Today's News

  • Planning commission looks at allowing chickens in county’s residential sections

        It may soon be possible for people living in residential areas in Bedford County to keep chickens.
        The Bedford County Planning Commission is considering a text amendment to the county’s zoning ordinance that will allow chickens without any special permits.
        One decision was minimum lot size.

  • Gathering at Sedalia provides chance to learn new skills

        Sedalia Center will host some new events this year. Actually, one is new and one is semi-new.

        The new event is called Gathering.
        According to Doris McCabe, the Center’s director, this is a skills sharing event and one she hopes will bring more young people to the Sedalia Center. The title comes from its goal to gather as much sustainable systems information together in one place as they can.
        Gathering will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6.

  • Vandals destroy election signs

        “We just lost our fourth election sign,” said Ann Duncan, chairman of the Bedford City Democratic Committee. Duncan spoke in a phone interview Thursday about vandalism to the previous signs.
        The signs were on private property. Three of them, one being a replacement for a previously vandalized sign, were along U. S. 460 and a fourth was along Independence Boulevard in Bedford. These were four-by-four-foot signs that Duncan said cost $13 each.

  • Planning staff preferred revising existing ordinance

        Two weeks ago District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker read a statement asserting that the county’s planning staff supported revising the existing zoning ordinance over writing a new one.
        Parker was a member of the planning staff at the time of her election last fall and resigned the position prior to being sworn in to her elected office. Last week, four members of the county’s planning staff went on record in phone interviews supporting Parker’s contention.

  • County holds first Agriculture Economic Development Forum

        More than 60 county farmers and agriculture supporters attended the Bedford Agriculture Economic Development Advisory Board’s (AEDAB) first public forum on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at the Bedford Welcome Center.

        Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Matt Lohr attended the event and spoke to attendees about the challenges and opportunities in agriculture, a $55 billion industry that produces more than 357,000 jobs statewide annually.

  • D-Day Memorial remembers the missing

        The National D-Day Memorial marked POW/MIA Awareness Day Friday.

        According to statistics from the Defense Prisoner of War Personnel Office, there are still 73,000 men missing in action from World War II, 7,500 from Korea and 1,600 from Vietnam. There are 126 men who never came back from Cold War era missions and remain unaccounted for. Six are missing in action from Iraq and other conflicts.

  • Fall festival excitement

    This week welcomes two of the area’s key festivals as the fall season bursts into its full colors this year.

        Bedford’s signature festival, CenterFest, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, but will get an early start this year with a new event, Friday’s CenterFest Gala. Meanwhile the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival also will draw thousands to the event held just across the Lake in Franklin County at LakeWatch Plantation in Moneta.

    Centerfest Gala is Friday

  • Scam suspect caught

        The man believed to have scammed residents from the Midwest to Bedford County is no longer on the run.

        But last week, the BCSO reported Foster had been picked up by the U.S. Marshall’s Service in Nashville, Tenn.

  • We made the top 10!

    Bedford has been named a Top 10 Small Town by Livability.com, a national Web site that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live and visit.

        The fictional TV town of Mayberry still represents the ideal small town – a close-knit community with low crime, a slower pace and wholesome fun. For the Livability.com Top 10 Small Towns list, editors set out to uncover the Mayberrys of 2012 – places where life can still be simple, quiet and complete, but with more places for residents to gather other than the local barber shop.

  • Debt, doubt, and decline doesn’t have to be the status quo

    By Congressman Robert Hurt