virginia State Police Trooper T.M. Wertz is investigating the three-vehicle fatal crash in Bedford County. The crash occurred May 4 at 1:30 p.m. on US 460 near Harvest Lane.

  • School board adopts budget, approves FMS project contract

    Most school staff in Bedford County Public Schools will receive a 4 percent raise next year as a result of action taken by the Bedford County School Board at a special called meeting last Wednesday.
        The School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during that meeting on a 5-2 vote. Board members Martin Leamy and Susan Kirby voted against the budget. The two have been critical of the school system’s adoption of a personalized learning approach to teaching.

  • Schuch named VASS president

        Bedford County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch is looking forward to helping new superintendents throughout the commonwealth in his new role as president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS).
        Dr. Schuch called it “humbling” that       his peers would elect him to serve in this capacity of leadership.

  • Local police chief shares his knowledge with Nicaraguan police

        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman goes to Nicaragua every year as a member of a mission group from his church, Bedrock Community Church.

        The church  has a relationship with a ministry called “Because We Care Ministries,” which works in a Nicaraguan city called Somotillo. That’s where the Bedford group goes.
        The Bedford missions team goes out  in the morning and delivers food. Foreman said he sees poverty there far below anything he’s seen here.

  • Supervisors look at surplus

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a 5 p.m. work session Monday to reach a consensus on how a $135,000 surplus in the budget should be allocated.

        That’s the amount in excess of the draft budget county staff developed at the 50 cent per $100 in assessed value real estate tax the supervisors adopted last month.